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    One of the last successful night raids was undertaken by elements of 5 columns, commanded by Col Rochfort, Royal Horse Artillery. By this stage of the war it had been learned that preparations for a raid should start well after dusk to prevent Boer scouts from observing and reporting on it.


    Rochfort then started at 6:30 pm on 15 April, rode some 44 miles mostly through bush country and entered Schweizer-Reneke (one of De la Rey’s chief bases in the Western Transvaal) before daybreak on 16 April 1902.


    The surprise was complete: according to the PoW Register 61 burghers, including a brother of De la Rey, were captured (not 57 as mentioned in official accounts).
    “A History of the British Cavalry, 1816 to 1919” Vol IV, by the Marquess of Anglesey.

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