Willie Cowper in Cape Town, South Africa - 21 May, 1900

from A backward glance on Merseyside, pages 82-83:

[Agnes Cowper's elder brother Willie emigrated to South Africa in 1900. The listening experience is taken from a letter he wrote to his mother about his initial experiences, dated 22 May 1900.  He was engaged by the Cape Town Metropolitan Fire Brigade, which was enlisted with the South African irregular forces during the Boer War.]

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cite as

Agnes Cowper, A backward glance on Merseyside, volume 2nd edition (Birkenhead, 1952), p. 82-83. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1530793908085 accessed: 15 June, 2024

location of experience: Cape Town, South Africa


Willie Cowper
fireman, sailor

Listening to

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'Rule Britannia'
'God Save the Queen'
a thanksgiving service performed by Church Choir

Experience Information

Date/Time 21 May, 1900
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, outdoors, in public


'Mafeking Day' celebrated the lifting of the 217-day siege of the town of Mafeking, during which Robert Baden-Powell was the British commander. British morale was fired by the lifting of the siege on 17 May 1900.

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Thu, 05 Jul 2018 13:31:49 +0100
Approved on Thu, 16 Aug 2018 16:27:05 +0100