Book, A Souvenir of the First New Zealand Contingent for South Africa 1899-1901
Inglis, Alice St Clair
Arthur Cleave & Co., Ltd
On the inside page, in pencil: Arthur J Withers - No 72 1 NZMR, From Alice St Clair-Inglis 1912.
The first page describes the first skirmish out of Naauwport where the New South Wales contingent and Dragoons occupied Arundel. The first casualty of New Zealand was on December 18 at Arundel. Trooper Bradford was wounded, taken prisoner and later died on the 28 December.
The rest of the book consists of poems, a piece on Lieutenant General J D P French, biographies of various officers and troopers eg: Trooper A J Withers, born in Wellington, 1878 - No 1 company, sailed in the Waiwera to the Boer War. He was the grandson of the late Major Withers, formerly in command as the District Adjutant, Napier. Trooper Withers distinguished himself by the capture of three Boers and a commanding officer who was a favourite of Kruger. Kruger had given the commander a handsome rifle. The captured rifle was then presented to the Trooper Withers by General Ridley, Staff Officer.
The rest of the book consists of photographs of the No 1 and No 2 companies' officers and troopers, concluding with a photograph of Trooper C Enderby's grave.