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Category: Smith’s work in Africa, including the Second Anglo-Boer War

These papers cover the time Smith spent in South Africa, as part of the Army Veterinary Department serving in the Second Anglo-Boer War from 1899-1902.There are letters written from Smith to his wife, which cover his arrival in South Africa and his movements around the various fields of battle until June 1900, when Smith started an official war diary and was stationed at Pretoria and then Kroonstad, managing Field Veterinary Hospitals. The papers record a great deal of detail about Smith’s day to day experiences. The letters provide more information about the battles, conditions, scenery, and humorous anecdotes, whereas the diary records Smith’s professional activities and responsibilities and reports on facts and figures of the hospitals.

1 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith, 4 Dec 1899

This letter has several sections redacted in black ink, which are assumed to be on personal subjects and not related to Smith’s work in South Africa. In this letter, Smith writes on the following subjects: a sudden change in destination of the ship to Durban; impending battle at Ladysmith;…

2 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith, 18 Dec 1899

This letter has several sections redacted in black ink, which are assumed to be on personal subjects and not related to Smith’s work in South Africa. In this letter, Smith gives an account of the Battle of Colenso, which took place on 16th December 1899…

3 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith, 24 Dec 1899

This letter has several sections redacted in black ink, which are assumed to be on personal subjects and not related to Smith’s work in South Africa. In this letter, Smith gives an account of his experience of events leading up the Battle of Colenso,…

4 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith, 30 Dec 1899

This letter has several sections redacted in black ink, which are assumed to be on personal subjects and not related to Smith’s work in South Africa. In this letter, Smith writes on the following subjects: the Boer forces fortifying themselves;…

5 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith, 7-9 Jan 1900

This letter has several sections redacted in black ink, which are assumed to be on personal subjects and not related to Smith’s work in South Africa. In this letter, Smith writes on the following subjects: Smith expecting to move camp soon; hearing gunfire at Ladysmith;…

6 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith, 10 Jan 1900

This letter has several sections redacted in black ink, which are assumed to be on personal subjects and not related to Smith’s work in South Africa. In this letter, Smith writes on the following subjects: leaving Cheveley Camp, with transport of 13th Hussars and around 25000 men;…

7 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith, 19 Jan 1900

This letter has several sections redacted in black ink, which are assumed to be on personal subjects and not related to Smith’s work in South Africa. In this letter, Smith writes on the following subjects: marching at night from camp at Spearman Hill; advancing on the enemy…

8 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith, 22 Jan 1900

Only one torn half page of this letter remains, and Smith writes that they have been in battle for three days and that he is only able to say briefly that he is fit and well.This letter was written when Smith had already begun his previous letter…

9 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith, 24 Jan 1900

This letter has several sections redacted in black ink, which are assumed to be on personal subjects and not related to Smith’s work in South Africa. In this letter, Smith writes on the following subjects: 24 Jan – Smith hearing that the night raid by the British was successful,..

10 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith, 10 Feb 1900

This letter has several sections redacted in black ink, which are assumed to be on personal subjects and not related to Smith’s work in South Africa. In this letter, Smith writes on the following subjects: 10 Feb – plans to attack the Boer forces on early morning 5 February;…