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Hadley Park, Salop ; was educated at Welling-
ton Coll., and joined the 2nd Batt. Royal Scots
Fusiliers, Feb. 22, 1879, becoming Capt. in
1887, Maj. in 1899, Lieut.-Col. in 1900, and
full Col. in 1902. He acted as D.A.A.G. in
Natal from Sept. 16, 1899, to Oct. 16, 1899,
when he was selected for special service until
the end of 1901. Col. Thorneycroft has seen
much active service in S.A., beginning with the
operations in 1879-81, including the Zulu
Campaign, attack and capture of Sekukuni's
kraal (medal with clasp), and the first Trans-
vaal campaign and siege of Pretoria. In the
S.A. War of 1899-1902 he raised and com-
manded that smart body of men known as
Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry, who ren-
dered such a good account of themselves. He
took part in the relief of Ladysmith, the actions
at Colenzo, Spion Kop, Vaal Kranz, Tugela
Heights, Pieter's Hill and Laing's Nek. In the
latter half of 1900 he operated in the Eastern
Transvaal, and subsequently commanded a
mobile column and group of columns in the
Transvaal, O.R.C. and C.C. (despatches, medals
and clasps, and C.B.). Col. Thorneycroft re-
ceived his present appointment as A.A.G.,
7th Div. of the 3rd Army Corps, Nov. 12, 1902.

He is fond of shooting and rackets, and
married, on June 20, 1903, Mrs. Burrard Crozier,
dau. of the late Major J. W. Percy, and cousin
of Sir Maurice FitzGerald, Bart., Knt. of Kerry.

of the Army and Navy Club, is the son of the
late Benjamin Kaye Tidswell. He was born
in 1862 at Birkdale, Lancashire, and was
educated at Harrow. Entering the 2nd Lan-
cashire Fusiliers in 1882 he was promoted
Capt. in 1891, and Maj. 1890. He served with
the Nile Expedition in 1898, being present at
the battle of Khartoum, receiving the Queen's



and Khedive's medals with clasp. On the
Boer War breaking out he went to S.A., serving
from 1899 to 1902, receiving the Queen's medal
with five clasps, and the King's medal with
two clasps. He was also mentioned in des-
patches, and obtained his D.S.O. In 1903 he
was appointed Commander of the Lagos Batt.
West African Frontier Force. He married, in
1902, Miss Ella Pilcher, dau. of the late Thomas
Webb Pilcher, of Harrow and Rome.

TOD, C. E., M.L.A., represents the electoral
division of Griqualand East in the Progressive
interest in the Cape House of Assembly, to
which he was returned in 1904.

(1878), of 24, Cathcart Road, S. Kensington,
100, Victoria Street, Westminster, and the
Royal Societies' Club, was born at Dresden,
Aug. 28, 1840, is the youngest son of the late
CoL Geo. Todd (3rd Dragoon Guards) by
daughter of the late Sir Egerton Brydges, Bart.,
was educated at Blochmann's Gymnasium,
Dresden, and at the Imperial Lyceum, W. Omer.
He accompanied the late Rt. Hon. Sir Geo.
Grey, K.C.B., to the Cape of Good Hope in
1860, and entered the civil service there. Served
in the Colonial Secy's office, C.T., and in
the C.C. and R.M.'s offices at Swellendam
and Robertson, and again at Swellendam until
1874, when he returned to Cape Town, where
he successively served in the Colonial Railway
Engineer's office, the G.P.O., and the Treasury,
where as Secy, to a Special Commission
he detected a deficiency of over 50,000. On
the introduction of the Appropriation Audit
he became Accountant in the Prime Minister's
Dept., and subsequently acted as Accounting
Officer thereof. In 1878 was sent as the Colony's
Executive Commissioner to the Universal Ex-
hibition in Paris, and there served on the Inter-
national Jury. On his return to the Cape he
served with Sir Henry White, and Messrs.
Gordon and Lawson on a mixed Committee
to determine the division between the Imperial
and Colonial Govts. of the Transkei War ex-
penditure of 1877-8.

