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1900 - Mafeking siege day 181 (83%). Wepener siege day 3 (18%).  Mafeking heavily bombarded. Reddersburg re-occupied by Chermside.
1902 - Kekewich attacked at Roodewal.
 
In Mafeking:
 
We were awakened this morning by the big gun and had a very heavy day's shelling. I went out for a ride and up to Fort Ayr. They were shelling from every side in all directions and kept it up till nearly noon. Air. Greenfield is at present doing his month's detachment duty at Fort Ayr. It is not an enlivening spot, being built underground, and as you are continually sniped it is impossible to emerge therefrom except at night or by means of a long rear trench leading to the refugees' laager. It is garrisoned by thirty men, a Maxim and a seven-pounder. On the western front the Boers made an attack on two of our outlying posts. They advanced to within four hundred and fifty yards, but after losing some ten or a dozen men they retired. During the day they planted some thirty shells into the women's laager. To all their heavy bombardment we answered not a shot, but in the evening when they were dismantling the big gun the Hotchkiss opened on her with good effect, apparently wounding or killing several of the crowd round her. She immediately opened fire on the town and struck the Dutch Church with great violence. After she had ceased firing the Hotchkiss opened again and failed to get a further reply. Score:—Hotchkiss four, big gun three.
Dr David Biggins

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From the diary of 2nd Lt Charteris, Royl Scots:

About 8 o’clock last night, Boers made an attack coming to within 50 yards of our trenches. They were repulsed chiefly by the CMR. Someone shouted fix bayonets! Shell and rifle fire continuous, heavy. The only food we get is brought to us at night. Lance Corporal Whiteside wounded.
Dr David Biggins

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