Alexander William Elder, 1st Argyll & Sutherland highlanders. (Private ?)
Manuscript diary in two lined notebooks with marbled paper boards and cloth backs. One is in a khaki cloth cover with the title written on the upper cover.
First notebook comprises 59 closely written pages. The second appears to be a fair copy of the first and ends abruptly on 6th April 1901 on page 49. It covers the same ground as the first. Neither is a daily diary but are accounts written later.
Elder describes the regiment's embarkation from Dublin and arrival in Cape Town and entrainment for de Aar. He gives a vivid account of his experience at the Battle of Modder River on 28th November and draws a small sketch map of the battle. He writes in the fair copy, 'we swept on into the fatal first gun - and then and only then, there blazed out upon us 4 miles of rifles, cannon and machine guns, we then realised from General to Private, that we had walked unwittingly into the fiercest battle so far fought in the war.' He continues to the battle of Magersfontein and on 11th December his collapse from sun stroke. The diary continues on 19th February with an account of the battle of Paardeberg and an the surrender of Cronje. He then contracts dysentery and is moved to Kimberly to convalesce describing the town soon after its liberation. Upon recovering he rejoins his regiment in Bloemfontein and describes the advance to Pretoria. The final part of the diary finds him engaged in the North Eastern and Western Transvaal and suffering a light wound. The regiment returned to England in May 1902.
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