Siege of Elands River Blue Plaque - Magaliesberg Heritage

The British supply depot at Elands River (today Swartruggens) was besieged by General Koos de la Rey’s Boers from the commandos of Rustenburg, Lichtenburg, Wolmaranstad, Bloemhof, Marico, Griqualand and Vryburg. The British garrison of 505 Australians and Rhodesians as well as wagon drivers under Colonel Charles Hore, defended more than 100 wagons packed with large quantities of supplies. Heavy artillery and rifle fire from the Boers forced the defenders to rapidly dig trenches. The Australians and Rhodesians refused to surrender and held out until relieved by Lord Kitchener on 16 August.

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Travel west on the N4 for about 50km from Rustenburg to Swatruggens. The military cemetery is on the right shortly before entering the town. The battlefield and Blue Plaque is on the farm of Maarten Stols. Proceed 1km beyond the cemetery. Turn left into Love Grove Street. The road passes over the railway line and the entrance to the farm is directly ahead.


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Military Cemetery at Elands River (Vincent Carruthers)