The South African
Military History Society

Die Suid-Afrikaanse Krygshistoriese Vereniging



Military History Journal
Vol 1 No 5 - December 1969

BASUTOLAND ROLL OF HONOUR
1851 - 1881

Compiled by MAJOR G. TYLDEN, ED

This is a ROLL OF HONOUR of ALL RANKS of the BRITISH REGULARS and of the ARMED FORCES of the CAPE OF GOOD HOPE, the ORANGE FREE STATE, and the SOUTH AFRICAN REPUBLIC, who gave their lives during the wars waged against the Basotho of Basutoland and allied African Tribes during the years 1851 to 1881. The wars numbered five:

In all these wars African levies fought on the side of the white troops and their casualties, where known, are included. Just over three hundred names are recorded here, men of all races who were killed or who died of wounds and disease. Probably quite a few have been omitted owing to the considerable difficulties experienced in collating the lists.

The areas included are Basutoland and those territories immediately surrounding it, except Natal, where none are known to have been killed in action. In no cases are the names of civilians killed but not belonging to the forces included.

The task of collecting the names of those killed at Mount Morosi was begun by Father Carmichael of the Church of England Mission at Modderpoort, O.F.S., about 1935, and continued by Mr. G. H. Bruce of East London, formerly in the 1st Cape Mounted Yeomanry. Only 37 names out of an official total of 43 have been listed, though Mr. Bruce took the greatest trouble to ensure full accuracy.

The names of those killed at The Hell, near Thabana Morena, have been supplied by the Johannesburg Public Library.

SUMMARY OF CASUALTIES LISTED BY THE CAMPAIGNS
IN WHICH THEY WERE INCURRED

Eighth Kaffir War, 1851 .. .. .. .. .. 10 (excluding three Burghers of Orange River Sovereignty and four Native Levies)
Berea Campaign, 1852 .. .. .. .. .. .. 38
War of Senekal, 1858 .. .. .. .. .. .. 26
The Sequiti War, 1865-1868 .. .. .. .. 34
The Morosi War, 1879 .. .. .. .. .. .. 35
The Basutoland Rebellion, 1880-1881 .. 173
Total 316

THE EIGHTH KAFFIR WAR

The Eighth Kaffir War was fought by British Regulars and Cape Colony Irregulars against the African tribes on the East Coast. It spread and ultimately involved the Basotho, Baphuthi and allied tribes. The Roll for 1851 covers a clearing operation in the Orange Free State, then The Orange Sovereignty, and attacks against the Baphuthi, under Chief Morosi, at Genadeberg and Dulcie's Nek, on the present borders between the Herschel District of the Cape and the Quthing District in Basutoland.

CASUALTIES IN THE BRITISH REGULAR ARMY AND CAPE OF GOOD HOPE VOLUNTEERS DURING THE EIGHTH KAFFIR WAR IN THE AREA OF THE BAPHUTHI CHIEF, MOROSI

45TH FOOT, SHERWOOD FORESTERS

Number Name Rank Date Place
2074 Williams, John Pte. 5/2/1851 Genadeberg


and also three Burghers of the Orange River Sovereignty and four native levies.

VOLUNTEERS, COLESBERG DISTRICT

Name Rank Date Place
Boyle, John Volunteer 21/2/1851 Dulcie's Nek
Donohoe, Dick Volunteer 21/2/1851 Dulcie's Nek
Gallagher, Peter Volunteer 21/2/1851 Dulcie's Nek
Hogan, Con. Volunteer 21/2/1851 Dulcie's Nek
Kelly, James Volunteer 21/2/1851 Dulcie's Nek
Mooney, William Volunteer 21/2/1851 Dulcie's Nek
Muir, John Volunteer 21/2/1851 Dulcie's Nek
Speed, Richard Volunteer 21/2/1851 Dulcie's Nek
Stone, Charles Capt. 21/2/1851 Dulcie's Nek

REFERENCES:

THE BEREA CAMPAIGN (1852)

The Berea Campaign of 1852 was fought by Lieut.-General Sir George Catheart with British Regulars against the main force of the Basotho, under Chief Moshesh, near the present town of Maseru. The object was to compel the payment of a fine in cattle as punishment for constant raids. The fine was exacted, mainly by capture, and Cathcart retired for political reasons, leaving the Basotho stronger than before.

