Embarcation of Troops
From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Embarcation of Troops is an article published in The Times on 3 march 1900.
Embarcation of Troops
The Peninsular and Oriental Company's steamer Oriental, Government freight vessel, arrived at Queenstown yesterday from the Royal Albert Docks, and embarked the 3rd Battalion Royal Scots (Edinburgh Light Infantry Militia), 502 strong, from Belfast, making the total on board 58 officers and 1,049 rank and file. The Oriental left at 4 p.m. The officer commanding during the voyage is Colonel Garstin, late of the Middlesex Regiment. The officers of the Royal Scots who embarked at Queenstown are :—
Lieutenant-Colonel E. J. Grant, Major R. Dundas, Major Lord Henry Scott, Captain Viscount Brackley, Captain and Adjutant G. H. Davidson, Hon. Major Lord Tewkesbury, Quartermaster and Hon. Captain W. F. Horniblow, Captain D. H. Forbes. C. P. B. Wood, Viscount Newport, and T. C. E. Goff, Lieutenants E. L. Strutt, A. M. T. Fletcher, E. F. Penn, A. Douglas-Pennant, and H. F. Collinridge, and Second Lieutenants R. J. Gibson-Craig, Sir S. H. Childs, the Hon. R. Brand, and E. J. F. Johnson.
Dr. Conan Doyle, who embarked in the Oriental at the Royal Albert Docks, as senior civil surgeon of the Langman Field Hospital staff, said, in the course of conversation at Queenstown, that he did not think six months hence would see the war at an end. The Boers had shown splendid fighting qualities, and did not fortify Pretoria for nothing. He thought that the Boers were now concentrating their forces in some centre, and that a great battle was imminent. Speaking as an Irishman, he thought the Royal tribute to the Irish soldiers very much deserved. The conduct of the Irish troops was admirable, and their bravery magnificent. They had proved themselves the finest infantry in the world. He thought that the final settlement would probably mean complete home rule for both Republics under the protection of the British flag. He proposed to write a short history of the war, but did not intend to contribute any correspondence from South Africa to any newspaper.