Tag: Grahamstown

Charles Herbert Mullins VC, CMG.

Charles Herbert Mullins (28/06/1869 – 24/05/1916) along with Captain Robert Johnston was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Battle of Elandslaagte on 21st October, 1899. 

The Citation, recorded by the London Gazette of Issue: 27283, Page: 1059, reads:

“Imperial Light Horse, Captains C. H. Mullins and R. Johnstone.

On the 21st October, 1899, at Elandslaagte, at a most critical moment, the advance being omentarily checked by a very severe fire at point blank range, these two Officers very gallantly rushed forward under this heavy fire and rallied the men, thus enabling the flanking movement, which decided the day, to be carried out. On this occasion Captain Mullins was wounded.”

Charles Herbert Mullins VC died on Empire Day 1916 (24 May 1916), and is buried in Grahamstown Old Cemetery. 

The grave of Major CH Mullins VC.

The grave of Major CH Mullins VC.



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Updated: 05/01/2020 — 13:58

Battle of Congella Monument

This monument to the Battle of Congella, was brought to my attention by James Houston-McMillan in 2013, who provided the photographs. It is situated near Maydon Wharf in Durban at  Google Earth co-ordinates: 29° 52.796′ S 30° 59.802′ E.

The now almost forgotten Battle between Brit and Boer led to many historical events in the fledgling Port Natal,  including the historic ride by Dick King to Grahamstown to get help for the beleaguered British at Port Natal. And while I do know whether this site is where this battle occurred, It could be that there is another memorial in the area related to the incident.
Dick King is buried at St James Isipingo Anglican Church.
The grave of Dick King
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Updated: 05/01/2018 — 07:45
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