Deakin's Jam and Marmalade for the Troops fighting the Boer War

The Wigan Observer published the following letters received by William Deakin from troops fighting the Boer War:

Gladstone Kopje, Christians, 6th October 1900:

I dare to say it is no use telling you anything about the war, because it is all over. Only a few bands of men under De Wet and Botha, who are fighting a hopeless fight; and I am expecting to be home before Christmas, but if I am not I will send you word where to send the Christmas pudding so, I have not much to say this time, except that we have just had a consignment of Deakin's jam sent out to us, and we were very glad of it to [sic], because the jam we had been getting from Canada had been condemned by the doctor, and we had to eat dry bread for a month. I dare say that you will think I am making a lot of fuss over jam, but it is the only luxury Tommy Atkins is allowed. If you happen to know Mr. Deakin just show him this letter, and tell him that the fig and lemon is the best jam I have tasted since I left the old country, and that is saying a great deal, because I have tasted some dozens of different brands of jams.

I am yours truly,

F. Burchall, Private 3700, E Company, 6th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers Field Force


29th August 1900:

Dear Sir,

We, the undersigned, men of the 1st Coldstream Guards, Protectorate Regiment, No. 6 Company, have much pleasure in testifying to the exceptional purity and abilities of your Apricot Jams. During the campaign, while living upon short rations, we have used large quantities of it for mixing with our mealies which we got served out with; and also used it for our hard biscuits which we all enjoyed and thought it a splendid luxury I can assure you, and thus been enabled to keep up our condition and strength much to the discomfort and surprise of the Boers around here. Now, unfortunately like all other good things, the supply has come to an end, not, however, before the price reached 4s. per tin, Trusting this will carry safely through the enemy's lines, and convey to you our heartfelt appreciation of your invaluable manufacture, we are, dear sir, the Sons of Old England. This in short from a Lancashire Lad from Ashton-in-Makerfield.

Private Fred Moser, No. 2045, No. 6 Company, 1st Coldstream Guards, 1st Division, South African Field Force.