CASUALTIES IN THE BRITISH REGULAR ARMY IN THE BEREA CAMPAIGN OF 20th DECEMBER, 1852

XIITH ROYAL LANCERS

Number Name Rank Number Name Rank Number Name Rank
1299 Auchie, John Pte. 1080 Fleming, George Pte. 1094 Nicholls, Joseph Sgt.
1159 Baker, Thomas Pte. 1109 Gilbey, Henry Pte. 909 Norman, William Pte.
928 Bateman, Fred Pte. 1312 Hallcock, Charles Pte. 994 Parsons, Edward Pte.
1249 Benstead, Benjamin Pte. 1046 Hopgood, William Pte. 975 Peacock, G. W. Cpl.
838 Brooke, George Pte. 1239 Howlett, H. T. Pte. 866 Phillips, William Cpl.
782 Carley, Walter Pte. 1217 Mahon, John Pte. 926 Plummer, William Pte.
923 Carr, Thomas Pte. 1215 Mail, James Pte. 1181 Price, J. W. Pte.
692 Cleary, James Pte. 1232 McAlister, John Pte. 456 Rickman, John Pte.
1149 Dodd, John Pte. 1275 McLue, Thomas Pte. 1060 Wheeldon, John Pte.

CAPE MOUNTED RIFLEMEN (1827 TO 1870)

Number Name Rank Number Name Rank Number Name Rank
1955 Fortein, Andrew Johannes Pte. 1617 Hamilton, Charles Pte. 1940 Meyer, William Pte.
2037 Sands, John Pte. 825 Windvogel, Cupido Pte.      

73RD REGIMENT, LATER 2ND BATTALION, THE BLACK WATCH
(ROYAL HIGHLANDERS)

Number Name Rank Number Name Rank Number Name Rank
2308 Cunningham, William Pte. 2413 Doolan, Patrick Pte.   Faunec, W. B. Capt.

1ST BATTALION, THE RIFLE BRIGADE

Number Name Rank Number Name Rank Number Name Rank
2915 Boffin, W. Rifleman 1472 Case, Joseph Rifleman 2852 Howard, James Rifleman

Note by Major J. J. Hulme:

43RD LIGHT INFANTRY

Number Name Rank
  Delap, John Pte.

(Died of wounds received in action on 28 December, 1852, aged 27 years.)

This information appears from a tombstone in the Old Cemetery at Bloemfontein. The nature of the hostilities is not stated. 43rd Light Infantry was later 1st Bn. Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.

REFERENCES:

THE WAR OF SENEKAL (1858)

The War of Senekal, between the Commandos of the Orange Free State and the Basotho, lasted from March to June, 1858, and was caused by prolonged and aggravated boundary disputes. After some indecisive clashes the Free Staters retired to their own country without attacking Thaba Bosiu, Chief Moshesh's stronghold. After having much the better of the fighting the Basotho agreed to submit the boundary question to arbitration, with results that could be satisfactory to neither party.

CASUALTIES IN THE COMMANDOS OF THE ORANGE FREE STATE IN THE WAR WITH THE BASUTO IN 1858

43RD LIGHT INFANTRY

Name Rank Commando Date Place
Albertse, Hendrik Burgher Winburg 14/4/1858 Cathcart's Drift
Alberts, Jan Burgher Bloemfontein 3/4/1858 The Hell
Beer, Jan de Burgher Fauresmith 3/4/1858 The Hell
Blerk, Rosier van Burgher Fauresmith 3/4/1858 The Hell
Botha, Jacobus Burgher Winburg 14/4/1858 Cathcart's Drift
Brown, Robert Burgher Fauresmith 3/4/1858 The Hell
Bruin, Barend de Burgher Fauresmith 3/4/1858 The Hell
Griezel, Jacob Burgher Fauresmith 3/4/1858 The Hell
Henningse, Jobs Burgher Fauresmith 3/4/1858 The Hell
Jacobs, Jacobus Burgher Bloemfontein 3/4/1858 The Hell
Jager, Hermanus de Burgher Winburg 14/4/1858 Cathcart's Drift
Klaassen, Frederik Burgher Fauresmith 3/4/1858 The Hell
Lange, de Burgher Winburg 25/3/1858 Korauneberg
Lubbe, Gert Burgher Winburg 14/4/1858 Cathcart's Drift
Martens, Johannes Burgher Winburg 14/4/1858 Cathcart's Drift
Merwe, Cornelis van der Burgher Winburg 14/4/1858 Cathcart's Drift
Meyer, Piet Burgher Fauresmith 3/4/1858 The Hell
Niekerk, Gerrit Burgher Fauresmith 3/4/1858 The Hell
Pienaar, Jacob Burgher Winburg -/4/1858 Sand River
Plooy, Daniel du Burgher Fauresmith 3/4/1858 The Hell
Pretorius, Joachim Burgher Winburg 14/4/1858 Cathcart's Drift
Schalkwyk, Pieter van Burgher Fauresmith 3/4/1858 The Hell
Verster, Dirk Burgher Fauresmith 3/4/1858 The Hell
Voessee, Piet Burgher Fauresmith 3/4/1858 The Hell
Weidman, Hendrik Burgher Fauresmith 3/4/1858 The Hell
Zevenster, Frederik Burgher Winburg 14/4/1858 Cathcart's Drift

REFERENCES:

This campaign is badly documented. Casualties are from:


See also:
Tylden, G.: The Rise of the Basuto, 1950, pp.73-7.
The names of the Burghers who were killed at "Die Hell", near Thabana Morena, are published by courtesy of the City Librarian, Johannesburg.

