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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Blagrove H J
BLAGROVE, Col Henry John (1854-1925)
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Name of creator(s)
Blagrove, Henry John, 1854-1925, Colonel
Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1854; educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford; entered 13 Hussars, 1875; served in East Indies, 1875-1878, 1879-1880, 1881-1882 and in Afghanistan, 1880-1881; attached to 19 Hussars and served as orderly officer in 1 Cavalry Brigade during Egyptian Expedition, 1882; engaged in action at Kassassin and Battle of Tel-el-Kebir and took part in march to, and occupation of Cairo; Capt, 1883; Maj, 1890; Lt Col, 1896; commanded 13 Hussars, 1896-1901; served in South Africa, 1899-1901; present at the Relief of Ladysmith, including actions at Colenso, Spion Kop, Vaal Kranz, and Pieters Hill, 1900, and served during operations in the Transvaal, 1900-1901, and Orange River Colony, 1901; Brevet Col, 1900; Commandant, POW camp, Leigh, 1915-1917; died in 1925.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Copies made by the Centre in 1984 from originals loaned by the family.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Copies of papers relating to his service in the Boer War, 1899-1901, notably two letters from E A Wiggin, giving an account of operations around Greylingstad, July 1900, sketches and notes on scenes of action, [1900], including Spion Kop; notes by way of transcript of statements of witnesses, including Kriegler himself, in the trial of S G Kriegler, a Boer spy, [1899-1901], war news bulletins published by the Boers, 1899-1900, two letters to Col Blagrove from Lt C E Jenkins, a prisoner in Piet Retief Jail, 1900, and printed minutes of Burgher Peace Committee meeting, 20 Dec 1900.

System of arrangement

1 file

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
Mainly English, but some items in Afrikaans.
Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives
Related units of description

The Centre also holds the papers of Blagrove's son, Capt Peter Blagrove (GB99 KCLMA Blagrove P), and those of his daughter-in-law, Superintendent Edith Gordon Blagrove (Lady Brind) (GB99 KCLMA Blagrove E G). Canterbury Museum holds papers relating to the Boer War, 1899-1902.

Publication note
Canterbury Museum holds papers relating to the Boer war, 1899-1902.



Decorations: CB, CBE

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Crime
  • Espionage
  • International conflicts
  • Second Boer War, 1899-1902
  • War
  • Wars (events)

Personal names

  • Blagrove, Henry John, 1854-1925, Colonel
  • Blagrove, Henry John, 1854-1925, Colonel
  • Jenkins, Charles E, fl 1899-1900, Lieutenant
  • Kriegler, S G, fl 1899-1901, Boer spy
  • Wiggin, Edgar Askin, 1867-1939, Brigadier General


  • Greylingstad, South Africa, Southern Africa
  • Piet Retief, South Africa, Southern Africa
  • Spion Kop, South Africa, Southern Africa

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