In the first few months the British suffered many reverses.
Patriotism ran high in these days of Empire, and Queen Victoria sent consignments of chocolate to the troops wishing them a Happy New Year for January 1st, 1900.
Walter Greene had been defeated when he tried to become MP for North West Suffolk in 1891, but this time he was unopposed.
This was fortunate for him, as he was not to prove much of a politician. At Bury the locals were proud to say that the streets and public buildings would soon be lit by electricity as the works, which belonged to the corporation, were completed in 1900.
This token of goodwill is well known from the First World War, but it was also a feature of the South African War.
The Suffolks' first battle was to assault Red Hill near Colesburg in January 1900 with heavy losses.
In 1900 some 10 carrier's wagons used it as the base to and from the villages on market days.