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Town Guards and DMTs - compiling unit information 8 years 7 months ago #2262

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I have a question and would be interested in hearing members' thoughts.

Work is underway to generate lists of the members of the Town Guards and DMT. Each unit would have its one page on the site. This page from the Zeerust Town Guard is a good example.

At present the page contains the list of names and nothing else.

I was wondering whether it would be feasible to put together some introductory text about the TGs and DMTs to accompany the nominal list? Picture would be fabulous if any could be located.

If this could be achieved, it would create a useful resource on these less well known participants in the Boer War but the question is to what extent it is realistic?

Please let me know what you think.

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Re: Town Guards and DMTs - compiling unit information 8 years 7 months ago #2263

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Good Morning David.....

It would be a facinating project.... There has not been much written about the Town Guards and DMT's other than the 4 big ones that I can think of, Mafeking, Ladysmith, Kimberly and O'Okiep..... Would information be hard to find???? Does anyone know of any published material on the others????

If I can help in anyway please let me know.....

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Re: Town Guards and DMTs - compiling unit information 8 years 7 months ago #2268

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David, I think this would be well worth the effort. The Town Guards and DMT and really a very neglected part of the war. I've very recently become interested in the Eastern Cape and what an interesting sideshow it is proving to be. Shout if you need any help on this.

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Mark, Mike,

Thank you for your replies. The main challenge here will be the paucity of information on these units. I know of one book published on the Cape Town units but very little else.

Sometimes the QSA roll provide a bit of information.

I can search the UK papers of the time but I can't see them being very interested in covering the TGs or DMTs.

I'll progress the listing of the men in the units and see what supplementary information can be found.

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Re: Town Guards and DMTs - compiling unit information 8 years 6 months ago #2343

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Hello David,

Is this book that you mention entitled "The Town Guards of Cape Town" or the likes?

I have this small almost pocket size booklet which is very informative and was purchased at the Castle in Cape Town.I think if you do not have a copy it would be a great help to you.

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Re: Town Guards and DMTs - compiling unit information 8 years 6 months ago #2346

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Adrian,

Yes, that's the one. Pocket sized described it perfectly.

I am not aware of many other sources of information do you. I tried a search of UK 19th Century newspapers yesterday but these, perhaps predictably, generated next to nothing.

I recall that the South African edition of Creswicke contains named pictures of a few town guards but I only have the UK edition. Can anyone send me jpgs from the SA edition?

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