THE BOER WAR. WEST AUSTRALIAN CASUAL- TIES. LIEUT. A. A. FORREST AND FIVE OTHERS KILLED. AN OFFICER AND NINE MEN WOUNDED. The sad intelligence of a serious loss which has attended the Fifth and Sixth West Australian Contingents in South Africa reached the city yesterday morn- ing, when His Excellency the Governor's Deputy received the following cable gram from South Africa : "CASUALTIES - FIFTH W.A. MOUNTED INFANTRY. May 15. KILLED. Lieut. Forrest. Sergeant Edwards. WOUNDED. Dangerously : Corporal Ballinger. Severely: Privates Hancock. F. St. J. Kennedy, C. Bissett, and W. J. Stevens. MISSING. Corporal Furlong. CASUALTIES - SIXTH W.A. MOUNTED INFANTRY. KILLED. Private B. Fisher. Private F. Page. Private F. T. Adams. Private J. Semple. WOUNDED. Severely: Lieut. Stanley S: Reid (in the abdomen). Dangerously: Private Blanck (in the head). Severely:. Privates Nicholas and J. T. Facey. Slightly: Private H. Rule." Up to the time of our going to press, no further particulars had been received. There are no details as to where and how the casualties occurred. In view of this fact, the Governor's Deputy yesterday telegraphed to Capetown for further par- ticulars. General regret has been ex- pressed throughout the State at the loss which has overtaken the forces which left for the front only a month or two ago, and the deepest sympathy is felt for the relatives of those who have given their lives in fighting for the Empire. The flags in the city were flown at half-mast during the day. The Acting-Comman dant (Major Campbell) at once notified the relatives of those killed or wounded. To Mr. Alex. Forrest, C.M.G., M.L.A., the most heartfelt and sincere condolences have been extended. His son, Lieut. A. A. Forrest, was a young man of con- siderable promise, beloved by all with whom he came in contact. He was a na- tive of this city, and was only 20 years of age. Up till the end of last year he was a student at'the Perth High School, where, both in studies, and athletics, he took a front rank. For some time he served with the No. 1 Battery of Field Artillery under Major Hobbs. During his volunteering term and while in camp at Karrakatta with the Fifth Contingent he displayed more than ordinary apti- tude for his work. Despite his youth, he was a great favourite with all ranks, and his death will be keenly felt by many apart from his relatives. During yester day Mr. Forrest was in receipt of many telegrams of sympathy and at the ter- mination of the morning call at the Stock Exchange a resolution to the effect that a letter of condolence be forwarded to the bereaved parent and sister was carried. Last night the Perth City Council unani- mously decided to send a letter of con- dolence to Mr. A. Forrest. No. 1 Field Battery at its usual parade last night was dismissed as soon as the roll was called. Sergeant Frederick Francis Ed- mondes was attached to No. 1 Division of B Company. He had seen service, as a private with the First Contingent. He had no relatives in this State. He was a native of England, where he had been connected with a volunteer regiment. Corporal William Frederick Bollinger enlisted with the Fifth Contingent at Boulder, where he followed the occupa- tion of a commercial traveller. He is 30 years of age, and had had several months service with the Boulder Rifle Corps be- fore proceeding to South Africa. Private Robert James Hancock is a native of New South Wales and 28 years
where he followed the occupation of a labourer. Private Finton St. John Kennedy, who is 30 years of age, was born in Victoria. He enrolled in Perth, where he was em- ployed as a clerk. He is a brother of the well-known Perth footballer, who recent ly lefl the city to take charge of the tele- graph office at Broome. Private Charles Bissett is an English- man, and 27 years of age. He enrolled at Geraldton, having been prospecting on the Murchison goldfields prior to becom- ing a soldier. He was for two years in the Westminster Mounted Infantry. Private Walter J. Stevens is 26 years of age. He was a miner and station hand prior to joining the contingent. Corporal Richard Joseph Furlong, who is reported as missing, is a native of Victoria, being 27 years of age. He was a member of the Western Australian po- lice force, and was stationed at Northam, before joining the contingent. He was for, three years in the Permanent Artil- lery in Victoria. Private Benjamin Fisher, one of the killed, joined the Sixth Contingent in Perth. He was a native of New South Wales, and was 23 years of age. He fol- lowed the occupation of a labourer. Private Frank Page was a native of South Australia, and 21 years of age. He joined the contingent at Karrakatta, coming from Fremantle, where he was employed as a blacksmith's striker. He was for nine months a member of the Frenmantle Infantry. Private Francis Thomas Adams was born in London, and was 30 years of age. He enrolled at Collie, where he was en- gaged in coal mining. Private John Semple was also enrolled at Collie, where he was engaged in coal mining. He was a native of New Zea- land, and was 21 years of age. Lieutenant Stanley Reid had seen ser- vice as a non-commissioned officer with the Second Contingent. After returning to Western Australia with that force he was offered a commission with the Sixth Contingent, which he accepted, his brother going with the force as medical officer. Lieutenant Reid was for some time the minister of the Presbyterian Church at Boulder. He was regarded as a fine soldier, and one who had a more than ordinary moral influence over his comrades in the field. Private Arthur Blanck was born in South Australia, and is 21 years of age. He was for two years a member of the No. 1. Battery of Field Artillery, and fol- lowed the occupation of a carpenter. Private Hedley Rule was born in New
