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Title: T. Hay, [Johannesburg?] to B M Smyth, Castledamph.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHay, Thomas/19
SenderHay, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsoldier
Sender Religionunknown
OriginTransvaal, South Africa
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Bella M.
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth
Doc. No.506067
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 30:06:2005.
Word Count424
Transcript[Front of Envelope]
Miss B.M. Smyth
Co Tyrone

[Written above address]
From S.S. T. Hay 2NG B. Troop


[Back of Envelope]

12 JUL. 01. 9 30AM

AU 3

[Letter 1]

[Page 1]
South Africa

My Dear Aunt
just a few lines to you and my
Uncle and Cousins hoping you [sic]
all well and enjoying good health
as I remain in good health up to
the present, Dear Uncle I am just
thinking about this time last
year when I was enjoying myself
among you and all my other
friends I was not thinking about
being out here again I am doing
[sic] bit different business here
than helping to set turnips and
spread manure and stack hay
or out with Tom looking for

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sheep and nothing to fear about.
Dear Aunt I have been transferred
from C. Troop to B Troop but it
is for the best I have another
shilling a day extra as shoeing
smith. Dear Aunt we have
had a few weeks chasing
Boer’s and we had the mishap
to get a few chaps wounded
4 horses killed and six wounded
also one man taken prisoner
but they behaved very
well to him his name is
Hensman you may see his name
in the papers but they took
all his ammunition, bandaleers,
[bandoliers?] rifle killed his
horse and sent him back to
camp also showing him the

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road home also the mishap as
happened to me was I lost my hat
which was not very pleasant riding
about in the sun all day but the
first house I came to I rode up
very cautiously and dismounted
walked in searched the house
for Boer’s and finding none I
stole an old straw hat which
acted for my purpose. Dear Aunt
I hope you have not been ill lately
or ill at present. I have wrote
[sic] home to you and Uncle three
times but I have not heard from
you I am thinking you all must be
very buisy [busy?] over there. Dear
Aunt I am doing very well out here
I have saved close on fifty pounds
since I came here and I intend to
save as

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much as I possibly can during my
three years out here so as I can
come home and try and start some
little business for myself if I am
spared to enjoy coming home again
to Ireland to you.
Dear Aunt I have heard
from home last mail, all are
well in L'pool [Liverpool?]
Hoping these few lines will find
you and Uncle and my Dear Cousins
in the best of health, remember
me to all my friends give them
my best wishes.
I remain your Loving
Nephew T. [Tommy?] Hay to his
Dear Aunt Mary

S.S. T. Hay B. Troop
Headquarters Modderforten
South Africa