Editor's note: Tommy Cornstalk appeared in a series of Boer War narratives published in London, to which Winston Churchill also contributed. Like Paterson, Abbott (a corporal in the First Australian Horse) fostered a mythic view of the bush-bred prowess of the Australian soldier - here generically dubbed 'Tommy Cornstalk' after the popular nickname for New South Welshmen. But he was also a sharp if sometimes jingoistic observer of 'the outlandish men of Empire' gathered in South Africa, and wrote sensitively about the 'inexpressible' veldt. Abbott later became a prolific writer of historical fiction with colonial settings.
From Chapter II: The Veldt (14-17) and Chapter XIII: The Army (209-215)