Armoured Train Incident

On the 15th November 1899 Winston Churchill, a war correspondent for the Morning Post persuaded his friend Capt Haldane to let him accompany him on an armoured train on a reconnaissance along the rail line between Estcourt and Colenso. The train reached Chieveley station and returned in reverse order. On the return journey the train was ambushed by Boer Forces and two trucks were derailed. Churchill assisted with the clearing of the line but he and 74 soldiers were captured.

The plaque is next to the road and cemetery is across the railway line. Turn off R103 at old Estcourt road close to N3. There is no on site information and the use of a Guide is recommended to enhance the experience of the site.

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