New material on the Anglo-Boer War continues to emerge. This work, until now an unknown document, is a fine example, more so because of the observation of an intelligent observer. Young Robert Poole, who set off from Aldershot in England in October 1899, kept a diary in which he recorded his observations for the first year of the war. His account of the war makes this work so more authentic than memoirs written years after the events, when recollections and memories are faded.
David Hilton-Barber edited by William Yeowart
David Hilton-Barber, fourth-generation South African of 1820 Settler stock, was born in Grahamstown and holds a BA Honours degree from Rhodes. He trained as a journalist, following in the footsteps of his maternal great-grandfather Frederick York St Leger, founder and first editor of the Cape Times. In his later career as a public relations consultant, he was involved in a wide range of public-relations programmes for the public and private sector, included lecturing and contributing to the compilation of the communications course at the University of South Africa.
He served as president of the PR Institute of SA and council member for South Africa on the International Public Relations Association. He is author of Footprints: On the Trail of those who Shaped the History of Tzaneen, Footprints: Of Those Who Made History in Haenertsburg, The Baronet and the Savage King: the Intriguing Story of the Tati Concessions, Hobson’s Choice: Len Hobson; The Story of a Remarkable Man and Kalahari Dreaming: The Romance of the Desert.