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Date: April 18th 1902

April 18, 1902
In camp near Klerksdorp
Dear Eve,

I was so pleased to receive your letter after coming in off 3 weeks trek last Wed. night, also one from Mother & 2 from Jim to all of us.

I wrote Mother from Drieknel Camp, after the fight at Boschbult, so I guess you have heard all about it by this time, as I told her to send the letter on to you.

We have been on the steady go ever since we left Klerksdorp on the 24 March and had to come in at last as half our horses are played; we had to shoot about 50 on the march. It will likely take a few days to fit us up with remounts, so we will have a bit of rest. Some of the Boer leaders are up at Pretoria on the peace conference, but very few of the officers in our Brigade believe it will come to anything.

The worst time we have had yet was last Wed. Our provisions ran out, & we started for here at 8 am Tues. night & got here at 6 Wed. night covering 70 miles in 22 hours, having only one biscuit per man to eat the whole time. It was worse than half a dozen fights. But I tell you, Eve, we have more than made up for it since we struck the railway. We caught a lot of Boers coming in, & 3 who were wearing our uniforms have been sentenced to be shot in the morning. The Boers never keep any British prisoners now. As soon as they catch them, they strip them & let them go. I must stop now, Eve, as this is all the paper I have & can't get any more just now. Remember me to everyone & with love to all, I remain,

Your affec. bro.

Geo. C. Rooke
Reg# 554, c3