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HAMILTON, Gen Sir Ian Standish Monteith (1853-1947)

Operational correspondence of staff of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, Feb 1900-Jul 1900

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HAMILTON: 2/5/1

1900 Feb 14-1900 May 16

Correspondence of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter as General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, (mainly manuscript office copies of telegrams, returns, and memoranda with some original incoming telegrams) mostly relating to correspondence with 5 Bde and 6 Bde, including names of officers commanding units in 5 Bde, 16 March; papers relating to Courts of Inquiry on losses of arms and equipment in action; papers relating to Field General Courts Martial of Driver George Chapman, 27 Company, Army Service Corps, 15 Mar, and Gunner Alfred Haram Diggines, 28 Battery, Royal Field Artillery, 28 Mar; details of troops and horses embarking at Cape Town for Natal; report of Maj Edmond Townsend, Principal Medical Officer, 10 Div, on health of men, prevalence of disease and admissions to hospitals, 2 Apr; plans of graves and register of burials at 5 Bde and 6 Bde Field Hospitals, Thornhill Camp, Ladysmith, 5 Mar-7 Apr; returns of casualties incurred at Rooidam, Transvaal, 5 May; list of men in 1 Bn Border Regt, 9 May; reports on movement of 10 Div on Christiana, Transvaal, 14-16 May. 1 file


HAMILTON: 2/5/2

1900 Mar 7-1900 Apr 7

Volume of carbon copies of telegrams, nos 1-183, dispatched by staff of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, including to Maj Gen Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Baron Kitchener of Khartoum and Aspall, Chief of Staff, South Africa, on state of supplies of 6 Bde, 16 Mar; to Kitchener, requesting permission to transfer enteric fever casualties to hospital, 21 Mar; to General Officer Commanding 6 Bde, notifying him of dispatch of ambulances to move a field hospital, 3 Apr. 1 vol


HAMILTON: 2/5/3

1900 Mar 8-1900 May 14

Telegrams received by staff of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, including from Maj Gen Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Baron Kitchener of Khartoum and Aspall, Chief of Staff, South Africa, ordering 6 Bde to escort four naval guns to Elandslaagte, Natal, 11 Mar; from Intelligence HQ, Capetown, with daily news bulletin, 13 Mar, reporting peace proposals made by Boer leaders and defeat of Boer forces by FM Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Baron Roberts of Kandahar and Waterford, Commander in Chief South Africa at the battle of Driefontein (10 Mar); from Principal Medical Officer, Natal Army, proposing to send a field hospital to Hydes Farm, Ladysmith to relieve 5 Bde field hospital, 31 Mar; from Kitchener, informing that 4 Div were to assume the scouting duties of 10 Div at Modderspruit camp, 2 Apr. With separate notebook index to telegrams. 1 file, 1 notebook


HAMILTON: 2/5/4

1900 Apr 1-1900 Oct 26

Register of received and dispatched documents from the offices of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, 1 Apr-14 Jul, and Hamilton, Commanding Officer, Hamilton's Force, 14 Jul-26 Oct (indexed). 1 vol


HAMILTON: 2/5/5

1900 Apr 7-1900 May 13

Volume of carbon copies of telegrams, nos 184-369, dispatched by staff of General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, including to Maj Gen Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Baron Kitchener of Khartoum and Aspall, Chief of Staff, South Africa, 6 May, giving details of 10 Div casualties at battle of Rooidam (5 May); to Col Sir Charles Sim Bremridge Parsons, Assistant Inspector General Lines of Communication, requesting he arrange transport for five companies of Royal Dublin Fusiliers to move from Barkly West, Cape Colony, 8 May; to Lt Gen Sir Frederick William Edward Forestier Forestier-Walker, Commanding Lines of Communication, South Africa, requesting dispatch of six inch shrapnel shells, 10 May. 1 vol


HAMILTON: 2/5/6

1900 Apr 17-1900 May 7

Correspondence of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter as General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, mainly relating to the advance of 10 Div from Warrenton to Fourteen Streams, Cape Colony, 6 May, including incoming and outgoing telegrams, and manuscript copies of orders for the move, 30 Apr and 6 May. With manuscript copy of memorandum from Maj Gen George Henry Marshall, Commanding Officer Royal Artillery, on move of Maxim gun sections from Stellenbosch to Kimberley, Cape Colony, 17 Apr. 1 file