THE SEQUITI WAR

There was a considerable amount of fighting in the first campaign from 1865-6 but very little in the second from 1867-8. The Basotho were completely defeated in the field but, owing to the failure of the Free State to capture Thaba Bosiu, the Basotho managed to keep on skirmishing until Great Britain stepped in and forced the Free State, completely exhausted financially, to make peace on terms which secured the Basotho in the possession of their country as it is to-day but under the rule of the Cape Colony.

CASUALTIES IN THE COMMANDOS OF THE ORANGE FREE STATE AND THE SOUTH AFRICAN REPUBLIC IN THE WARS WITH THE BASUTO FROM 1865 TO 1868

Number Rank Commando Date Place
Bay, Peter Burgher O.F.S. /6/1865 Smithfield area
Beer, Piet de Burgher S.A.R. 25/9/1865 Naauwpoort Nek
Daniel, Sampson Burgher O.F.S. 15/8/1865 Thaba Bosiu
Dreyer, Hendrik Oostewald Burgher O.F.S. 29/3/1866 Witzieshoek
Dry, Johannes Burgher O.F.S. 15/8/1865 Thaba Bosiu
Eden, Theodorus van Burgher O.F.S. 15/8/1865 Thaba Bosiu
Engelbrecht, Jacobus Burgher O.F.S. 15/8/1865 Thaba Bosiu
Greyling, Jacob Burgher O.F.S. /6/1865 Smithfield area
Heno, Michael Burgher S.A.R. 25/9/1865 Naauwpoort Nek
Hirschpohl, John Burgher O.F.S. 15/8/1865 Thaba Bosiu
Hoevels, Wilhelm Burgher O.F.S. 15/8/1865 Thaba Bosiu
Human, Jurie Burgher O.F.S. /6/1865 Smithfield area
Joubert, Gerthardus Burgher O.F.S. 15/8/1865 Thaba Bosiu
Kotze,Jacobus Burgher O.F.S. /6/1865 Smithfield area
Lyon, G. Commandant O.F.S. 15/8/1865 Thaba Bosiu
Minaar, Jan Burgher S.A.R. 29/9/1865 Naauwpoort Nek
Olivier, Barend Burgher O.F.S. /6/1865 Smithfield area
Raubenheimer, Adam Burgher O.F.S. 15/8/1865 Thaba Bosiu
Robertse, Daniel Burgher O.F.S. /6/1865 Smithfield area
Robertse, Hendrik Burgher O.F.S. /6/1865 Smithfield area
Robertson, J. Burgher O.F.S. /6/1865 Smithfield area
Russow, Edward Burgher S.A.R. 29/9/1865 Naauwpoort Nek
Savage, Burgher O.F.S. /12/1865 Ladybrand area
Senekal, Frederik Commandant O.F.S. 21/2/1866 Thlotse area
Simbeek, Joseph Burgher O.F.S. 29/3/1866 Witzieshoek
Stegman, Hugo Burgher O.F.S. /6/1865 Smithfield area
Stolz, Jacob Coloured volunteer O.F.S. 15/8/1865 Thaba Bosiu
Struben, H. Burgher O.F.S. /6/1865 Smithfield area
Swanepoel, Piet Burgher O.F.S. /6/1865 Smithfield area
Taljaard, Louis Burgher O.F.S. /6/1865 Smithfield area
Venter, David Burgher O.F.S. 15/8/1865 Thaba Bosiu
Wepener, Lourens Commandant O.F.S. 15/8/1865 Thaba Bosiu
Wessels, Pieter Burgher O.F.S. /6/1865 Smithfield area
Wessels, Piet Jnr. Burgher O.F.S. 14/6/1865 Moperi's Stadt

Note by Major J. J. Hulme:
The casualties recorded on the Basuto War Memorial in Bloemfontein are:

1865:

