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“The Platrand is a long hill on the south side of the town. It was a critical section in the town’s defences. The soldiers christened the east end Caesar’s Camp and the West end Wagon Hill after features at Aldershot. The British built a number of defensive features all along the mainly north (rear slope) of the Hill the largest being Manchester fort about midway along.

In the early hours of the 6th January 1900 the Boers mounted attacks at both Caesar’s Camp and Wagon Hill and a desperate battle ensued until around 17h00 when in a blinding rain and hail storm the Devons mounted a bayonet charge over almost 100m of open ground to finally dislodge the Boers from Wagon Hill”

Places of Interest

Caesar’s Camp

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Caesar’s Camp, Platrand, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal

01 | 6th Jan 1900 Around 2h45 on the 6th January 1900 the Heidelberg Kommando stormed the eastern end of the Read More →

1st Battalion Manchester Regt Monument at Caesar’s Camp

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1st Battalion Manchester Regt Monument at Caesar’s Camp, Platrand, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal

02 | 6th Jan 1900 This monument is in memory of the men who were killed in the action here on Read More →

Manchester Regt Graves at Caesar’s Camp

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150 Christy Place, Ladysmith 3370, South Africa

03 | 6th Jan 1900 Mass graves of men who were killed in the action here on 6th January 1900.

Royal Rifles Graves at Caesar’s Camp

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Royal Rifles Graves at Caesar’s Camp, Platrand, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal

04 | 6th Jan 1900 Mass graves of men who were killed in the action here on 6th January 1900.

Rifle Brigade Monument

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Rifle Brigade Monument, Platrand, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal

05 | 6th Jan 1900 This monument is in memory of the men who were killed in the action here on Read More →

The Burgher Monument

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The Burgher Monument, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal

06 | In the middle of the Platrand overlooking Ladysmith is the Burgher Memorial. Unveiled in 1979 in honour of Read More →

Manchester Fort on Platrand

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Manchester Fort, Platrand, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal

07 | 6th Jan 1900 "The largest of the forts built along the Platrand, Manchester Fort is about midway along the Read More →

Wagon Hill on Platrand

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Wagon Hill, Platrand, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal

08 | 6th Jan 1900 Around 2:45 am on the 6th January Free State Commandos, led by Zacharias de Jager attacked Read More →

Wagon Point on Platrand

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Wagon Point, Platrand, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal

09 | 6th Jan 1900 Around midday Commandant de Villiers and his men attacked the gun position at Wagon Point, trying Read More →

Wagon Hill Cemetery on Platrand

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Wagon Hill Cemetery, Platrand, Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal

10 | 6th Jan 1900 "This lovely cemetery contains most of the British soldiers that were killed in the Battle of Read More →
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