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From: "David and Mary Bossenger" <>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2009 20:09:47 +0200
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Hi All,
Lt Col George KEKEWICH was the besieged commander in Kimberley during the SA
War of 1899-1902.
HE had may run ins with CJ RHODES!
David B

"In Cassells History of the Boer War Chapter XXXV -The Siege of Kimberley -
Two Sorties and a Great Loss tells us about a Colonel Kekewich and his
moment of glory as well as lovely photo of him

WE left Colonel Kekewich and his gallant garrison in a moment of victory,
when they had been teaching the invaders of the Colony a sharp lesson at the
bayonet's point.
Let us now see how they fared while the Empire was bestirring itself for
their relief.
In one respect the colonel of the Loyal North Lancashires had before him a
more difficult task even than the heroes of Ladysmith. For although Sir
George White had against him the larger force of the Boers, led by their
most skilful commandants and furnished with the best of their artillery, yet
he had at his disposal a large British garrison, including some 12,000 of
the finest troops in the Army, not to mention such well-drilled irregulars
as the Imperial Light Horse. Colonel Kekewich, on the other hand, had at his
disposal only 500 regular troops and less than 4,000 irregulars, of whom
more than half - the Town Guard - could not be called upon to do anything
except strictly defensive work. Another 250, the Kimberley Light Horse, was
a body raised in the town after the siege had begun.


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