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WAGON HILL CEMETERY - PLATRAND

ANGLO-BOER WAR
1899 - 1902

LADYSMITH SIEGE MUSEUM, CHURCHILL CAPTURE, CHIEVELEY, COLENSO AND THE PLATRAND

Visit Ladysmith, under seige for 118 days and described by Churchill as "famous to the uttermost ends of the earth: centre of the world's attention, scene of famous deeds, the cause of mighty efforts". Here in the fascinating Siege Museum you will be able to get an insight into what it was like living in Ladysmith, of the weapons and tactics used by both sides and of the battles fought to relieve the town..

Move on down the road and over the Tugela Heights and on to the site where the Armoured Train was ambushed and young Winston Churchill was captures, then come back along the road to the military cememtery at Chieveley where young "Freddy" Roberts is buried. From here we go to the military cemetery at Clouston before visiting the "Gun Site" at Colenso. From here the tour returns to Ladysmith for Lunch before visiting the Platrand, a long ridge overlooking Ladysmith made up of two features, Caeser's Camp on the east and Wagon Hill and Wagon Point on the west. These positions were the point of a determined Boer attack in the early hours of 6th January 1900 and equally determined defence by the British. This action continued all day with the battle line waivering to and fro untill a heavy rainstorm in the late afternoon enabled the British to finally gain control with the famous "Charge of the Devons".

Visit the numerous monuments to the men of both sides, inspect the remains of the British defences, Fort Manchester, the position of Goulburn's guns and the gun emplacement for the "Lady Ann" on Wagon Point. Although this latter position is often overgrown and has to be accessed by a rather rough path through long grass, making it extremely difficult to get to.

Alternative sites on this day are the Battlefield at Elandslaagte and the Anglican Church in Ladysmith where the walls of the nave are lined with marble plaques bearing the names of all the Imperial and Colonial soldiers that died in the Siege and battles to relieve Ladysmith.

This trip takes a full day from 08h00 to 18h00 from Dundee. Note the Ladysmith Siege Museum is closed on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 


ARMOURED TRAIN INCIDENT - GRAVE OF DUBLINS

THE GRAVE OF "FREDDY" ROBERTS AT CHIEVELEY
THE GUN SITE AT COLENSO

THE LADYSMITH SIEGE MUSEUM

BURGHER MONUMENT ON THE PLATRAND AND THE "DEVONS" MONUMENT ON WAGON HILL

ELANDSLAAGTE BATTLEFIELD

INSIDE THE ANGLICAN CHURCH IN LADYSMITH