Battle of Liliefontein

November 7, 1900

by Tod Creasey

The battle of Liliefontein was an attack by the Boer Carolina and Ermelo Commandos on an Imperial column on itís way back to the town of Belfast to re-enforce before proceeding on a campaign against the Boers in the area.

The command was split into a front guard, rear guard and infantry command. The infantry command, which was detailed to protect the baggage was made up of the Shropshires Light and Suffolk Regiments. The front guard was a battery of 12 pounders and a small detachment of Royal Canadian Rifles and the rear guard was a battery of 12 pounders (D Battery), a Colt Machine gun and a small detachment of the Royal Canadian Dragoons.

The Boers, intent on capturing the guns of the rear guard deployed in 3 commands, two as skirmish foot to the right and left with a core of Mounted Infantry in the center who attacked the battery frontally.

The battle ended with the Boers being repulsed by the Dragoons and the battery after they had almost captured the Colt Machine Gun whose barrel had been removed by Sergeant Holland of the Royal Canadian Dragoons.

3 of the 4 Victoria Crosses awarded in this campaign were awarded at Liliefontein to Lieutenants Cockburn and Turner and Sergeant Holland all of the Royal Canadian Dragoons.

Scenario notes

This battle was fought on the edge of a slope and hence the map has 3 levels marked (1, 2 and 3, 3 being the highest). If you have sufficient hills this can be represented by hills on the map but delineating the levels with string might work better. Due to the difficulty of the ground all artillery must move at speed 2.

British Scenario

Boer Scenario