I am researching the actions on Railways in the ABW and am looking for information regarding the role played by Privates Macdonald and Chapman (Grenadier Guards) in the capture of Commandant Kritzinger as indicated below.
CAPE COLONY: 16TH DECEMBER 1901
EVENT ON THE RAILWAY LINE NAAUWPOORT TO DE AAR: SECTION HANOVER ROAD TO FRANZ
Crossing of the line from north to south by Commandant Kritinger’s commando and his subsequent capture.
The Official Records of the GUARDS’ BRIGADES in South Africa. London: J.J. Keliher & Co., Limited. 1904. Page 343. Notice sent by the Major-General from Naauwpoort on 24th December 1901:
“The Major-General has much pleasure in publishing the following telegram from the General Commanding-in Chief: -
Belfast, 17th. – Please congratulate Guards’ Blockhouse line at Hanover Road on the efficiency of their work. I am pleased at the way the line is held and results obtained.
The Major-General is specially pleased at the rapidity with which No. 6430 Private A. Macdonald and No. 7687 Private J. Chapman 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards, grasped the situation on the occasion of Kritzinger’s commando crossing the line on the 16th inst.”
Lloyd, F. & Russel, A. First or GRENADIER GUARDS in South Africa 1899-1902.
Uckfield: The Naval and Military Press Ltd. Published 2005.
Refer: Page 69 and maps between pages 66 and 67.
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14 Dec 1901. Kritzinger's force crosses Orange River approx. 105 men + 300 horses
15 Dec 1901. British forces converge on Boer commando
Big "chase" in the area Zeekoeirivier (Seacow River) westwards and later southwards - Kritzinger's commando. Area best described Colesburg to Hanover to Phillipstown to confluence Orange / Zeekoeirivier, back to Colesburg. Boers being driven southwards to the De-Aar to Naauwpoort blockhoused railway line. Aromoured train "Coldstreamer" on patrol on line. Boers chased for 60 miles that day.
Lord Cavendish-Bentinck + 150 10th Hussars from farm Hamelfontein
3rd Battn. Grenadier Guards on blockhouse duty.
By the time the Boers had crossed the line, they had lost half of the horses.
Boers captured = Kritzinger (wounded), Hugo, Landman and Gert Boldingh (died 18 Dec 1901).
More information from personal records / accounts, please.
Thank you for the information shared. I would like to find out more about Landman in this case. I can track some details of my family (Landman) and their capture are POWs and Woman in camps. However, I would like to know which Landman was captured by Kritzinger's force on 18th Dec 1901?