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    On 15 May Lord Roberts telegraphed as follows:
    “Two officers and 6 men of Prince Alfred’s Guards were out foraging a few miles from Kroonstad. They had visited a farm flying the white flag, the owner of which surrendered himself, his arms and his ammunition. 

    They then approached another farm from which was also flying the white flag. When within 40 yards of the enclosure they were fired upon by 15 or 16 Boers concealed behind the farm wall. Pte A E Goldsmidt and Pte James Coltherd were killed. Lieut E B Walton received a slight flesh wound in the thigh and Lieut W B Everton, Cpl W B Sagar and Lance-Cpl E George were taken prisoner. 

    The owner of the farm states that the Boers threatened to shoot him when he protested against their making improper use of the white flag.” 
    Stirling (p140/1) refers

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