Major-General Robert George Kekewich (1854-1914), CB (1900) entered the Army in 1874. Following involvement in the Ndebele War of 1896, he was made a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Loyal North Lancashires in 1898 and was in charge of the defence of Kimberley, 1899-1900, during the South African War. He was promoted to Major-General in 1902.
Autograph letter, 27th February 1900, to Sir Alfred Milner from Colonel R.G. Kekewich, commander of the garrison during the siege of Kimberley, lamenting and defending his position following criticism and noting Cecil Rhodes's opposition to him.
The letter was purchased from Argyll Etkin Ltd. in June 2002.Access Conditions
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The library holds a card index of all manuscript collections in its reading room.Related Units of Description
Papers of R.G. Kekewich relating to the Ndebele rebellion, 1896, comprising special orders, itinerary of route from Macloustie to Bulawayo, orders for marching parties and maps (ref. MSS. Afr. t. 20).
Kekewich | Robert George | 1854-1914 | Major General
Rhodes | Cecil John | 1853-1902 | imperialist and benefactor
Kimberley (South Africa) | History | Siege, 1899-1900
South African War, 1899-1902 | Personal narratives, British