from "British Commanders in the Transvaal War 1899-1900"
published by W.D. & H.O. Wills Ltd:
SIR CHARLES WARREN,
is doing such fine work under General Sir Redvers Buller in Natal, is
an extremely prudent, cautious and accomplished soldier. He is 60 years
of age. Fortunate in securing a splendid military education, he entered
the army in 1857. His exceptional intellectual abilities were brought
into play in the Survey of Gibraltar, 1861-65, and again in 1867-1870,
when conducting the Excavations at Jerusalem and Reconnaissance of Palestine.
The accounts of this Expedition are contained in publications written
by himself a few years later, which are considered of great importance.
Since then he has seen many fields of active service, a great proportion
of time being spent in African disputes, the more prominent of these
being the Kaffir War of 1878 and the Bechuanaland Expedition of 1884-5,
when his admirable organization gained him great distinction.
Appointed to the command of the Fifth Division of the Army Corps in
South Africa, he left Southampton on November 24th, 1899, joining General
Buller at Chieveley Camp early in January. Apart from the fact that
the position afterwards proved untenable, his capture of Spion Kop on
January 24th brilliantly demonstrated his power of conception and execution.
At the last, and successful attempt to relieve Ladysmith, Sir Charles
Warren conducted the assault of the enemy's main position, successfully
carrying it after eleven days hard fighting.