Earl, despite his period of command having expired, landed at Cape Town
after the Boers attacked Natal in 1899. Lord Dundonald just departed
from England without informing his wife. She had to learn the news from
the Earl’s mother. He left with the Gwrych Castle coachman, Rumph,
his valet and two horses from the Castle’s stables. Lord Dundonald,
on arriving in South Africa, offered his services to Redvers Buller
and was given command of the South Natal Field Force. With this force
he was engaged at Colenso and in early 1900 took command of the 2nd
Cavalry Brigade, with which he took part in the Tugela fighting and
on 28th February entered Ladysmith. Later the same year, he commanded
the combined 3rd Mounted and Natal Volunteer Brigades in the fighting
on the Biggarsberg and at Laing's Nek and in the eastern Transvaal.
When Buller resigned in October 1900 the brigade was broken up and Dundonald
returned to England. For his services in the campaign he was mentioned
in despatches six times and promoted to Lieutenant General.
from "British Commanders in the Transvaal War 1899-1900"
published by W.D. & H.O. Wills Ltd:
has been the object of much attention and admiration during the recent
attempts to relieve Ladysmith, was born in 1852. He can boast of a famous
fighting ancestry, whose excellent traditions he worthily maintains.
After having the full benefit of a good education at Eton, he entered
the 2nd Life Guards in 1870. During the Nile Expedition of 1884-5, Lord
Dundonald was mentioned in despatches.
Recognizing his value as a Cavalry leader, our military authorities
recently appointed him to the command of a cavalry brigade. Acting under
General Buller's orders he has done much useful work towards driving
the Boers from Natal. At the third attempt to relieve Ladysmith he defeated
a strong force of the enemy at Acton Homes. On February 28th, when the
relief was effected, he had the distinction of being the first to enter
the town at the head of the Natal Carabineers and a composite regiment.
In addition to excellence of executive military ability, his powers
of invention have been great. Perhaps the invention which has brought
him into greatest prominence is the " Dundonald galloping gun carriage,"
so serviceable on account of its lightness, great strength and ease
of locomotion over difficult country.