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Battle of uThukela (Tugela) Heights

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12-28 February 1900

In a massive combined operation General Buller’s troops fought numerous battles on the south bank of the Thukela River: Cingolo Hill, Monte Cristo, Green Hill, Hlangwane – followed by a series of operations on the north bank – Colenso Koppies, Wynne’s Hills, Inniskilling (Hart’s) Hill, Railway Hill, before finally breaking through the Boer lines at Pieters Ridge opening the way to relieving Ladysmith.

Turn off on road between Colenso/Ladysmith towards Ezakheni/Newcastle. There are numerous military cemeteries in the area, especially below Hart’s Hill and Pieters Ridge.

These sites are not easy to access and there is no on site information so the use of a Guide is recommended to enhance the experience of the site. The sites on the north bank are situated on private property and permission must be obtained before visiting them – especially Wynne Hill, which forms part of a “Big 5” private game reserve.

Places of Interest

Pieter’s Hill Combined Monument

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Pieter’s Hill Combined Monument, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Pieter’s Irish Fusiliers’ Monument

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Pieter’s Irish Fusiliers’ Monument, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Pieter’s British Mass Grave

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Pieter’s British Mass Grave, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Pieter’s Royal Scots Fusiliers Monument

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Pieter’s Royal Scots Fusiliers Monument, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Pieter’s Scots Fusiliers Graves

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Pieter’s Scots Fusiliers Graves, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Pieter’s Boer Graves

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Pieter’s Boer Graves, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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British Infantry Attack

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British Infantry Attack, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Nelthorpe Burgher Memorial

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Nelthorpe Burgher Memorial, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Boer Position on Hart’s Hill

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Boer Position on Hart’s Hill, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Inniskilling Fusiliers Monument

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Inniskilling Fusiliers Monument, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Inniskilling Graves Hart’s Hill

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Inniskilling Graves Hart’s Hill, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Connaught Rangers’ Monument Hart’s Hill

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Connaught Rangers’ Monument Hart’s Hill, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Dublin Fusiliers 4 Battles Monument

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Dublin Fusiliers 4 Battles Monument, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Pom Pom Bridge

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Pom Pom Bridge, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Tugela Falls

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Tugela Falls, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Boer Trench on Railway Hill

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Boer Trench on Railway Hill, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Railway Hill Lancashire Regt Monument

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Railway Hill Lancashire Regt. Monument, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Railway Hill Graves (Double)

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Railway Hill Graves, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Railway Hill Graves (Single)

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Railway Hill Graves, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Inniskilling Fusiliers’ Cemetery

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Inniskilling Fusiliers’ Cemetery, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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Somerset Light Infantry Monument Wynne’s Hills

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Somerset Light Infantry Monument Wynne’s Hills, Thukela Heights, Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal

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