Botha rifle

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The German Mauser bolt action carbine was made by Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken; it was used by the Boers during the South African War and is inscribed with the owners name CG Botha. Also engraved on the stock of the rifle are the words WYK 1 Bethal. A WYK is equivalent to a Local Government Ward in England. Bethal raised a small detachment of irregular soldiers for the Boer War which was divided into two sections – one from WYK 1 and the other from WYK 2. This weapon would therefore have been used against the 2nd Battalion the Hampshire Regiment who served in South Africa 1900 to 1902 and was captured at some point in the fighting.