This token of goodwill is well known from the First World War, but it was also a feature of the South African War.
The Suffolks' first battle was to assault Red Hill near Colesburg in January 1900 with heavy losses.
The White Lion was still an important Carriers' House in 1900, despite the decline of the Wagonners and Carters over the past 50 years since railways.
Its yard in Brentgovel Street still saw up to 16 wagons pull in from the villages on market day mornings.
Meanwhile on 23rd March, the 2nd Volunteer Company left Bury for Capetown, where they arrived on April 14th. By September 1900 it was clear that the Receiver who was managing the Eastern Counties Navigation and Transport Company Limited, had decided to throw in the towel.
He had been unable to raise more capital, and began to sell off the assets.
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Not surprisingly, it was also used by carriers coming to and from the market.
Things had not being going well in South Africa since Mafeking had been under siege since 13th October 1899, the day after the independent Boer Republic declared war.
In 1900 some 10 carrier's wagons used it as the base to and from the villages on market days.
The Castle was an inn next to Moyse's Hall, with a sizeable yard in Brentgovel Street.
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