HAMILTON: 2/5/7

1900 Apr 20-1900 Apr 30

Telegrams received and dispatched by staff of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, including to Maj Gen Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Baron Kitchener of Khartoum and Aspall, Chief of Staff, South Africa, reporting lack of Principal Medical Officer and bearer company, and seeking permission to commandeer ambulances and carts, 26 Apr; from Military Secretary, HQ, ordering six inch gun and crew to be left for use at Warrenton, Cape Colony, 29 Apr. With daily indexes. 1 file


HAMILTON: 2/5/8

1900 Apr 22-1900 Oct 14

Telegrams, mainly received by the Deputy Assistant Adjutant General to Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, and to Hamilton, Commanding Officer, Hamilton's Force, in relation to supplies, transport and animals for operations in the Transvaal. With telegram from FM Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Baron Roberts of Kandahar and Waterford, Commander in Chief South Africa, reporting his occupation of Pretoria, 5 Jun. 1 file


HAMILTON: 2/5/9

1900 Apr 23-1900 Jun 29

Correspondence of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter as General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, (mainly manuscript office copies of telegrams, returns, and memoranda with some original incoming telegrams), including copy of letter from J Joubert, Mayor of Christiana, Transvaal, offering the surrender of the town, with Hunter's reply, 16-17 May; list of appointments of officers to staff of 10 Div, 22 May; bulletin from Director of Military Intelligence warning of perceived threat by Boer forces poisoning water supplies and mining roads, 4 May; report of Maj Gen Geoffry Barton, on advance of his 6 Bde from Christiana to Schlaapfontein, 18 May; daily return of sick troops of 10 Div, 25 May; inventory and plan of magazine at Heidelburg, Transvaal, 30 Jun; field state returns for 10 Div, showing numbers of men fit for duty or sick, animals, vehicles and artillery, 25 Apr-29 Jun. 1 file


HAMILTON: 2/5/10

1900 May 1-1900 May 22

Telegrams received by Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, including from Maj Gen Arthur Henry Paget, reporting the advance of his 20 Bde on Boer forces near Warrenton, Cape Colony, 5 May; from FM Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Baron Roberts of Kandahar and Waterford, Commander in Chief South Africa, reporting his capture of Kroonstad, Orange River Colony, 13 May; from Military Secretary, HQ, enquiring on the behaviour of Hunter's troops in Vryburg district following Boer allegations of property destruction, wanton slaughter of animals, and ill treatment of the sick, 18 May; from Maj Gen Geoffry Barton, commanding 6 Bde, reporting the entry of the column of Brig Gen Bryan Thomas Mahon into Mafeking, 21 May. With daily indexes. 1 file


HAMILTON: 2/5/11

1900 May 13-1900 May 27

Volume of carbon copies of telegrams, nos 370-527, dispatched by staff of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, including to FM Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Baron Roberts of Kandahar and Waterford, Commander in Chief South Africa, on his advance to Christiana, Transvaal, and estimates of strength of Boer forces entrenched there, 15 May; to Maj Gen Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Baron Kitchener of Khartoum and Aspall, Chief of Staff, South Africa, with field state report of 10 Div, 19 May; to Casualty Office, Capetown, 25 May, with casualty list from engagement with Boer forces outside Mafeking (16 May). 1 vol


HAMILTON: 2/5/12

1900 May 17-1900 Jun 18

Letter book of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, containing carbon copies of letters and telegrams from Hunter with some incoming telegrams, including letter to Maj Gen Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Baron Kitchener of Khartoum and Aspall, Chief of Staff, notifying him of officers who rendered valuable service to the transport logistics of the flying column of Brig Gen Bryan Thomas Mahon, 22 May; telegram to Maj Gen Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell at Mafeking, requesting release of Mahon's transport to assist in protection of railways, 26 May; letter to Kitchener, 7 Jun, enclosing report by Mahon, 23 May, on the operations and progress of his flying column from Barkly West to relieve Mafeking, 4-17 May; letter from Hunter to commander of Boer forces in Krugersdorp, Transvaal, demanding the surrender of his troops and the town, 18 Jun. 1 vol


