Short, E C

Dates:

War Service:
The Times of 29 June 1900 reported that Sapper 6304 E C SHORT of the Royal Engineers Electrical Volunteers had died of disease at Kroonstad, South Africa.

Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the South African War memorial at Blackheath Proprietary School, RE Electrical Engineers. Strand, LONDON and on the South African Memorial Arch at the Royal Engineers Brompton barracks in Chatham.

Details:

Source: South African Field Force. JB Hayward & Sons
Gazetteer: [2726: 2740-2714] a town in the Orange Free State (Kroonstad district; Free State), 60 km north-east of Welkom on the railway line from Bloemfontein to Vereeniging. The town and district provided burghers for a commando (Cmdt B. Celliers; Cmdt C. Nel; Cmdt F. van Aardt; Cmdt J.V. Meintjes; Cmdt S.W. Meintjes; Cmdt P.W. de Vos; Cmdt Maree; Cmdt S.A. Celliers; Cmdt C.A. van Niekerk). Prior to the British occupation of Bloemfontein (2)*, the government of the Orange Free State moved here on 11 March 1900. President S.J.P. Kr├╝ger of the South African Republic and his military staff joined President M.T. Steyn of the Orange Free State in a krijgsraad (council-of-war) on 17 March to discuss the future conduct of the war; it resolved to continue hostilities. The commandos of Chief-Cmdt C.R. de Wet and Veg-Gen J.H. de la Rey assembled here on 25 March. As the British advanced northwards towards Pretoria*, Boer defensive positions were outflanked by Maj-Gen J.D.P. French's cavalry division on 11 May and the railway was cut north of the town near America Siding* that night as Boer forces evacuated their positions. The landdrost formally surrendered the town on 12 May and Field Marshal Lord Roberts reviewed his troops on the market square later that day. To secure communications and refit, the British army halted here until 20 May. On 28 May, Lt-Gen Lord Methuen's division arrived to garrison the town and protect the army's lines of supply. A white concentration refugee camp was located here. HMG I p.49, II pp.230, 242 and 265-266, III pp.60-63 (map no.38), IV p.669; Times IV pp.122-124 and 223 (map facing p.124); Cd.819. ADD Breytenbach V pp.156-173.

Source:

Contributed By: Andy Pepper

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