n starting to research these web-pages, particularly the 'Mafeking Cadets', the author started to compile the 'Mafeking Siege Register', a unique database recording the activities of the besieged, now published as book advertised below. Information came from a whole range of primary resources, diaries, contact with relatives of the besieged and also the run of the Mafeking Mail Siege Slips.
Following the Siege in 1900 the Slips were re-published as a bound edition, using the same paper stocks, by the original printers, Townshend & Son, They are now exceedingly rare and very expensive. The difference in the size and colour of the original papers gives the bound copies a special character, but over the intervening 108 years, the tissue paper issues - no matter how well kept - have browned and gone brittle.
Research for various publications including 'Mafeking's Artillery' and 'The Mafeking Siege Register' meant increased use of Colin's treasured original. It had long been obvious that a 'working copy' would be useful, -a copy in computer 'Word' format, enabling it be 'interrogated' by 'single word search', invaluable. Unfortunately the only way of achieving this aim was to laboriously copy the original word for word into a lap-top, a project which has taken many many years to complete.
A visit to Mafeking provided further motivation, and as the work neared completion, friends and asociates requested that they also like to have a relatively cheap 'working copy', and the idea of this publication was born.
The history of the Siege, is told as it happened, day by day, through the eyes of its editor and his contributors, including Baden-Powell himself, enlivened by original Mafeking photographs and Colin Walker's knowledgeable commentary, This unique work provides a fascinating and endearing insight into the most famous Siege in world history.
Because of its size and its specialist nature it has been decided to publish the work as a limited edition of only thirty books. Each copy will by numbered and signed by the editor/author. The work will only be available through Colin Walker and absolutely no other source.
The book is professionally printed but is only available from the author at £35.00 plus £5.00 pp. You puchase via cheque if you live within the UK or have accesss to cheques printed with a UK address. The PayPal button is also available but set to UK postal rates only. If you wish to pay via PayPal but live outside the UK please contact on Colin his email address on this link- Write to Colin.