HAMILTON: 2/5/13

1900 May 21-1900 May 31

Telegrams received by staff of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, including from Maj Gen Geoffry Barton, reporting the entry of his 6 Bde into Vryburg, Cape Colony, 23 May; from Maj Gen Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 26 May, with casualty list from engagement outside Mafeking (16 May); from Director of Military Intelligence, on the occupation by British forces of Elandsfontein, with capture of locomotives and rolling stock, and estimates of Boer forces between Senekal and Bethlehem, Orange River Colony 29 May. With manuscript letter, 21 May, from Barton, reporting his entry into Taungs, Cape Colony. With daily indexes. 1 file


HAMILTON: 2/5/14

1900 May 27-1900 Jun 4

Volume of carbon copies of telegrams, nos 528-643, dispatched by staff of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, including to Maj Gen Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Baron Kitchener of Khartoum and Aspall, Chief of Staff, South Africa, with field state report of 10 Div, 27 May; to FM Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Baron Roberts of Kandahar and Waterford, Commander in Chief South Africa, relaying message from Maj Gen Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell on the withdrawal of Boer forces to Lichtenburg, Transvaal, and the escape of British subjects from Zeerust jail, 28 May; to Sir Alfed Milner, High Commissioner, reporting his occupation of Lichtenburg and the looting of Boer farms by native Africans, 2 Jun. 1 vol


HAMILTON: 2/5/15

1900 Jun 1-1900 Jun 18

File of telegrams received by staff of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, including from Maj Gen Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, reporting surrender of Polfontein and Ottoshoop, Western Transvaal, advance of Lt Col Herbert Charles Onslow Plumer to Zeerust, and opening of supply routes to Mafeking, 1 Jun; from Maj Gen Geoffry Barton, commanding 6 Bde, on the looting of Boer farms by native Africans and on the shooting of looters by British troops, 2 Jun; from Brig Gen Bryan Thomas Mahon and Intelligence, 10 Div, on Mahon's capture of Potchefstroom, Western Transvaal, and estimated location of Boer Gen Christiaan Rudolph De Wet, 10 Jun; from FM Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Baron Roberts of Kandahar and Waterford, Commander in Chief South Africa, on his engagement with forces under Boer Gen Louis Botha east of Pretoria (battle of Diamond Hill), the destruction of the railway near Rhenoster Bridge and capture of British artillery battery by forces under De Wet, 13 Jun. With daily indexes. 1 file


HAMILTON: 2/5/16

1900 Jun 4-1900 Jun 8

Carbon copies of telegrams, nos 644-691, dispatched by staff of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, including to Maj Gen Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell on his request for additional officers, 6 Jun; to Maj Gen Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Baron Kitchener of Khartoum and Aspall, Chief of Staff, South Africa, on state of his rations and supplies at Potchefstroom, Western Transvaal, 6 Jun; to Commanding Officer, Fourteen Streams, giving form of words for receipt of arms from Boer commandos and oath of no further armed participation, 6 Jun. 1 notebook


HAMILTON: 2/5/17

1900 Jun 4-1900 Jun 9

Carbon copies of telegrams, nos 001-040, dispatched by staff of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, Western Transvaal, including to Maj Gen Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Baron Kitchener of Khartoum and Aspall, Chief of Staff, South Africa, Col Sir Charles Sim Bremridge Parsons, Assistant Inspector General Lines of Communication, Maj Gen Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell and others, on the deployment of 10 Div around Ventersdorp, Lichtenburg and Potchefstroom, and on garrison strengths for occupation of Christiana and Bloemhof, 5 Jun; to Baden-Powell, informing him of seizure of Kroonstad by Boer Gen Christiaan Rudolph De Wet, 9 Jun. 1 notebook


HAMILTON: 2/5/18

1900 Jun 8-1900 Jun 15

Carbon copies of telegrams, nos 691-738, dispatched by staff of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, including request to Brig Gen Bryan Thomas Mahon, commanding 10 Div cavalry, to arrange a train for 800 troops to leave Frederikstad for Potchefstroom, Western Transvaal, 12 Jun; to Maj Gen Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Baron Kitchener of Khartoum and Aspall, Chief of Staff, South Africa, with field state report of 10 Div, 14 Jun; to Maj Gen Arthur Fitzroy Hart, commanding 5 Bde, requesting a Royal Engineers' balloon section and ammunition column, 14 Jun. 1 notebook


