The valley of the Komati River was exceedingly difficult country for the British army to operate over.
It follows the south bank of the river and enters the high country at Komati Poort.
The Boers had also a force estimated at 3000 in laager near Komati Poort.
This was made from Belfast, and the force, which consisted of about fourteen hundred men, advanced south to the Komati River.
I remembered a story of an escaped prisoner during the war who had only the Komati River between him and safety.
To prolong it we were shunted on to a siding for eighteen hours either at Komati Poort or the station beyond it.