An interesting thread.
I seem to remember that the Butler mentioned at the beginning of this thread, from 88th Regt, had deserted his posting in Pietermaritzburg and fled to the Highveld where he with other like minded deserters from the Regt specialised in robbing, as Highwaymen, gold bullion from the Witwatersrand mines. Their modus operandi was spectacular, but to my memory no one was ever injured by them . This gang of desperadoes defied and very smartly evaded all law enforcement attempts , moving later up to Rhodesia when things became too 'hot' in the ZAR, doing the same, then to Australia continuing with their nefarious activities. They specialised in the use of explosives to break their way into vaults etc
As a by-the-by; anyone capturing and returning a soldier to his Regt was awarded a bounty of 2Br pounds.