Collection BLAGROVE, HJ - BLAGROVE, Col Henry John (1854-1925)

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BLAGROVE, Col Henry John (1854-1925)


  • 1899-1904 (Creation)

Level of description



1 file

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

General Information

Name of creator


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.

Custodial history

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

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 from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, via the Archives.

Language of material

  • Afrikaans
  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Mainly English, but some items in Afrikaans.

Finding aids

This collection level description.

Related materials

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.

Related descriptions


Decorations: CB, CBE

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Genre access points

Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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