Engagement - Holland Ermelo Elandspruit Dullstroom Transvaal 1901
19 December 2017
When the British solders occupied Dullstroom in May 1900, during the Anglo-Boer War, they virtually razed the village to the ground. The women and children were removed to a British concentration camp in Belfast.
Many died fighting and others died in detention. A stone memorial and garden of remembrance remind us of those terrible times. After the pitched battle of Dalmanutha (August 1900), the war assumed the form of guerilla warfare and sporadic fighting occurred in the area."Long Toms", the cannons, which the Boers used to try and dislodge the British from Lydenburg in the battle between the Boers and the British in the Anglo-Boer War (1899 -1902) in
the Lydenburg area,were more easily moved as they were fitted with 4 wheels, whilst the 5 inch British guns guns had only 2 wheels. The Boers also fired with the Long Toms at ranges which were too far for the British field artillery to reply. An encounter took place in December 1901 at Elandspruit which resulted in British and Boer casualties.