George Kekewich was the second son of Trehawke Kekewich, of Peamore,
Devon. Born on 17th June 1854, he joined the Buffs on 2nd December 1874.
He fought in the Perak expedition of 1875-6, and in the Soudan, 1884-5,
where he gained a brevet majority. He was employed as D.A.A.G. in the
Soudan campaign of 1888, and afterwards as military secretary to the
Commander-in-Chief, Madras, and was engaged in the operations in Burma,
1892-3. He was promoted into the Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) and
commanded the 1st Battalion of that regiment in the South African War.
He commanded the garrison during the siege of Kimberley; received the
rank of brevet-colonel and the C.B., and in August 1902, was specially
promoted major-general. He was appointed colonel of the Buffs on the
5th October 1909. On the outbreak of war in 1914 he was appointed to
the 13th (Western) Division, which he commanded until his death on 5th
November of that year.
from "British Commanders in the Transvaal War 1899-1900"
published by W.D. & H.O. Wills Ltd:
R. G. KEKEWICH.
are many comparatively youthful officers now serving in South Africa
who have gained great fame since October last, of whom not the least
is Colonel Kekewich, the hero of Kimberley. He is one of a well-known
West Country family of Cornish extraction, now settled at Peamore, near
the army in 1874 his admirable qualities of untiring energy, tenacity,
and buoyancy of spirit paved the way to popularity and rapid promotion,
for in a couple of years we find him appointed to the adjutancy of his
regiment —the historical "Buffs." At the age of twenty-one
he saw active service in the Malay Peninsula. In Egypt, during the Nile
Expedition of 1884-5 and at Suakin in 1888, he gained excellent commendation.
to the rank of Lieut.-Colonel of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment,
he was at Kimberley when besieged by the Boers on October 14th, 1899.
With half his own regiment and a small composite garrison he successfully
defended the town for four months, practically improvising means of
defence during the progress of the siege. Relief arrived on February
15th, 1900. For his brilliant services he was promoted to the rank of