J. Andrews C. Dormehl M. v. Helsdingen P. Lottering C. Mouton G. du Plessis J. Schwimm D. Venter
C. Beck P. Doyle W. Hoevels G. Lyon A. Muller L. Prinsloo W. Smith L. Wepener, Komdt.
G. v. d. Berg J. Dry J. Horspoole C. Luttig P. Nel A. Raubenheimer T. Steenkamp P. Wessels
J. Beukes I. v. Eeden J. Human J. Luttig M. Nel E. Rautenbach H. Stegman  
B. Botes J. Engelbrecht P. Jordaan S. MacWilliam L. Neiuwenhuizen D. Robbertse, v.k. H. Stroeben  
J. Botes C. Erasmus G. Joubert S. Maree B. Olivier H. Robbertse P. Swanepoel  
G. v. d. Berg P. Grey H. de Koker C. Matthee C. Pelser R. Robertson J. Swart  
A. Cilliers J. Greyling J. Kotze H. Meintjes C. Pelser W. Savage L. Taljaard  
A. Coetsee J. Groenewald R. Lange R. Mostert J. Piek G. Schoebel M. Theron  
S. Daniel J. Haman J. Langeveldt A. Mouton P. Pienaar F. Schoor D. Uys  

1866:

A. Coetzee S. v. d. Merwe J. Pienaar
F. Senekal,Komdt. H. Dreyer, vz VR J. Nel
J. Prinsloo J. Simbeck G. Vermaak

1867:

M. Droetsche C. Klopper Stuart C. v. Zyl
D. Fourie J. Kok J. du Toit P. v. Zyl
C. Groenewald J. Krijnauw M. du Toit

1868:

A. Boescker C. Human J. Matthijsen A. Strydom
J. Coetsee P. Lotteringen T. O'Bryan  

This list and that in the Roll show various discrepancies which point to the need for further research.

The Friend, 2 September, 1865, gives the losses in the assault on Thaba Bosiu as:
Name .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Commando
Commdt. Louw Wepener .. .. Bethulie
Sampson Daniel .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Bethulie
Johannes Dry . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Smithfield
John Horsepoole . .. .. .. .. .. .. Bethulie
Gert Joubert . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .Kroonstad
Adam Raubenheimer .. .. .. .. ..Volunteer from Somerset East
Wilhelm Hoevels . .. .. .. .. .. .. Kroonstad
Jacobus Stoltz .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Man of colour
Doris van Ede ... .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Kroonstad
Stoltz was Wepener's agterryer.

REFERENCES:

Casualties are from:

See also:

THE MOROSI WAR

The investment and capture of Mount Morosi in the Quthing District, March to November, 1879, by the forces of the Cape Colony.

CASUALTIES IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE DURING THE SIEGE OF MOROSI'S MOUNTAIN IN 1879

THE CAPE MOUNTED RIFLEMEN (OF 1878 TO 1912), REGULARS, FORMERLY THE FRONTIER ARMED AND MOUNTED POLICE (1855-1878)

Name Rank Date Phase
Braine, Pte. 8/4/1879 1st Assault
Cole, W. F. Sgt. 8/4/1879 1st Assault
Edwards, J. Sgt. 8/4/1879 1st Assault
Jones, A. Cpl. 5/6/1879 2nd Assault
Martindale, C. Cpl. 8/4/1879 1st Assault
Paskie, Pte. 8/4/1879 1st Assault
Peterson, R. Pte. 6/5/1879  
Schwartz,   20/11/1879 3rd and Final Assault
Surmon,J. Capt. 8/4/1879 1st Assault
1ST REGIMENT, CAPE MOUNTED YEOMANRY
Name Rank Date Phase
Toomey, E. Trooper 5/6/1879 2nd Assault

2ND REGIMENT, CAPE MOUNTED YEOMANRY
Name Rank Date Phase
Muldoon, T. Sgt. 23/3/1879 During the approach
Robinson, J. Sgt. 5/6/1879 2nd Assault
Vice, A. J. Trooper 5/6/1879 2nd Assault
Wyk, S. van Trooper 5/6/1879 2nd Assault

3RD REGIMENT, CAPE MOUNTED YEOMANRY
Name Rank Date Phase
Muldoon, T. Sgt. 23/3/1879 During the approach
Ferreira, P.S. Trooper 29/5/1879 Night Attack
Hannon, W. E. Trooper 5/6/1879 2nd Assault
Hastings, A. Trooper 29/5/1879 Night Attack
Johnstone, A. Trooper 29/5/1879 Night Attack
Johnstone, Thomas Trooper 29/5/1879 Night Attack
Kay, W. Trooper 29/5/1879 Night Attack
King, W. Trooper No date  
Laurens,T. P. Trooper 29/5/1879 Night Attack
Leonard, H. Trooper 5/6/1879 2nd Assault
Lourens, Cornelius Trooper 29/5/1879 Night Attack
Mason, C. Trooper 29/5/1879 Night Attack
Meyer, Fred Trooper 29/5/1879 Night Attack
Reed, N. A. Lieut. 8/4/1879 1st Assault
Thornton, C. Trooper 29/5/1879 Night Attack
Warren,R. Trooper No date  

