A draft of the Cheshire Regiment, set to depart Chester for the front on Thursday, has been completed and is currently engaged in skirmishing and other drills on the Roodee. The contingent consists of 68 reserves from the 3rd (Militia) Battalion, 12 men from the details of the 2nd Battalion left in Limerick, and 20 reservists from the regiment. Under a recent retesting, 31 reserve men were deemed fit for active service. Although all of them were eager to join the front lines and volunteered to do so, only 20 could be accepted at this time.
Lieutenants R.W. Rawlins and J.I. Wood-Martin of the Northampton Regiment are due to arrive at Chester Castle today to take charge of the draft before it departs for South Africa. The preparation and training of these troops underscore the efforts to ensure soldiers are ready for the challenges they will face in service.
As the Cheshire Regiment mobilizes its forces for deployment, it also highlights the ongoing need for skilled personnel in active conflict zones. These men, significantly prepared and determined to serve, will join their comrades on the front lines, facing the harsh realities of war while contributing to their regiment’s cause.
Manchester Courier – Wednesday 07 March 1900