From the Devon Weekly Times
Friday 8 June 1900
From The War Office:
THE BRITISH PRISONERS
"On the completion of
the occupation of Pretoria, one of the first courses taken by Lord
Roberts was to direct General French with his cavalry to proceed to the
relief of the British prisoners, who, as is known, were confined
some distance beyond the limits of the city.
Waterval, to which place the
British prisoners were removed some months ago, is the second station on
the railway line to Pietersburg. It is fifteen miles north of Pretoria.
The prisoners, to the number of about four thousand, were housed here in
sheds, with the exception of the officers who were kept in
Pretoria. It is reported that they have been released, and since
General French was to the north of the town on Monday, it is probably by
him that they have been liberated.
The total number of missing
and prisoners, according to the latest official return, was 4,348
non-commissioned officers and men, and 178 officers, excluding those who
have been recovered or released, but many, we know, are in hospital. One
officer and 66 men have died in captivity, and three officers and 14 men
have been released. Some though, have been taken away by the retreating