Capture of De Wet.
Up at 8:30 am to town at 10:10 am.
Visited the Picton Reading Room at 11 am & stayed till 4:30 pm. Then on to Gray’s & Hollinghurst’s at Tuebrook.
Had tea with Polly & Maggie (Mrs Campbell till 8 pm then on to S.S. Upton’s & said more good bye’s. Left at 9:30 pm
Very windy weather & cold.
Arrived Leicester 2 pm. Raining hard. Took 2:10 pm train to Sileby & visited the girls Maud & May. Great welcome. Arrive Seagrave 4:50 pm & had tea. To bed at 12:30 pm
* Christiaan de Wet and the Maritz Rebellion – De Wet was a Boer leader during the Boer Wars and a political leader after they ended. In 1914 he became a leader in the Maritz Rebellion, as pro-Boer rebels rose up against the Union of South Africa. The rebellion was quickly crushed by government forces and De Wet was taken prisoner on December 1st 1914. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison but only served one after making a written promise to take no further part in politics. As a Boer War veteran, Draycott continued to take an interest in events in South Africa.