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|A Gallant Australian Officer. CAPTAIN W. W. RUSSELL WATSON. (Article), Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 - 1907), Saturday 4 May 1901 page Article||2013-04-09 13:24||A Gallant Australian Officer. -
CAPTAIN* W. W. RUSSELL WATSON.
(See letterpress on thia page.) . - .
<= .the N.S.W. Mounted Infantry, wss wouTided; Cap
tain Watson.saw thc.man fall, rode back to his.as
.sif.tance, and rescued -him under very exciting
. conditions,^ > The Boer, fire was veryrtheavy/but
?:-ï the plucky,, officer* stood .by the wouhdedrsoldier Í
an^l'carriéd *him '.out ot"action, oh hist* (Watson's)
_ ,;horse. j Altogether, \by ybis proved çouragev;and-"
i,ability,: Captain. Watson has madded considerably
* to ithej-reputation earned in" actual .warfare, by
Australian" fighting men. , ?
. The name of Captain W. W.'Russell
.proved their worth as soldiers in South
.Africa. After seeing nearly eighteen
comed by hia fellow-oflicers of the 1st In-
services. At the taking of'Pretoria by
the British? forces, Captain Watson was
selected by<Colonel De Lisle to ride alone
and unarmed 'into the Boer, capital, and
demand'itt?.surrender in the nsme;of Lord
'FobertsV >;He*. performed that onerous
duty 'ss- successfully, as he had executed
other difficult tasks,rand justly earned the
^praise/of .his leader. " . Our .illustration
showsiCaptain Watson holding the his-
toric flag/of truce with which he sou,ght
the Boer leaders «it Pretoria. The Pre-"
« toria incident is well kneiwn to all who
have followed the course bf the war, but
another plucky deed' by the same officer
has seemingly escaped public notice, viz:,
the rescue-of a. wounded 'trooper under,
heavy "flre.-'from. the enemy. It appears
that during1 . a rearguard '? action which
. Lieutenant-Colonel ' . Fonshawe had ait
Dáinsfóntein. Private T. CZ Robertson, of
|A Gallant Australian Officer.
CAPTAIN W. W. RUSSELL WATSON.
(See letterpress on thia page.) .
the N.S.W. Mounted Infantry, was wounded. Cap-
tain Watson saw the man fall, rode back to his as-
sistance, and rescued him under very exciting
conditions. The Boer, fire was very heavy but
the plucky officer stood by the wounded soldier
and carried him out of action, on his (Watson's)
horse. Altogether, by his proved courage and
ability, Captain Watson has added considerably
to the reputation earned in actual warfare, by
Australian fighting men.
The name of Captain W. W. Russell
proved their worth as soldiers in South
Africa. After seeing nearly eighteen
comed by his fellow-officers of the 1st In-
services. At the taking of Pretoria by
the British forces, Captain Watson was
selected by Colonel De Lisle to ride alone
and unarmed into the Boer, capital, and
demand its surrender in the name of Lord
Roberts. He performed that onerous
duty as successfully, as he had executed
other difficult tasks and justly earned the
praise of his leader. Our illustration
shows Captain Watson holding the his-
toric flag of truce with which he sought
the Boer leaders at Pretoria. The Pre-
toria incident is well known to all who
have followed the course of the war, but
another plucky deed by the same officer
has seemingly escaped public notice, viz.,
the rescue of a wounded trooper under,
heavy flre from the enemy. It appears
that during a rearguard action which
Lieutenant-Colonel Fonshawe had at
Dainsfóntein. Private T. C. Robertson, of
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