Talk:Siege of Mafeking

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In The Once and Future King[edit]

In The Once and Future King, by T.H. White, Merlyn is trying to explain the rights and wrongs of war to the young King Arthur and his brother Sir Kay, as King Lot, Queen Morgause and their sons are camped on the northern borders, "I recollect that I was a fervrent pacifist myself once, in the Boer War, when my country was the aggressor, and a young woman blew a squeaker a me on Mafefing Night." (Fontana Paperback edition Fifth printing August 1990, p. 230) It appears to be one of many references to the Baden-Powells. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.71.178.30 (talk) 14:10, 16 August 2005 (UTC)

Why do you keep reverting my edits? My great-grandfather was at the siege and left the family a huge amount of important information when he died from a pulmonary embolism. His diary provides a fascinating insight into the town's condition during the siege, but just because he was not alive in the internet age, you all seem to seek to dismiss his first hand account. If we are to build a definitive story of the Boer War I think his voice should be heard. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 78.149.238.224 (talk) 22:54, 3 December 2012 (UTC)

If your great-grandfather's diary is available for others to read somewhere, then it can be used as a proper source. If it is not, it can not be used as a source. Material in wikipedia has to be sourced. Please read our policies and guidelines on sourcing. --Bduke (Discussion) 23:21, 3 December 2012 (UTC)