In 1881 he proceeded on special service to Kim -
berley, to adjust the accounts of the then
recently annexed province of Griqualand West.
This accomplished, he was there detained till
the end of the year to act as C.C. of Kimberley
and Provincial Registrar of Deeds, and to report
on the state of the several Public Departments
there. On his return to Cape Town he acted

as Asst.-Comr. and Permanent Head of the
Dept. of Crown Lands and Public Works ; and,
on the return of the incumbent of that office,
was retained in the Dept. as Financial Secy,
till the end of Aug. 1882, when he was selected
to fill the post of Secy, to the newly created
Cape of Good Hope Agency in London.

Mr. Todd is by Commission authorized to
act as Agent-General in the event of the death,
disability or absence of the incumbent for the
time being, and has very repeatedly so acted
since 1886, notably during the late Sir Charles
Mills' absence at the Ottawa Conference in
1894, and after his death, from March 1895 to
March 1896. He was one of the Cape of Good
Hope delegates at the Universal Postal Con-
ference, held at Washington in 1897, and be-
tween 1879 and 1882 was French Examiner
to the Cape of Good Hope Univ. He is
author of " The Resident Magistrate at the
Cape of Good Hope " (1882), and of a " Handy
Guide to Laws and Regulations at the Cape
of Good Hope," published in London in 1887.
Mr. Todd married, March 13, 1865, Susan
Margaret, eldest dau. of the late Baron Goert
van-Reere-van-Oudtshoorn, some time C.C.
and R.M. of Swellendam, and later of Stellen-
bosch, Cape Coloii5 r .

M.I.C.E., of Cairo, and of the Isthmian (Lond.),
Khedivial, Sporting and Turf (Cairo) Clubs,
was born Feb. 21, 1852. He is son of Francis
Trevithick (Chief Mechanical Engineer of the
L. and N.W. Railway) and of Mary Ewart, and
grandson of Richard Trevithick, the inventor ;
was educated at Cheltenham Coll. and received
his early training on the G.W. Railway. In
1883 he was appointed Chief Mechanical En-
gineer to the Egyptian State Railways, and
in the following year was sent by the Govt.
to Russia to report on the petroleum industry.
In 1896 he went to India to report on the rail-
way system there, and in 1900 he was sent to
Canada and the U.S.A. for the same purpose.
His reports have in each case been published.
Mr. Trevithick has been decorated with the
Orders of the Osmanieh (3rd class) and the
Medjidieh (2nd and 3rd class). He married,
Nov. 19, 1896, Henrietta Kate Cornford, M.D.
Brux., L.R.C.P. Edin., L.R.C.S. Edin., L.F.P.
and S. Glasgow, A. A. Oxford, dau. of the
Rev. E. Cornford, M.A.

TUCKER, CHARLES, of Enquabeni, near
Harding, Natal, where he is a native labour



agent, was well known as a sprinter until in
1903 he was accidentally shot in the groin so
badly as to preclude his continuing to run.


of Fletching, Sussex ; Arundel, Sussex ; Warley,
Common, Highlands, Natal ; and of the Royal
Colonial Institute, and Victoria Club, Maritz-
burg ; was born at Fletching, July 29, 1 834 ;
was educated at Christ's Hospital and at Dr.
Butler's Sch., Brighton. He married, Feb.

15, 1866, Harriette Julia, younger dau. of Rev.

Chas. W. Stocker, D.D., of Draycott Rectory,

near Cheadle, Staffs.

of Dr. G. Turner, Principal Medical Officer of
Health for the Transvaal, was for a short time
acting Medical Officer of Health at Johannes-
burg. He was appointed Additional District
Surgeon and Additional Port Health Officer
for Cape Town in 1902.

L.R.C.S.I., and L.M. Rotunda Hospital ; S.M.O.
of the Gold Coast Colony ; of the Rotunda
Hospital, Dublin ; and of the Friendly Brothers
and Sports Club, was born at Dublin in 1886 ;
is the youngest son of John Johnston Tweedy,
solicitor, of Dublin ; was educated at Wesley
Coll., Dublin, and the Carmichael Sch. of
Medicine. After serving from 1892 to 1896
as surgeon under the Cunard SS. Co., he became
House Surgeon at St. Mark's Ophthalmic Hos-
pital in 1896 ; joined the W. African Medical
Service in 1897, and served with Lieut.-Col.
Northcott in the Northern Territories, being
mentioned in despatches and receiving the
medal and clasp. He was also present during
the siege of Kumasi in 1901 (despatches, medal
and clasp). Unmarried.

a distinguished record as a diplomat, especially
as Portuguese Consul at Shanghai. He suc-
ceeded Senhor Cinatti as Consul-General for
Portugal in the Transvaal in 1902.

