Overview

siege of Kimberley


Related Overviews

Boer wars

battle of Magersfontein

Cecil Rhodes (1853—1902) imperialist, colonial politician, and mining entrepreneur

Sir John French (1852—1925) army officer

 

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • British History

GO

Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

Episode during the second Boer War (1899–1902). Kimberley was a diamond town of 50,000 inhabitants. From November 1899 it was defended by about 1,000 troops under Colonel R. G. Kekewitch with 3,800 irregulars, and besieged in haphazard fashion by about 7,500 Boers. The relief of Kimberley was finally accomplished in spectacular fashion by the cavalry division under Major‐General John French on 15 February 1900.

Subjects: British History.


Reference entries

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.