FORT BEAUFORT BURGHERS
Name Rank Date Phase
Sluyter, W. Trooper 5/6/1879 2nd Assault

STOCKENSTROOM VOLUNTEER RIFLES
Name Rank Date Phase
Jordaan, N. Trooper 5/6/1879 2nd Assault
Pretorius, Trooper 5/6/1879 2nd Assault

FINGO LEVIES
Name Rank Date
Jantjie Driver No date
Masoopie, Ben Driver No date
Sinta Sinta Private No date

BASUTO LEVIES
Name Rank Date
Groot Boom Pte. No date

Note by Major J. J. Hulme:
Von Broembser, Trooper, Herschel Mounted Volunteers, Silver Spruit, 13/5/1879
Ref: Cape Archives; D. D. 1/10 Miscellaneous ; Report A G. Austen to H. Everitt, dated 14 May, 1879.

REFERENCES:

The casualties, copies by the late Major Deare from the Government Gazettes of the Cape of Good Hope, are given in full in the Natal Week-End Advertiser for May, 1930, and supplemented by Mr. C. Bruce of East London in the Daily Despatch of the 16th November, 1930. The late Father Carmichael assisted Mr. Bruce.

See also:
Blue Books A-17 79, C-16 79, A-49 79.

THE BASUTOLAND REBELLION
(THE GUN WAR) 1880-1881

The Basutoland Rebellion was fought by the Cape Colony with the idea of disarming the Basotho, an object which failed completely, and by the Basotho, in alliance with various tribes in the Transkei and East Griqualand, to drive out the whites. The latter objective was not attained. Many Africans fought for the Cape but there were no Regular British troops other than a handful of Staff Officers. As a further result of the war the Basotho, in time, came, as they desired, under the direct rule of Great Britain instead of that of the Cape.

CASUALTIES IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE CAPE OF GOOD HOPE DURING THE WAR WITH THE BASUTO IN 1888-1881, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE BASUTO REBELLION OR THE GUN WAR

REGULARS AND VOLUNTEERS:

THE CAPE MOUNTED RIFLEMEN (OF 1878 TO 1912), REGULARS, FORMERLY
THE FRONTIER ARMED AND MOUNTED POLICE (1855 TO 1878)

Name Rank Date Place Name Rank Date Place
Clarke, T. A. Lieut. 17/9/1886 Mafeteng Magee, - Pte. 17/9/1880 Mafeteng
Cook, C. Pte. 4/10/1880 Mohale's Hoek Morris, E (d) Sgt. 4/4/1881 Mafeteng
Demmer, H. (d) Pte. 21/1/1881 Mafeteng Murphy, E. P. Pte. 13/12/1880 Mafeteng
Doland, - (d) Pte. 17/3/1881 Mafeteng Rochfort, - (d) Pte. 9/3/1881 Mafeteng
Clover, H. (d) Sgt. 17/2/1881 Wepener Sherratt, - Cpl. 31/10/1880 Mafeteng
Hurst, J. Pte. 28/10/1881 Maseru Trigg, - (d) Pte. 8/1/1881 Maseru
Kiddy, T. E. Pte. 1/12/1880 Mafeteng White, - Pte. 17/9/1880 Mafeteng
Leahy, R. (d) Pte. 19/1/1881 Kokstad        

1st REGIMENT, CAPE MOUNTED YEOMANRY

Name Rank Date Place Name Rank Date Place
Bellinge, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani Maclean, C Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani
Bevidge, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani Martins, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani
Berg, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani McNamara, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani
Blaine,J. R. Sgt. 14/1/1881 Tweefontein McNamee, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani
Chinnar, - Trooper 19/10/1881 Qalabani Murray, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani
Fielding, J. Trooper 20/3/1881 Drowned while on leave Nicholls, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani
Foggin,- Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani Oelssen, O Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani
Glass, F. C. Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani Petersen, - Sgt. 19/10/1880 Qalabani
Gravett, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani Pochek, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani
Grissold, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani Praed, - Bugler 19/10/1880 Qalabani
Holmes, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani Randall, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani
Hoffmeister, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani Roberts, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani
James, E. Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani South, - Sgt. 19/10/1880 Qalabani
Jennings, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani Thorssen, J. Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani
Kerr, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani Vernon, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani
Labye, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani Watson, - Sgt. Major 19/10/1880 Qalabani
Langley, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani Wasserfall, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani
Lewis, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani Wesson, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Qalabani

