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Lot 1319 in the Bellmans August auction has been attracting both national and international press interest. Described by Bellmans specialists David Dawson and Denise Kelly as “a fascinating & important record of the First Battalion Rifle Brigade in South Africa”, the lot includes approximately one hundred and fifty images which provide a comprehensive and emotionally charged insight into the lives of servicemen during the Boer War. The images feature soldiers prior to embarkation; in action at Colenso, Spion Kop and the Battle of St. Pieters; advancing on Ladysmith; with Boer prisoners; in a hospital ship interior and a group photo of De Wet with Generals Hamilton & Olivier prior to the peace negotiations of 1902.
After competitive interest on the phone, online and in the room, the lot was sold on 3rd August for £1,400, against an initial estimate of £400-600.
The link below is for an existing press article on this extraordinary lot.