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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.

11 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith, 23 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: account of the South Africa landscape seen during journey by rail; ostrich farms;…

12 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith,18 Mar 1900

This letter has several sections redacted in black ink, and pages cut away, 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:…

13 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith, 10 May 1900

This is only one page of a letter, of which the rest has been lost. It 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: receiving letters from Mary Ann;…

14 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith, 1 Jun 1900

This letter has several sections redacted in black ink, and pages cut away, 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: battle at Elandsfontein;…

15 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith, 5 Jun 1900

This letter has several sections redacted in black ink, and pages removed or cut away, 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: arriving in Pretoria after a day of fighting; Smith receiving another medal;…

16 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith, 15 Jun 1900

This letter has several sections redacted in black ink, and pages removed or cut away, which are assumed to be on personal subjects and not related to Smith’s work in South Africa. The three separate folios have been pasted together by the corner. In this letter, Smith writes on the following subjects: [James] Grierson commandeering all horses for military use;…

17 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith, 15 Jul 1900

This is only one page of a letter, of which the rest has been lost. It has 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: stories of life in Pretoria before British forces arrived,…

18 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith, Aug 1900

This is only one page of a letter, the rest of which has been lost. In this letter, Smith writes on the following subjects: news of men who have gone home to Britain, including Winston Churchill; complaints in the newspapers about healthy young men…

Frederick Smith’s Official War Diary Book A – 11 Jul to 22 Sep 1900

Diary entries include: This volume of the diary commences on the 11 Jun 1900, when Smith is stationed at Pretoria. It is addressed to an unnamed Colonel. It begins by relating past events including Smith’s arrival at Pretoria from Bloemfontein on the 17 May and meeting Colonel Grierson, Chief of Staff. From the 11 Jun, it is assumed the diary is written day by day. There is a gap in the diary from the 5 to 25 July, and from the 26 July it seems that Smith is based at Kroonstad…

19 – Letter to Mary Ann Smith from Frederick Smith, Sep 1900

This is only one page of a letter, of which the rest has been lost. It has 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’s disputes with…