2ND REGIMENT CAPE MOUNTED YEOMANRY

Name Rank Date Place Name Rank Date Place
Bennett, T. Trooper 14/1/1881 Tweefontein Hooper, R. B. Sgt. Major 14/1/1881 Tweefontein
Boge, W. (d) Trooper 15/2/1881 Mafeteng Knox, A. Trooper 13/11/1880 Kolo
Cockin, R. Lieut. 13/11/1880 Kolo Wallace, B. Trooper 14/1/1881 Tweefontein
Dodd, - Trooper 14/1/1881 Tweefontein Wet, J. de Trooper 4/10/1880 Mohale's Hoek
Engelbrecht, J. (d) Trooper 26/2/1881 Tarkastadt Zyl, C. van Trooper 13/11/1880 Kolo

3RD REGIMENT, CAPE MOUNTED YEOMANRY

Name Rank Date Place
Collins, A Trooper 13/11/1880 Kolo

KIMBERLEY HORSE: Right Wing at Mafeteng, Left Wing at Thlotse

Name Rank Date Place Name Rank Date Place
Cumming, - Sgt. 9/3/1880 Thlotse May, T. Trooper 22/1/1881 Thlotse
(missing)
Daniels, J. Cpl. 11/2/1881 Thlotse McNalty, - Trooper 19/10/1880 Mafeteng
Hayes, P. Trooper l5/2/1881 Thlotse
(missing)
Stockling, E. L. Cpl. 24/3/1881 Mafeteng
Krohn, - Trooper 10/4/1881 Thlotse
(suicide)
Seymour, - Lieut. 17/2/1881 Thlotse
Lawrence, - Major 9/3/1881 Thlotse Von Plaster, - Trooper 13/12/1880 Mafeteng

BAKER's HORSE

Name Rank Date Place
Hunt, - Trooper 19/1/1881 Griqualand East
McPhail, - Trooper 19/1/1881 Griqualand East
Petersen, - Trooper 19/1/1881 Griqualand East

BASUTOLAND MOUNTED POLICE

Name Rank Date Place Name Rank Date Place
Chichaba, - Chief Constable 14/10/1880 Mafeteng Saunders, - Acting Inspector 21/11/1880 Thlotse
Matseke, - Pte. 21 11/1880 Thlotse Tsepe, - Pte. 24/2/1881 Thlotse
Mei, - Pte. 21/11/1880 Thlotse        

KOKSTADT MOUNTED VOLUNTEERS

Name Rank Date Place
Angell, - Trooper 10/4/1881 Griqualand East

LANDRY'S LIGHT HORSE

Name Rank Date Place
Gelderbloem, - Trooper 24/3/1881 Mafeteng
Hansen, E. Trooper 17/3/1881 Mafeteng
Whitchorn, T. Trooper 24/3/1881 Mafeteng

NESBITT's IRREGULAR HORSE

Name Rank Date Place
Hartnek, - Trooper 20/3/1881 Maseru

NEW ENGLAND VOLUNTEERS

Name Rank Date Place
Wyatt, William Trooper 15/3/1881 Herschel (drowned)

STERKSPRUIT VOLUNTEERS

Name Rank Date Place
Wenlock, William Trooper 5/1/1881 Barkly

TRANSVAAL HORSE

Name Rank Date Place
Erasmus, Peter Trooper 10/4/1881 Thlotse
Hanson, - Capt. 14/12/1886 Thlotse

UMTATA MOUNTED VOLUNTEERS

Name Rank Date Place
Allan, J. (d) Pte. 15/3/1881 Griqualand East
Hogan, Dennis Pte. 23/2/1881 Griqualand East

WILLOUGHBY'S HORSE

Name Rank Date Place Name Rank Date Place
Allen, A. J. Trooper 26/2/1881 Griqualand East
(suicide)
Hogarth, F. Trooper 23/1/1881 Griqualand East
(drowned)
Curson, - (d) Trooper 25/1/1881 Griqualand East White, - (d) Pte. 25/1/1881 Griqualand East

WOODHOUSE BORDER GUARD

Name Rank Date Place
Keys, - Trooper 10/12/1880 Griqualand East

WOODHOUSE BORDER ROVERS

Name Rank Date Place
Kidson, - Trooper 14/12/1880 Griqualand East

CAPE TOWN VOLUNTEER ENGINEERS

Name Rank Date Place
Clarke, - Sgt. 25/1/1881 Griqualand East

DUKE OF EDINBURGH'S OWN VOLUNTEER RIFLES

Name Rank Date Place Name Rank Date Place
Cole, C. Pte. 31/10/1880 Mafeteng Russell, G. Pte. 28/11/1880 Mafeteng
Kemp, H. Pte. 31/10/1880 Mafeteng Versveld, (d) Pte. 8/2/1880 Mafeteng

