Extract from "British Commanders in the Transvaal War 1899-1900" published by W.D. & H.O. Wills Ltd:


The editor of Hart's Army List, is now in command of the Fifth Brigade, operating under Sir Redvers Buller in Natal.

He was born in 1844, and educated successively at Cheltenham, Sandhurst, and at the Staff College. Since then he has had a long and varied experience in all parts of the world, always emerging from action with distinction for courage and skill.

During the Ashanti War of 1873, he received "mention." Serving through the Zulu War, 1879, the Boer War of 1881, and the Egyptian War of 1882, his career was a succession of triumphs. At the battle of Tel-el-Kebir he especially exhibited remarkable resource. He served in India for four years, and afterwards was appointed to the command of the First Brigade at Aldershot.

His brigade has been in the hottest fighting in Natal, and was especially so at Colenso in the fall of the year 1899. On February 20th, 1900, during the final and successful advance of the British on Ladysmith, " Hart's Brigade" successfully drove the Boers from Colenso.


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