from "British Commanders in the Transvaal War 1899-1900"
published by W.D. & H.O. Wills Ltd:
few officers now on the active list have gained such experience in both
regimental duty, and high staff appointments as Lieut.-General Kelly-Kenny,
who is commanding the Sixth Division in South Africa.
Born in 1840, and entering the 2nd Queen's in 1858, he was distinctly
fortunate in doing service two years later in China. In the Abyssinian
Expedition of 1867-8, he was in command of a division of the transport
train, and received " mention " in despatches. Since then
he has filled many responsible home appointments.
Upon the Boer War assuming a graver aspect Lieut.-General Kelly-Kenny
and his staff left Southampton, December 23rd, 1899, in company with
Lord Roberts. Arriving on January 10th, he proceeded to the North of
Cape Colony to co-operate with the forces of Generals French and Gatacre.
It was soon evident that he was about to play an important part in Lord
Roberts' new plan of action, for on February 15th he had taken up General
French's position, leaving the latter free to accomplish the movement
which led to the memorable relief of Kimberley the same evening.
Lieut.-General Kelly-Kenny's Brigade had developed a remarkable power
of mobility, so much so that it succeeded in pursuing the Boer Army
retreating towards Bloemfontein, and in capturing a large convoy of
78 wagons. Continuing the pursuit, General Cronje's army of 5,000 was
brought to bay at Koodoosrand, and after desperate resistance, was compelled
to unconditionally surrender on February 28th.
As a result of his splendid assistance, he may certainly claim to rank
as one of our ablest generals.