Action at Buffalo River



A dramatic reconstruction of the attempted rescue of Lieutenant Jenkins by Sgt-Farrier Hunt on 21st August 1900. 'A' Squadron under Major Williams and 'C' Squadron under Major Smithson (later CO of the 13th) were engaged against the Boers near Wool's Drift. A dismounted troop of 'A' squadron was covering the retirement of 'C' Squadron and was ordered to mount. Lt. Jenkins's horse was shot as it was being led to him by Private Herbert. Jenkins refused Herbert's offer of his own horse and proceeded on foot holding the stirrup of Sergeant- Farrier Hunt. As he ran alongside Hunt's horse he fell and injured his hip. He ordered Hunt to report to Major Williams, but Williams sent him back to rescue Lt. Jenkins 'if he liked to chance it'. Jenkins refused to get up behind Hunt and in the end Hunt reluctantly fled back to his troop under a hail of fire. Jenkins was captured but released on October 9th. Both Private Herbert and Sgt.-Farrier Hunt were mentioned in despatches, but only Herbert received a medal.


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by Stephen Luscombe