I was researching my grandfather and his brother who were 16th Lancers in the Boer War.
I got access to the Times archive and found a letter from my greatuncle forwarded to the Time by great grandfather.
It related to greatuncle and 'another man' who were the only survivors of an attack by Boers. The other man was uninjured.
I followed up by searching for their Captain and Tafelkop on Google and got an account of the ambush from Conan Doyles book on the Boer War. No names but two survivors.
I don't know how I made the link but I found stuff in the London Gazette on my great uncle's actions being brought to the attention of the commanding officer Lord Haig. There was also mention of the Victoria Cross and I was able to put two and two together to establish that Alfred Ind was that 'other man'.
I know practically nothing more about them - sorry.
I am on pm_wsdc at hotmail dot com and can send you a copy of the letter to the Times but it does not mention Alfred Ernest by name - Conan Doyle only mentions the Captain and his name has a typo.
Great uncle Arthur Brenchley Maddocks - his father William George Maddocks.
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