26 October 1899, Ladysmith Natal, 12.00 noon – General Yule has just brought his column in from Dundee after a gruelling retreat across the Biggarsberg Hills. The Transvaal Boers are closing in on the town and now control the main Dundee to Ladysmith road.
|The British troops are exhausted and demoralised after their march from Dundee but relieved to reach the safety of Ladysmith.|
|General Yule reports to Lt General Smith|
"Sir, I have brought every able-bodied man with me from Dundee."
|"What of Penn Symons what, what?"|
"Sir, he was dreadful wounded at Talana Hill and had to be left behind with our other sick and wounded, I fear he is in Boer hands."
|"Poor show, well can't be helped begad!"|
"No sir, and I fear the enemy are not far behind us."
|Meanwhile on Pepworth Hill just beyond the town the Boers are installing one of their 155mm Long Tom guns.|
"Get that gun carefully sighted, the Brits down there will soon be in for one helluva surprise!"
Ladysmith will be the next battle in my series of re-fights.