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.