Tumut men to the South African War
1 February 1901 Adelong and Tumut Express and Tumbarumba Post
Tumut soldiers are coming to the front. Troopers M. R. Mecham and John Mecham have each received a commission in the outgoing contingent to South Africa, which means something like £100 a year to each.
It will be remembered they were both wounded at the Zand River and were invalided back to their home.
They have quite recovered, and are eager for the front again.
Another brother, Mr. Reginald Mecham, passed easily as a trooper, riding well, and scored 48 out of a possible 50.
Mr. Herbert Mecham is also under trial in Sydney and expects to pass as trooper.
If so, Mr. W. Mecham can boast of four soldier sons, two obtaining commissions in an incredibly short space of time.
Messrs. M. Gibb, J. Fraser, J. Thomas, J. Kebblewhite, J. Walsh, and R. Piper are also volunteers from Tumut.