November 30, 1895
The third detachment of officers and men of the Ashantee expedition embarked yesterday morning at Liverpool on board the African steamer Loanda, the departure being witness by a large crowd, notwithstanding the wet and foggy weather.
The officers and men to the number of about 100, arrived in two detachments from Aldershot and Plymouth. They consist of men belonging to the Army Service corps, the Engineers, and the Artillery.
The Aldershot portion travelled direct to the riverside station, under Lieutenant Ford; while those from Plymouth, under Captain W. Norwood, travelled by the Midland train to the central station, afterwards marching to the landing stage.
The troops had a large quantity of baggage, ammunition, stores, filtertanks, &c. The embarkation was speedily effected under the superintendence of Captain Elliott, R.N. Admiralty superintendent at Liverpool.
Before going on the tender America, which conveyed them to the Loanda, which was at anchor in the Mersey, the men were served with hot coffee on the landing stage, and shortly after reaching the steamer breakfast was served to them.
As the tender was reaching the stage loud cheers were raised, which the men acknowledged by raising their helmets and wishing the spectators “A Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”
Several of the officers and four men who missed the early train at Plymouth proceeded on board by a later tender. The steamer started about noon, and proceeded slowly down the channel, owing to the fog.
The two Ashantee princes remaining in England wished to sail by the same steamer, but they were informed by wire to London that there was not the slightest accommodation for them on board. The princes, however, went on to Liverpool, where they arrived just after the Loanda’s departure.
(Source: Lloyds Weekly Newspaper: December 1, 1895)