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From: "Keith Meintjes" <>
Date: Sun, 08 Feb 2009 14:17:04 -0500

Thanks to all who have contributed KEKEWICH / KEKEWICK information, both on
and off the list. I will add the information in my WATNEY data base.

There are two entries in Dictionary of South African Biography II, p. 359-61 .
Here are the genealogy details from each.

George KEKEWICH, * Islington, London, England 1778, + England 21.12.1862. The
fifth son of William Kekewich, of Northbrook, Exeter, and his wife, Susanna
Johnstone. Graduated from Cambridge. He emigrated to the Cape in 1808 and in
1828 became a judge of the Supreme Court. His second marriage was to
Catharina de Waal at the Cape in 1812. A son, Thomas Robert, was sent to
school in Kent, England, and died there at age 13 on 10.11.1828. He retired
on 12.10.1843 and returned to England, where he lived until his death.

Robert George KEKEWICH, * Bramford Speke, Exeter, England 17.7.1854, + Exeter,
England 5.11.1914. Second son of Trehawke Kekewich and his wife, Charlotte
Peard, and nephew of the judge, Sir Arthur Kekewich. British officer and
defender of Kimberley. Educated at Marlborough College, he went to South
Africa in 1898 as lieutenat-colonel and commander of the 1st battalion of the
Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He never married, and his death was by

Best wishes,


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Received: Sun, 08 Feb 2009 01:12:26 PM EST
From: "David and Mary Bossenger" <>
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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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