VAN CAMPEN, CAPT., joined Bethune's
Mounted Infantry as a trooper, and went all
through the Boer War with that regt, having
reached the rank of Capt. on its disband-
ment. He was appointed Supt. of the Repa-
triation Department at Middleburg in 1902.

VAN DEN HEEVER, HON. D. P., of Karee-

fontein, Venterstad, C.C., was born in 183S.
He was for over ten years member of the Divi-
sional Council, was until recently a member of
the Cape Legislative Council for the North-East
Circle, and was leader of the Anti-Scab Act
agitation in 1895.

M.L.A., represents the electoral division of
Clanwilliam hi the Cape Parliament, to which
he was last re-elected in 1904. He is a member
of the Afrikander Bond.

was born in the Swellendam Division in 1846,
and is a successful agriculturist and stock-
farmer, owning nearly 30,000 morgen. He
was a member of the Cape Legislative Assembly
in 1887-8 for Swellendam, and from 1891
until recently sat in the Legislative Council
as member for the South- West Circle. He is
an elder of the D.R. Church, and member of
the Divisional Council.

member of the Cape Legislative Assembly for
Uitenhage, for which electoral division he
was last returned in Feb., 1904. He supports
the Progressive party.

M.L.A., of Tarkastad, C.C., is a promi-
nent and progressive farmer in the Eastern
Province. He has been for many years a
representative for Cradock in the Cape Legis-
lative Assembly, to which he was last returned
in 1904. He supports the Bond party, but
preserves a moderate and conciliatory attitude.

Ladbroke Gardens, W., and 1, St. Helen's
Place, London, E.G., and of the Hurlingham
and St. Stephen's Clubs, Govt. contractor,
merchant, and financier, is son of the famous
grammarian, and was himself educated at
Cheltenham and Edinburgh, and is a scholar
of no small attainments. He is considerably
interested in S. African enterprises, being a
Director of the Beira Railway, Beira Junction
Railway, the Montrose Diamond Mining Go.
(Chairman), the Eurafrican Co., Montrose
G.M. and Exploration Co., Sterkfontein Gold
Estates (Chairman), etc. He is a keen Con-
servative politician, a protectionist, and recently
issued, with Mr. W. H. Wills, a pamphlet on the
S.A. Labour problem. He has been invited to



contest the constituency of Saffron Walden at
the next parliamentary election.

VAN RHYN, HON. P. B., of Van Rhyns-
dorp, Clanwilliam, C.C., was born in 1827 ;
was field-cornet in 1848 ; was elected to the Cape
House of Assembly for Clanwilliam in 1868,
and was a member of the Legislative Council
for the North-West Circle from 1884 until
recently. He is an elder of the D.R. Church.

VAN ZYL, C. H., M.L.C., formerly Law
Lecturer at the S. African Coll., is the com-
piler of a standard work of reference to the
S. African legal profession, " The Theory of the
Judicial Practice of the Colony of the Cape of
Good Hope and of South Africa Generally."
At the election in 1904 Mr. Van Zyl was elected
to the Legislative Council as Bond representa-
tive of the South-Western Circle.

is member of the Cape Legislative Assembly for
Clanwilliam, for which electorate he was last
returned in 1904 in the Bond interest.

VAN ZYL, I. J., M.L.C., is one of the Bond
representatives of the North- Western Circle in
the Cape Legislative Council, to which he was
elected at the general election in 1904.

VENTER, M. M., M.L.A., represents the
electoral division of Colesburg in the Cape
House of Assemby, to which he was returned
in Feb. 1904 as a supporter of the Bond.

M.L.A., formerly sat in the Cape Legislative
Council as member for the South-Western
Circle. At the general election in 1904 he was
returned to the Lower House as Bond member
for Caledon.