PRINCE ALFRED'S VOLUNTEER GUARD

Name Rank Date Place Name Rank Date Place Name Rank Date Place
Dowling, H. Pte. 15/2/1881 Mafeteng Sells, J. (d) Pte. 4/4/1881 Mafeteng Spurrell, - Pte. 22/10/1880 Mafeteng
Heath, J. Cpl. 10/1/1881 Mafeteng Smith, C. Pte. 22/10/1880 Mafeteng        

lST CITY OF GRAHAMSTOWN VOLUNTEERS

Name Rank Date Place Name Rank Date Place Name Rank Date Place
Brooks, F. Pte. 31/10/1880 Mafeteng Jacques, - Pte. 31/10/1880 Mafeteng Webb, - Pte. 31/10/1880 Mafeteng
Burns, - Sgt. 31/10/1880 Mafeteng Milne, - Pte. 31/10/1880 Mafeteng Wood, W. S. Colour Sgt. 31/10/1880 Mafeteng
Cassell, - Cpl. 31/10/1880 Mafeteng Mundell (also Mundy)R. (d) Lieut. 29/3/1881 Mafeteng        

BUFFALO VOLUNTEER RIFLES, GERMAN COMPANY

Name Rank Date Place Name Rank Date Place        
Von Linsingen, - Capt. 14/11/1880 Griqualand East Von Linsingen, Ernest Lieut. 14/11/1880 Griqualand East and three other Europeans

CAPE TOWN RIFLES

Name Rank Date Place
Smith, Thomas Pte. 22/4/1881 Mafeteng

COMMANDOS

Name Rank Commando Date Place Name Rank Commando Date Place
Aucamp, C. Burgher Albert 14/1/1881 Tweefontein Levy, R. Burgher Cradock 14/1/1881 Tweefontein
Aucamp, H. Sgt. Albert 14/1/1881 Tweefontein Lombard, - (d) Burgher Cradock 21/2/1881 Maseru
Brink, C. A.
(killed by lightning)
Burgher Ceres 1/1/1881 Griqualand East Lourens, H. A. D. Burgher Bredasdorp 8/1/1881 Griqualand East
Bryan, - Burgher Somerset 14/1/1881 Tweefontein Rayward, - Burgher Cradock 14/1/1881 Tweefontein
Dyk,Jacobus Van Burgher Caledon 17/2/1881 Griqualand East Schwedersky, Julius Bugler Bedford 13/2/1881 Griqualand East
Erasmus, - Commandant Somerset 14/1/1881 Tweefontein Smith, - Trader (?) (?) 14/1/1881 Tweefontein
Gaskell, J. Burgher Somerset 14/1/1881 Tweefontein Stunber, J. Burgher Somerset 14/1/1881 Tweefontein
Herton, P. M. Burgher Somerset 14/1/1881 Tweefontein Sweigers, J. H. Burgher Hopetown 14/1/1881 Tweefontein
Heyman, M. C. Burgher Hopetown 10/1/1881 Mafeteng Troskie, H. Burgher Albert 14/1/1881 Tweefontein

