Souvenir Saturday: Col Royston Natal Volunteers and Staff, Ladysmith
Col William Royston (centre), C.O. with his Natal Volunteers staff, Ladysmith Siege (Incidentally, an excellent, clear photograph of the uniforms worn. They didn't always appear as pristine as those above.)
Ladysmith during the Siege: Lombards Kop at right, Gun Hill back centre
Pakenham in his history of the Boer War described Ladysmith as 'a hot, dusty, disease ridden little town.' He was right about the dust, everybody complained of it, and diseases such as typhoid became rife as the siege continued.