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Wood's Request for Struben
I heareby certify that Mr. Frederick Struben
was present with the Flying Column under my command from
March to July 1879 as owner of a large number of wagons
forming part of the Transport Train. Although not enrolled
in any corps he yet rendered signal services as a Volunteer
in the campaign in undertaking such duties as the charge
of forming a defensible laager with wagons and assisting
in the formation of intrenchments and defences, which his
long experience of the country and its languages and its
natives enabled him to do with singular skill.
Mr. Struben was present with the column during the
battles of Kambula & Ulundi. At the former he voluntarily
offered himself & his employes to take their places with
the other defenders of the Laager and did actually do so
and assisted throughout the battle to its close. At Ulundi
Mr. Struben again offered himself for the defence of the
Wagon Laager, as he was not allowed to accompany the
square that actually fought the battle.
Mr. Stuben performed these services over and above any
work as owner of wagons that could be expected of him
and did so freely and without asking for any remuneration [sic]
or special privileges. The spirit & courage & desire to
help on the campaign that he showed was of the greatest
assistance and helped to inspire and keep up a similar
spirit throughout the Transport Train.
As I consider that Mr. Strubens services were equal to
those of very many of the numbers of the Colonial Corps
who will become entitled to the South African Medal
& clasp for 1879, I would strongly recommend that
he have the Medal bestowed upon him and I enclose
the form filled in for approval.
Although Mr. Struben was not actually enrolled and
in receipt of pay as a conductor, yet he performed all
the duties of me and I constantly appealed to him
for advise and assistance.
(Sd) Evelyn Wood Brig. General
lately Com’dg Flying Column
A Maude. Capt.
Act’g. Bat Major
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Reply to Wood's Request for Struben
31st August 1881.
The case of Mr. F. Struben appears
however to be that of a civilian, who
was not officially appointed to the
Commissariat and Transport Department
and who did not receive Government
Pay, under these circumstances, the
Secretary of State for War has ruled
that the decision already conveyed to
you in letter form this Department
68/South Africa/215 dated 7th March last
must be adhered to.
I have ?
(Sd) RB. Hawley
Sir E. Wood K.C.B. V.C.
Please note & pass to A.C.G. Hughes for
Communication to Mr. Struben. To be returned please.
By order (Sd.) A.H. Wavell
Assist. Adjt. General
Noted, and a copy sent to
A.C.G. Hughes C.M.G. for the information
of Mr. Struben.
(Sd) H.J. Brownrigg
Distr. Com. General
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