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Battle of Belmont – 23 November 1899

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  • Joachim Petrus Nicolaas Prinsloo, Commandant (1864 - 1902)
    Kommandant J. P. N. PRINSLOO Joachim Petrus Nikolaas Prinsloo, omtrent 1863 in het Pretoria distrikt geboren, woonde op de plaats Rietfontein, wijk Bronkhorstspruit, toen de laatste oorlog aanving. I...
  • Robert George Perkins, Guardsman (1875 - 1899)
    The 1st Battalion Scots Guards sailed from the UK in the Nubia on 20 October 1899, and arrived at the Cape about 13 November. The battalion had very heavy fighting at Belmont on 23 November. Lord Methu...
  • Robert Walter Maxwell Brine, Lieutenant (1875 - 1899)
    MILITARY: 2nd Lieutenant – Northumberand Fusilier, 1895; Lieutenant – 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. MILITARY: Battles and Wars – Served in the Egyptian Campaign; in the Ba...
  • Edward Boaz Eagar, Captain (1860 - 1899)
    Killed in action at Belmont. 23rd Nov. 1899. Aged 39. Son of Colonel Edward Hungerford Eagar (40th Foot) and Elizabeth Kelly. Born 7th April 1860. Served in the Nile expedition 1898 (medal and bar). ...
  • General "Koos" de la Rey (1847 - 1914)
    General Jacobus Herculaas de la Rey (22 October 1847 - 15 September 1914), known as Koos de la Rey was a Boer general during the Second Boer War and is widely regarded as being one of the strongest mil...

The Battle of Belmont is the name of an engagement of the Second Boer War on 23 November 1899, where the British under Lord Methuen assaulted a Boer position on Belmont koppie.

Methuen's three brigades were on their way to raise the Boer siege of Kimberley. A Boer force of about 2,000 men had entrenched on the range of Belmont koppie to delay their advance. Methuen sent the Guards Brigade on a night march to outflank the Boers, but due to faulty maps the Grenadier Guards found themselves in front of the Boer position instead.

The Guards and the 9th Brigade assaulted the Boers over open ground, suffering about 200 casualties. Before the British came to use their bayonets, the Boers retreated by pony and re-formed in another entrenched position at Graspan, where the pattern was repeated and the British suffered another 197 casualties while driving away the Boers.

Date: 23 November 1899

Location: Belmont Koppie, Orange Free State

Result: British Victory

Boer Commandos

Commanders and Leaders

*Commandant GF Lubbe

Strength: 2000

Casualties and losses

Slight

Casualties

A

  • Allison Jacobus Johannes
  • Age: 17
  • Commando: Boshoff
  • Buried: Magersfontein

B


  • Barnard Jacobus
  • Age: 28
  • Address: Witbank, Vredefort
  • Commando: Kroonstad
  • Bekker Jurgens Johannes
  • Age: 32
  • Address: Welgeval
  • Commando: Jacobsdal
  • Bester Jacobus A
  • Commando: Jacobsdal
  • Bosman W
  • Commando: Boshof
  • Bothma Jan
  • Age: 28
  • Commando: Bloemfontein
  • Britz Rudolf Johannes (Dolf)
  • Age: 39
  • Address: Wintersdraai
  • Commando: Boshof
  • Buys William Edward

C

  • Claasens Arrie Willem
  • Age: 35
  • Address: Boesmansfontein, Boshof
  • Buried: Magersfontein Monument
  • Cronje NS
  • Buried: Magersfontein from Belmont
  • Cronje Pieter Willem
  • Age: 38
  • Address: Rondefontein, Fauresmith
  • Commando: Fauresmith
  • Buried: Magersfontein Monument

D

  • de Beer Dirk Johannes
  • Age: 28
  • Address: Boesmanpan
  • Commando: Boshof
  • Buried: Magersfontein from Monument Farm
  • de Bruin Piet
  • Age: 18
  • Address: Dist Boshof
  • Commando: Boshof
  • Buried: Magersfontein Monument from Monument Farm
  • du Plessis Stephanus Philippus
  • Commando: Hoopstad
  • Buried: Magersfontein from Monument Farm
  • du Toit Daniel Carl
  • Age: 29
  • Address: Bleomfontein
  • Commando: Bloemfontein
  • du Toit Jacobus S
  • Commando: Boshof
  • du Toit Petrus
  • Address: Jacobsdal
  • Commando: Jacobsdal

