from "British Commanders in the Transvaal War 1899-1900"
published by W.D. & H.O. Wills Ltd:
of "Khartoum" fame, was born in 1850. After a military education
at Woolwich he entered the Royal Engineers in 1871, and has since become
one of our most distinguished Generals, his determination and powers
of administration being his predominant characteristics. After serving
in the Soudan Campaigns of 1883-5 and 1888-9, he was appointed to the
supreme command of the Egyptian Army in 1890. His career in Egypt was
an unbroken succession of triumphs, crowned by a brilliant victory at
Omdurman, where Mandism received its death blow at his hands. He was
present at the re-capture of Khartoum, for which distinction he was
raised to the peerage, and received other honours.
In December, 1899, upon Lord Roberts' appointment in South Africa, Lord
Kitchener was called from the Soudan to become Chief-of-Staff, and has
demonstrated to the English nation his great qualities of generalship
by his share in the remarkable British success of Majuba Day, February
27th, when General Cronje and 4,600 Boers laid down their arms at Paardeberg.