Zealand. He is 23 years of age, and en- listed at Coolgardie, where he was en- gaged as an assayer. Private Sydney Nicholas enlisted at Collic. He was born in England 27 years ago, and served for 17 months with the Gloucester Rifle Volunteers. Private Joseph Henry Facey is a native of Victoria, and is 20 years of age. He enrolled at Bridgetown, where he fol- lowed the occupation of a labourer. The casualty list shows a total of one officer and five men killed and one officer and nine men wounded, with one man missing. This increases the total of killed in connection with our contin- gents from 14 to 20. THE MIDLAND RIFLES. BOERS ROUTED AT ZWAZERS SHOEK. London, May 19. The MidlandRifles have engaged and routed a strong force of the enemy at Zwazersshoek, killing ten of their num- ber. Of the British force, six were wounded. SUCCESSFUL SKIRMISHES NEAR STORMBERG. London,. May 19. Colonel Gorringe has had a series of successful skirmishes to the eastward of Stormberg. COMMANDANT DE WET TREK- KING. ONLY FORTY FOLLOWERS. London, May 19. Commandant De Wet, when last seen, was trekking south, after passing Bos- hof, and had only forty followers with him. AUSTRALIANS AS CAVALRY MEN. TRIBUTE FROM LORD TULLIBAR- DINE. London, May 19. Referring to the colonial troops in South Africa and their capabilities as cavalry, the Marquis of Tullibardine, who is now at Middleburg, in a letter to the Caledonian Society of London, writes as follows:- "The Australians are the best set of cavalrymen I have seen out here yet." SEVERE FIGHTING. BOER ATTACK REPULSED. BOERS RE-OCCUPY ERMELO. London, May 20. A Boer force, with a twelve-pounder Creuzot gun, two pom-poms and a Maxim, have thrice attacked Colonel Bullock's column, betweep Ermelo and Amersfoort, in the south-east of the Transvaal, near the Swaziland border. They made desperate efforts to capture the British artillery, but failed in their object. General Louis Botha, the Boer Com mandant-General, has evacuated Ermelo, and has retreated on Carolina, further norths on the railway line between Stan ,derton and Koomati Poort.. Colonel Bullock has retreated to Stan derton, further south. He succeeded in removing all his prisoners, including Commandant Swars. He also took with him 150 Ermelo refugee families and 2,000 cattle and horses. / The Boers re-occupied Ermelo as soon as Colonel Bullock's column/had aban doned the town. Last week Colonel Elliot sent a large number of refunees and 40,000 horses and cattle' from Ermelo to Standerton. CONVALESCENT AUSTRALIANS. London, May 20. Captain F. Spencer, of the "Imperial Bushmen: Surgeons Crowther and Mal tie, of the Tasmanians: and Lieutenant C. Hvde, 'of the Queenslanders, are con valescent, and have resumed duty. A COMMANDO CHASED. LARGE CAPTURE OF LIVE STOCK. London, May 20. Commandant Liebenberg's commando has been chased from Hartbeestfontein, and has trekked north. Colonel Rawlinson, after an engage ment between Brakspruit and Gesdorp, has captured 20 prisoners, 25 waggons laden with sunnlies, 18,000 sheep, and many oxen and horses. BRITISH AT CAROLINA. - BOTHA'S FABLES. THE COMET A SIGN OF PEACE. London, May 20. General King occupied Carolina on the 17th inst. General Botha, on the ap proach of the British, ordered the Boers to retire and go into hiding until the British had passed. To encourage the burghers. he has declared that the Brit ish are at war with Russia. He has also stated that the plague is destroving
their soldiers in South Africa, and that those who have so far escaped it are starting homewards. He admits that at one time he thought of making peace, but he now professes to be slad that he re jected Lord Kitcnener's terms. He de clares that the appearance in the skies of a white comet is a sign from heaven of an early peace, with the independence of the Republics secured. SCHWANEPOEL'S DEATH. SUCCESSOR ELECTED. London, May 19. Commandant Schwanepoel, whose death in action was recently announced. was killed by a rifle kullet which pierced his forehead. His commando has elected a successor. INVALIDED AUSTRALIANS. London, May 20. The following Australians have been in valided from South Africa to England, and are now on the voyage home : South Australian Bushmen: Captain Collins, Lieutenant Ives, Surgeon-Lieu tenant Douglas. Second Australian Bushmen: Chaplain Auld. First Aus tralian Regiment: Lieutenant H. Chris tie. Victorian Bushmen: Lieutenant Sherlock. COIMFORTS FOR THE TROOPS. CONTRIBUTION FROM THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF YORK. Melbourne, May 19. In acknowledging a contribution from the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and members of their suite to the Lord Kitch ener fund for clothing and comforts for the army in South Africa during the win ter. the Commander-in-Chief in South Africa has sent the following telegram: "The army is most grateful for the collec tion. We follow your Royal Highnesses progress with the greatest interest, and our best wishes attend you. Australians here are doing splendid work."