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Mr. Wilkinson’s account of the Boer War ends with the words . . . on September 19 Lord Roberts telegraphed: “There is nothing now left of the Boer army but a few marauding bands”. By November Lord Roberts thought the war was finished and he returned home to a victor’s welcome, leaving Kitchener in command. The ILN also welcomed home Lord Roberts in the weekly issue of Jan. 5 1901 (No. 3220 Vol. 118) which contained a 20 page supplement in a special ornamental cover entitled ‘Lord Roberts of Kandahar’. (Appendix List no. 37) "Bobs", as he was known to the British army, won the V.C. during the Indian Mutiny in 1858; crushed the Afghans in the Afghan war 1878-1880 as Major-General; made his fame in 1880 by marching over 300 miles from Kabul to Kandahar to relieve a beleagued British force there; became Commander in Chief of the British army in India; was appointed Field-Marshal in 1895 and commanded the British and colonial forces in India (and later was to become Commander in Chief of the whole British army, the highest post in the service). The ILN issue graphically covers all these highlights of his military career. The cover, in red white and blue, shows Lord Roberts in full military uniform on his white horse. This illustration is surrounded by the victor’s laurel wreath in red with scrolls with the names of the scenes of his victories beneath and bunches of native weapons on the upper right and left hand sides of the wreath. To coincide with Lord Roberts’s return an ‘edition de luxe’ of the Record Number of the Transvaal. War

was published in mid January 1901. It was printed on specially made paper and contains portraits of the principal artists, and also a portrait of Mr. Spencer Wilkinson.

There are signatures of the three most important artists who took part in the illustration of the book, Mr. Samuel Begg, Mr. Caton-Woodville and Mr. Melton Prior.

To enhance the bibliographic interest of the publication, the issue was strictly limited and every copy was numbered and signed by the Editor, Mr. Bruce Ingram. The price of this superb volume, bound in half morocco and decorated with a design specially prepared by Mr. Caton-Woodville, was priced at one guinea. As a footnote to this section, it will be remembered that the Boers were far from beaten. Hit and run guerrilla operations by the Boers were countered by Kitchener ‘s scorched earth policy and incarcerating prisoners in concentration camps.

It was only in May 1902 that the Afrikaner commanders finally accepted defeat. next page >>

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