Letter from Colonel R.G. Kekewich

Scope and Content

Autograph letter, 27th February 1900, to Sir Alfred Milner from ColonelR.G. Kekewich, commander of the garrison during the siege of Kimberley,lamenting and defending his position following criticism and noting CecilRhodes's opposition to him.

Administrative / Biographical History

Major-General Robert George Kekewich (1854-1914), CB (1900) entered the Army in1874. Following involvement in the Ndebele War of 1896, he was made a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Loyal North Lancashires in 1898and was in charge of the defence of Kimberley, 1899-1900, during the South AfricanWar. He was promoted to Major-General in 1902.

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Collection level description created by Paul Davidson, Bodleian Library of Commonwealth and African Studies at Rhodes House.

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Related Material

Papers of R.G. Kekewich relating to the Ndebele rebellion, 1896, comprisingspecial orders, itinerary of route from Macloustie to Bulawayo, orders formarching parties and maps (ref. MSS. Afr. t. 20).