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Mafeking (South Africa), the Boer War
(1899-1902) and Maffra's connection
[Note: this is not a history of the Boer War but an
explanation of Maffra's association with it]
photographs below are held in the collections of the Stratford & District
Historical Society and the Maffra Sugar Beet Museum. Text has been
supplied courtesy of Stratford Society.
An individual's rank is indicated here at the time the
photograph was taken; that rank may have changed later.
Standing: Private Weir & Private Tweedie
Seated: Private J. Beecher & Private
These men served in
the Boer War in the Second Victorian Contingent.
William Weir was
invalided back to Australia, arriving in June 1901.
James Tweedie was promoted to Corporal in March 1901.
He was killed in action during the First World War.
Private Beecher's brothers also served in South Africa,
joining the Third Victorian Contingent (see below).
William Cochrane was promoted to Lance Corporal in
August 1902. On his return to Australia he was appointed commander
of a troop at Wangaratta. He returned to South Africa in the Fifth
Contingent as a Lieutenant and remained there to join the Australian
Commonwealth Horse. He finally returned to Australia in August 1902.
They were all
known to be members of the Victorian Mounted Rifles but are not wearing
the appropriate uniform for that group. In all probability this
photograph was taken in South Africa with the men wearing their battle
Standing: Private H. Beecher, Private A.
Beecher, Private Jones
Seated: Sergeant Pruden
These Stratford men
were members of the Bushman's Corps which formed the Third Victorian
Beecher was invalided back to Australia, arriving in May 1901.
Sergeant David Pruden was was killed in action at
Kosters River in the Transvaal on 21st July 1900. He is buried in
the nearby Rustenburg Cemetery; a memorial tablet is situated in the
Stratford Mechanics' Institute. The portrait (below left) shows him
as a young man wearing the uniform of the Victorian Mounted Rifles while
the card below celebrates his memory.
Photos: L, SDHS; below L, SDHS;