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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
SIEGE OF LADYSMITH, 1899-1900: Letter from Boer soldier
1899, 1966
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
3 items


Name of creator(s)

A J Tapper

Administrative / Biographical history

Letter, written in Afrikaans, by A J Tapper, during the Siege of Ladysmith, Second Boer War, 1899-1900, and acquired by Sgt Dodderidge, who served with the Rifle Bde during the Second Boer War

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Letter was presented to the Library, King's College London, by the family via Brig William Francis Kynaston Thompson and Professor Michael Howard, Department of War Studies, King's College London, 1966

Content & structure

Scope and content

Manuscript letter written in Afrikaans by Boer soldier A J Tapper to the Boethma family, Groenfontein, 7 Nov 1899, detailing Boer attitudes and expectations during the Siege of Ladysmith, Second Boer War, South Africa, with English translation of letter supervised by Brig William Francis Kynaston Thompson, 1966, and correspondence between Thompson and former holder of the letter Mrs L K Dodderidge, widow of Sgt Dodderidge, 1966

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

Afrikaans and English

Finding aids

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

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives



Compiled Oct 1999

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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  • Armed forces
  • Colonial conflicts
  • Colonial countries
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Political systems
  • Second Boer War, 1899-1902
  • State security
  • War
  • Wars (events)

Personal names

  • Tapper, A J, fl 1899-1902, Boer soldier
  • Thompson, William Francis Kynaston, d 1976, Brigadier General

Corporate names

  • Boer Army


  • Groenfontein, South Africa, Southern Africa
  • Ladysmith, Province of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, Southern Africa

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