CONTINGENTS AND LEVIES

Name Rank Levy or Contingent Date Place Name Rank Levy or Contingent Date Place
Adrian, - Cpl. Mafeteng Contingent 21/2/1881 Mafeteng Moletsane, Alfred Chief Mohale's Hoek Levy 14/1/1881 Tweefontein
Austen, J. Capt. Herschel Contingent 28/1/1881 Mokotjomela Motsenyane, John (d) Pte. Mohale's Hoek Levy 14/1/1881 Tweefontein
Blakeway, - Capt. Fingo Levy 10/11/1880 Griqualand N'amixo Katipa Pte. Tambookie Levy 13/11/1880 Griqualand
Bobo, - Pte. Basuto Levy 10/10/1880 Maseru Neapai, - Pte. Herschel Contingent 28/1/1881 Mokotjomela
Bobotywana, - Pte. Herschel Contingent 28/1/1881 Mokotjomela Nelson, - Lieut. Basuto Levy 28/10/1880 Maseru
Cherry, Gert Pte. Amatembu Regiment 19/1/1881 Griqualand Nickova, - Pte. Herschel Contingent 28/1/1881 Mokotjomela
Harding, - Sgt. Basuto Levy 20/1/1881 Maseru Ntindichs, - Pte. Herschel Contingent 28/1/1881 Mokotjomela
Honey, W. Lieut. Fingo Levy 29/11/1881 Griqualand Paxton, - Lieut. Baca Contingent 18/12/1880 Griqualand
Insabo, - Pte. Kamastone Levy 19/1/1881 Queenstown Petaros, - Pte. Basuto Levy 19/12/1880 Maseru
Isaac, - Leader Somerset Burghers 26/1/1881 Mafeteng Racuza, - Pte. Fingo Militia 9/2/1881 Griqualand
Jacoleshe, - Pte. Herschel Contingent 28/1/1881 Mokotjomela Nelson, - Lieut. Basuto Levy 28/10/1880 Maseru
Kolhakla, - Pte. Idutywa Militia 26/1/1881 Griqualand Sejakane, - (missing) Pte. Mohale's Hoek Levy -/11/1880 Mafeteng
Komani, - Pte. Divisional Police 14/12/1880 Griqualand Sekonyella, Thos. (d) Pte. Mafeteng Levy 29/1/1881 Mafeteng
Lerotha, - Pte. Basuto Levy 20/1/1881 Maseru Supujane, - Pte. Mohale's Hoek Levy 1/12/1880 Mafeteng
Lenari, - Pte. Zulu Contingent 5/1/1881 Maseru Swellenkono, - Pte. Herschel Contingent 28/1/1881 Mokotjomela
Mafike, Johannes Pte. Herschel Contingent 28/1/1881 Mokotjomela Timotia, - (d) Pte. Leribe Levy 18/4/1881 Thlotse
Mokulankulu, - Pte. Fingo Levy 10/10/1880 Maseru Umtikela, - Pte. Herschel Contingent 28/1/1881 Mokotjomela
Makuruane, Tom (d) Pte. Mohale's Hoek Levy 31/1/1881 Mafeteng Usher, Henry Commandant Abolondolozi 10/4/1881 Griqualand
Mapera, - Pte. Amatembu Regt. 17/1/1881 Griqualand Yorke, V. J. Capt. Herschel Contingent 6/4/1881 Quthing

Note by Majar J. J. Hulme:
PRINCE ALFRED'S VOLUNTEER GUARD
The Regimental history "Prince Alfred's Guard", by Neil Orpen, 1967, gives the unit's casualties in the Gun War as:

Lt. R. Seater
Sgt.-Maj. J. Wynne
Cpl. J. Heath
Pte. H. Dawling
Pte. J. W. Sell
Pte. C. Smith
Pte. R. Spurrell
Pte. D. Dundas.
At p. 47 it is stated that Seater died in Part Elizabeth as the result of fever contracted in Basutoland, that Wynne, Dundas and Sell died on active service, that Smith, Dowling and Heath were killed in action, and that Spurrell died of wounds.

REFERENCES:

The list of casualties is compiled from Government Gazettes C. of G.H., 10th November, 9th December, 17th December, 1880, 23rd February-March, 2nd April, 20th May, 1881, with supplementary list, 1881, and short lists against despatches reissued as cited. Some of the Griqualand East casualties occur sporadically in despatches in the Government Gazette. Other despatches not published in the Gazette are to be found in Carrington's War Diary, in the Cape Archives, which contains copies of despatches kept by and sent to Carrington during the campaign.
See also:
Tylden, G.: The Rise of the Basuto, 1950, Ch. IX.

NOTES:

(i) (d) after a name indicates that the person died of disease.
(ii) Qalabani (Qalabane) is a hill near Mafeteng, 29° 46' S., 270° 11' E.
(iii) Tweefontein is in the Mafeteng district, 29° 48' S., 270° 22' E.
(iv) Mokotlomela is a hill in the Quthing district, near Mount Morosi, 300° 17' S., 270° 54' E.
(v) Griqualand is used here to indicate Griqualand East and the Transkei.


An e-mail dated Fri, 14 Nov 2008 from John Bird, bluebird7@dsl.pipex.com, Maghull, Merseyside, is appended here for interest:
My maternal grand father was Peter Dwyer, born in Liverpool 1855 and died here in 1901. He fought with Kimberley Horse, Diamond Field Brigade, in the Ninth Kaffir War. He went under the name of Lieut. Samuel Astley Seymour, nick name ‘Lucky’. He received a severe bullet wound in the knee in action and was invalided home to Liverpool about 1881 or 2.

Your web page seems to list him as being killed in March 1881.

Today while researching I found the name of my grand fathers commanding officer, Major Lawrence, who died in action with the Kimberley Horse in 1881. On the same paragraph my grandfather is also listed in the Roll of Honour.

No one seems to know why my grand father changed his name. He served also as a boy seaman in the Royal Navy under his real name.

I attach a very old photo of my grandfather in Kimberley Horse uniform.

Lieut. Samuel Astley ‘Lucky’ Seymour



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