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COLENSO ACTIVITIES

 

Anglo-Boer War Sites

 

*Clouston Koppie of Remembrance

15 December 1899. Bullers first attempt to cross Thukela River and relieve Ladysmith met with disaster at Battle of Colenso. Memorials and graves  moved to this site.Was Gen Buller’s headquarters during the battle of Colenso. Several brigade hospitals here during the battle.Where first moving pictures of a battle were taken.

DIRECTIONS – On R103 outside Colenso.

Open daily. Tel: 036 637 2992

 

*Chieveley Military Cemetery

Site of No.4 Station Hospital. Burial place of Lord Robert’s son, Lt Freddy Roberts.

DIRECTIONS – Follow dirt road past railway station to cemrtery.On R103 between Escourt and Colenso.

Open daily. Tel: 036 637 2992

 

*Battle of Thukela Heights

 12-28 February 1900. Gerneral Buller led his troops through numerous battles on the south bank of Thukela river – Hussar Hill, Cingolo Hill, M,onte Chrito, Hlangwane – followed by operations on the north bank – Colenso Koppies, Wynne Hills, Inniskilling (Hart’s Hill), Railway Hill and Pieters Hill before relieving Ladysmith.

DIRECTIONS – Turn off on the road between Colenso/Ladysmith towards Ezakheni/Newcastle.Graves and memorials next to road.

Tel: 036 637 2992

 

*Ambleside Military Cemetery

Burial site of 5th Irish Brigade, killed in Battle of Colenso.

DIRECTIONS – Take Weenen/Colenso road from R103 (approaching from Escourt) and turn left to Winterton , follow signs.

Open daily. Tel: 036 637 2992

 

*Gun Positions

Ten of twelve British guns used during Battle of Colenso lost to Boers under leadership of Gen Louis Botha, Lt Freddy Roberts, son of Lord Roberts, mortally wounded here.

Marker indicates where he fell.

Tel: 036 637 2992

 

*Armoured Train Incident

Winston Churchill captured by Boer forces near site after armoured observation train was derailed by Boers.

DIRECTIONS – Plaque next to road, cemetery across railway line.On R103 between Escourt and Colenso.

Tel: 036 352 6253