A Handbook of the Boer War eBook

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The negotiations at Pretoria were conducted by a deputation from the Vereeniging Convention:  Delarey, Botha, Smuts, De Wet, and Hertzog.  These did their best, and even obtained some verbal changes of phraseology which made Lord Kitchener’s terms less unpalatable.  The question of British nationality was waived for the moment to allow of the other stipulations of the document being discussed; and the general subject was referred to a minor convention consisting of Lord Milner and his legal adviser on one side, and of Smuts and Hertzog on the other.

A proposal for a final settlement was drawn up, which, with certain alterations insisted on by the Colonial Office, was presented by Lord Kitchener as his ultimatum, to be accepted within three days by the Vereeniging Convention.  Botha and his colleagues returned to Vereeniging and laid it before the delegates.  Steyn refused to entertain it and immediately resigned his titular office of President of the Orange Free State; De Wet, implacable almost to the last, protested against its terms.  The hopelessness of the Boer cause in South Africa was, however, manifest.  Even De Wet yielded, and voted with the majority in favour of accepting the British terms of peace.

On May 31, 1902, the Treaty of Vereeniging brought to an end the War of 960 days.






1 Babington, Porter, Gordon     1 (Natal) Burn-Murdoch
2 Broadwood                     2 (Natal) Brocklehurst
3 Gordon, Little                3 (Mounted Brigade, Natal)
4 Dickson                           Dundonald

MOUNTED INFANTRY BRIGADES——­Alderson, Le Gallais, Martyr,
Ridley, Hutton



I Methuen 5 (Irish) Hart
II Clery, Lyttelton, Clery 6 (Fusilier) Barton
III Gatacre, Chermside 7 I. Hamilton, W. Kitchener
IV White (troops in Ladysmith), 8 Howard
  Lyttelton 9 Featherstonehaugh, Pole-
V Warren, Hildyard Carew, C. Douglas
VI Kelly-Kenny 10 Talbot Coke
VII Tucker 11 (Lancashire) Woodgate,
VIII Rundle Wynne, W. Kitchener,
IX Colvile Wynne
X Hunter 12 Clements
XI Pole-Carew 13 C. Knox
Colonial:  Brabant 14 Chermside, Maxwell
                                  15 Wavell
BRIGADES. 16 B. Campbell
                                  17 Boyes
1 (Guards) Cplvile, Pole- 18 Stephenson
  Carew, Inigo Jones 19 Smith Dorrien
2 Hildyard, E. Hamilton 20 Paget
3 (Highland) Wauchope, 21 B. Hamilton
  MacDonald 22 Allen
4 Lyttelton, Norcott, Cooper 23 W. Knox

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