E

  • Ebersohn Petrus Hendrik
  • Age: 31
  • Address: Winburg
  • Commando: Winburg

G

  • Geel Cornelis J
  • Age: 19
  • Address: Leeuwfontein
  • Commando: Boshof
  • Buried: Magersfontein Monument
  • Geyer Willem
  • Address: Jacobsdal
  • Commando: Jacobsdal
  • Groenewald Coenraad Jacobus
  • Age: 22
  • Address: Klippiesdam, Boshof
  • Commando: Boshof
  • Buried: Magersfontein from Monument Farm

H

  • Helmbolt PW
  • Age: 33
  • Commando: Waterberg
  • Buried: Magersfontein Monument from Monument Farm
  • Hattingh Sybrand L
  • Buried: Magersfontein Monument

J

  • Joubert Francois
  • Age: 28
  • Address: Paardeplaats, Potchefstroom
  • Commando: Potchefstroom
  • Buried: Magersfontein from Monument Farm

K

  • Age: 45
  • Commando: Boshof
  • Buried: Magersfontein from Belmont
  • Kruger Jan G F
  • Commando: Boshof

L

  • Lombaard Abraham
  • Age: 35
  • Address: Slapkraal, Boshof
  • Commando: Boshof
  • Lotz Nicolaas Johannes Jacobus
  • Age: 31
  • Address: Rooiplaas, Boshof
  • Commando: Boshof
  • Buried: Endor, Boshof
  • Lourens Johannes W
  • Age: 17
  • Address: Houtnek, Boshof
  • Commando: Boshof

M

  • Meijer Petrus Frederik
  • Age: 26
  • Address: Meyersfontein, Boshof
  • Commando: Boshof
  • Mienie PC
  • Commando: Boshof

N

  • Nagel Rudolf (Dolf)
  • Age: 55
  • Commando: Hoopstad
  • Buried: Magersfontein Monument from Monument Farm
  • Nagel JP
  • Commando: Hoopstad
  • Nel Ignatius JC
  • Commando: Winburg
  • Buried: Belmont

O

  • Orsmond WG
  • Commando: OFS Artillery
  • Buried: Magersfontein Monument

P

  • Pretorius Abraham Paulus
  • Age: 38
  • Address: Doornfontein, Distrik Winburg
  • Commando: Winburg

S

  • Scott Willem E
  • Age: 43
  • Address: Welgevonden, Winburg
  • Commando: Boshof
  • Smit Christoffel Johannes
  • Age: 31
  • Address: Groenpunt, Boshof
  • Commando: Boshof
  • Steyn Marthinus
  • Age: 34
  • Address: Kleinfontein, Distrik Winburg
  • Commando: Winburg
  • Swart Jacobus Johannes Nicolaas
  • Age: 19/21
  • Address: Houtnek, Boshof
  • Commando: Boshof
  • Buried: Magersfontein Monument

V

  • van der Merwe Francois Nicolaas
  • Age: 23
  • Address: Nelsdam, Fauresmith
  • Commando: Fauresmith
  • van Dyk Gideon
  • Age: 25
  • Address: Distrik Boshof
  • Commando: Boshof
  • Buried: Magersfontein Monument from Monument
  • van Niekerk Schalk Willem Jacobus
  • Age: 40
  • Address: Concordia, Winburg
  • Commando: Winburg
  • van Schalkwyk PJB
  • Commando: Fauresmith
  • Buried: Magersfontein from Belmont
  • van Wyk Adriaan Jacobus
  • Age: 21
  • Address: Oliviersfontein, Distrik Boshof
  • Commando: Boshof
  • Buried: Magersfontein Monument from Monument Farm
  • Vorster Johannes Antonie
  • Age: 37
  • Address: Zoutpansdrift, Boshof
  • Commando: Boshof
  • Vosloo Carel Johannes
  • Age: 22
  • Address: Lemoenfontien, Hoopstad
  • Commando: Hoopstad

Commonwealth Troops

Commanders and Leaders

Strength: 8000

Casualties and losses

200

B



  • Age: 24
  • Regiment: 1/Northumberland Fusiliers

E



  • Age: 39
  • Regiment: 1/Northumberland Fusiliers

P



  • Age: 23
  • Regiment: 1st Scotts Guards

[http://www.angloboerwar.com/books/37-davitt-boer-fight-for-freedom/847-davitt-chapter-xvii-battle-of-belmont]

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Belmont_(1899)]