Senior Judge of the High Court of Southern
Rhodesia ; of Bulawayo, and of the Civil Service
(C.T.), and Bulawayo Clubs, is the eldest
son of the late L. A. Vintcent, M.L.A. (C.C.).
He was born Nov. 12, 1861, at Mossel Bay,
C.C., and was educated at the Diocesan Coll.,
Rondebosch (C.T.), at Charterhouse (Eng-
land), and at Cambridge Univ. Mr. Vint-
cent was called to the Bar, Middle Temple,
Jan. 1885, and was admitted Advocate of
Supreme Court of C.C. in March in the same
year He was appointed Crown Prosecutor

for the Crown Colony of British Bechuanaland
March 1886, and held that office till June 1894.
In Jan. 1 892 he was appointed Crown Prosecutor
for the Bechuanaland Protectorate, which
office he held in conjunction with the Crown
Prosecutorship of British Bechuanaland. In
Jan. 1893 he was appointed a member of the
Concession Commission for the Bechuanaland
Protectorate. In 1894 he was appointed Judge
of the High Court of Matabeleland, and was
President of the Land Commission appointed
under the Matabeleland Order in Council, 1894 ;
and was a member of the Council under such
Order. He acted as Administrator to Southern
Rhodesia from Nov. 1895 to Nov. 1896. In
Dec. 1898 he was appointed Senior Judge of
the High Court of Southern Rhodesia. He
was nominated a member of the Legislative
Council of Southern Rhodesia in 1899-1900.
He was a member of the Old Carthusian Foot-
ball team which won the Association Challenge
Cup in the season of 1880-1881, and was in the
Camb. Univ. Football Assoc. XI. in the season
of 1882-3. He married, Oct. 14, 1891, Hester
Elizabeth, second dau. of the late Henry My-
burgh, of Wynberg, Cape Town.

VISSER, A. G., M.L.A., represents the
electoral division of Victoria West in the Cape
House of Assembly, to which he was returned at
the general election in 1904. He is a member
of the S.A. party.

VLOK, REV., Pastor of the Dutch Reformed
Church at Picquetburg, C.C. He tried to keep
his people loyal during the Boer War (1899-02),
and took his turn in the trenches when his
town was attacked. His loyalty brought upon
him the displeasure of his congregation. H
was boycotted by his brethren of the D.R.C.,
and was compelled to give up his ministry,
after twenty-one years' service, on a pension
(Nov. 1902).

Heerdweg, Darmstadt, Germany, and of the
Rand and Turf Clubs (Johannesburg) ; is son of
Lieut. -Col. von Hessert of Darmstadt, where he
was born Oct. 26, 1855, and educated. He
went to S.A. in the service of the French D.M.
Co., late in 1880, and took over the management
of part of that Co.'s works until 1889, when the
property was absorbed by the De Beers group.
Mr. von Hessert then proceeded to Johannes-
burg ; took an active part in the development of
the Witwatersrand fields, and was for many



years a Director of the Crown Reef, Champ
d'Or, Ferreira, Geldenhuis Estate, Main Reef,
New Modderfontein, Wemmer, Wolhuter,
Bantjes, Brief ontein, and Village G.M. Cos.,
and of the Transvaal Coal Trust, City and
Suburban Trams, the Alexander Estate, and
several other less important concerns. He
retired from active business in 1902, and has
since settled in Darmstadt. During a visit to
Europe Mr. Von Hessert took part in the
Bulgarian-Servian War, and received for his
services then rendered the Order of St. Alexan-
der and the Bulgarian war medal. He married,
Nov. 9, 1895, Victoria, dau. of Col. Adolf von
Herff, of Darmstadt.

was born at Jassy, Roumania, in 1847, and
saw a good deal of the world as a child, his
father having been a diplomatist. He served
in the German-Austrian and Franco-German
wars ; was in the Imperial Civil Service in
Alsace-Lorraine from 1871 to 1876 ; went into
the Foreign Office in the latter year, and in
1885 was sent to Cairo as first German member
of the Caisse de la Dette, assisting not a little
in bringing about the present excellent state of
Egyptian finances. In 1887 he was in Con-
stantinople while Sir H. Drummond Wolff was
carrying on his negotiations with Turkey. In
1889 he and Sir E. Vincent made the necessary
preparations for the conversion of the Egyptian
Preference Loan, and at the request of the
Egyptian Govt. he led the expedition of 1891
with a view to the construction of a railway
from the Nile to the Red Sea. During his
12 years' stay in Egypt he greatly assisted his
countrymen in the fitting out of their exploring
expedition. In 1896 he succeeded Dr. Kayser
as head of the German Colonial Council at
Berlin, and was Under Secy, of State for
Foreign Affairs from 1897 to 1900.