HAMILTON: 2/5/19

1900 Jun 9-1900 Jun 21

Carbon copies of telegrams, nos 041-069, dispatched by staff of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, Western Transvaal, including to Maj Gen Arthur Fitzroy Hart, commanding 5 Bde, informing him of defeats of forces under Boer Gen Louis Botha at Donkerspruit, Eastern Transvaal, and under Boer Gen Christiaan Rudolph De Wet at Heuningspruit, Orange River Colony, (049 no date); to FM Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Baron Roberts of Kandahar and Waterford, Commander in Chief South Africa, reporting his destruction of surrendered rifles and impounding of horses at Ventersdorp, Lichtenburg and Klerksdorp, (052 no date). 1 notebook


HAMILTON: 2/5/20

1900 Jun 15-1900 Jun 23

Carbon copies of telegrams, nos 739-778, dispatched by staff of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, including to Maj Gen Arthur Fitzroy Hart, commanding 5 Bde, ordering the route of his advance from Frederikstad to Johannesburg, 15 Jun; to Maj Gen Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Baron Kitchener of Khartoum and Aspall, Chief of Staff, South Africa, with field state report of 10 Div, 21 Jun; to Maj Gen Geoffry Barton, commanding 6 Bde, ordering his march on Krugersdorp, Western Transvaal, 21 Jun. 1 notebook


HAMILTON: 2/5/21

1900 Jun 19-1900 Jun 30

Telegrams received by staff of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, including from Maj Gen Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, on surrender of Boers at Rustenburg, Western Transvaal, 19 Jun; from Director of Military Intelligence, Pretoria, and Distict Commissioner's Intelligence Office, Kroonstad, reporting attack on British garrison at Heuningspruit, Orange River Colony, by detachment of forces under Boer Gen Christiaan Rudolph De Wet, 22 Jun; from FM Frederick Sleigh Roberts, 1st Baron Roberts of Kandahar and Waterford, Commander in Chief South Africa, ordering Hunter to assume command of Hamilton's column at Heidelburg and to ensure Maj Gen Hector Archibald MacDonald prevents loss of communication between Heilbron and Wolwehoek, Orange River Colony, 25 Jun. With daily indexes. 1 file


HAMILTON: 2/5/22

1900 Jun 21-1900 Jun 26

Carbon copies of telegrams, nos 070-080, dispatched by Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, Western Transvaal, including to Sir Alfred Milner, High Commissioner, reporting his deployment of Cape Police at Schweizer-Reneke and Vryburg to suppress cattle raiding, 21 Jun; to Maj Gen Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Baron Kitchener of Khartoum and Aspall, Chief of Staff, South Africa, on the appointment of provisional civil governments in Ventersdorp, Lichtenburg and Klerksdorp, 21 Jun; to Maj Gen Hector Archibald McDonald, commanding 3Bde, on Hunter assuming command of Hamilton's force due to Hamilton's fractured collar bone, 26 Jun. 1 notebook


HAMILTON: 2/5/23

1900 Jun 23-1900 Jul 2

Carbon copies of telegrams, nos 779-820, dispatched by staff of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, including to Maj Gen Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Baron Kitchener of Khartoum and Aspall, Chief of Staff, South Africa, with field state report of 10 Div, 26 Jun; to Maj Gen Horace Lockwood Smith-Dorrien, commanding 19 Bde, requesting unit to protect railway bridge at Riet Vlei, near Heidelburg, Transvaal, 26 Jun; to Director of Military Intelligence, Pretoria, reporting state of communications between Heidelburg and Zuikerbosch Rand River, 28 Jun. 1 notebook


HAMILTON: 2/5/24

1900 Jul 2

Carbon copies of two telegrams, nos 821-822, dispatched by staff of Lt Gen Sir Archibald Hunter, General Officer Commanding 10 Div, South African Field Force, to Paymaster, Capetown, and Lt Col of 4 Bn Somerset Light Infantry, East London, Cape Colony. 1 unfinished notebook

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