VOSLOO, A., M.L.A., represents the electoral
division of Somerset East in the Cape House of
Assembly, to which he was elected in the Bond
interest in 1904.

4th Goorkha Rifles, of the East India United
Service Club, is the son of Depy.- Surgeon William
Walker, LL.D. and Hon. Physician to the
Queen. He was born at Naini Tal, India,
May 29, 1863, and was educated at Haileybury,
St. John's Coll., where he graduated M.A., and
at Sandhurst. In 1885 he joined the Suffolk

Regt. in India, and in May 1887 he trans-
ferred to the 4th Goorkhas. He was in 1891
with the Miramyai Expedition, receiving the
medal with clasp. He was also with the 1895
Waziristan Expedition, receiving the clasp.

In Aug. 1896 he received his Captaincy. In
1898 to 1903 he seconded with Imperial Service
Troop, and in Jan. of the later year joined the
Somaliland Field Force, being granted, in Aug.
1903, the Victoria Cross, the coveted Cross also
going to Capt. Rolland (q.v.), Indian Army.
The story of their heroism is told as follows :

" During the return of Major Gough's column
to Danop on April 22, 1903, after the action at
Daratoleh, the rear-guard got considerably in
rear of the column, owing to the thick bush,
and to having to hold their ground while
wounded men w r ere being placed on camels.
At this time Captain Bruce was shot through
the body from a distance of about twenty
yards, and fell on the path unable to move.
Captains Walker and Rolland, two men of the
2nd Batt. King's African Rifles, one Sikh,
and one Somali of the Camel Corps, were with
him when he fell. In the meantime the column,
being unaware of what had happened, were
getting further away. Captain Rolland then
ran back some 500 yards and returned with
assistance to bring off Captain Bruce, while
Captain Walker and the men remained with that
officer, endeavouring to keep off the enemy,
who were all round in the thick bush. This
they succeeded in doing, though not before
Captain Bruce was hit a second time, and the
Sikh wounded. But for the gallant conduct
displayed by these officers and men, Captain
Bruce must have fallen into the hands of the

WALLACE, B., of the Wanderers' Club,
Johannesburg, played in the Cricket XI. for
London County several times during 1903, and
is generally considered to be nearly the equal
of E. A. Halliwell (q.v.) behind the wickets. He
accompanied the South African XI. to Eng-
land in 1904.

Elizabeth, C.C., is son of the Rev. J. M.
Walton, M.A., formerly Pres. of the Wesleyan
Conference for Great Britain and S. Africa, and
is brother of the eminent K.C., Mr. Lawson
Walton. He went out to the Cape in the late
seventies, and became associated with the firm
of Richards, Glanville & Co. He has been long
identified with Port Elizabeth, and has repre-



sented that constituency in the House of
Assembly since 1898, having been re-elected in
Feb. 1904. Originally opposed to Mr. Cecil
Rhodes' alliance with the Bond, he became
reconciled with him after the rupture following
on the Jameson raid. He became Treasurer-
Gen, in Dr. Jameson's first Ministry (Feb.
1904). Mr. Walton is the proprietor and editor
of the " Eastern Province Herald " of Port

WARD, REV. ALGERNON, M.A., of 33, Rue
Cherif Pacha, Alexandria, Egypt, and The
Limes, Hagworthingham, Lines., was born in
1868. He is only son of Rev. Rob. Ward,
B.A. ; was educated at the Clergy Sch., Camb.,
and Cambridge Univ. He played in the Uni-
versity La Crosse team, 1888-1890 ; and was
Scholar, Sizar, Divinity Prizeman, and Sub-
Librarian of Corpus Christi Coll., Camb., 1887-
1890. Subsequently he was Curate of St.
Michael's, Coventry ; Senior Curate of St.
Augustine's, Edgbaston ; Sub- Warden, Tutor,
and Divinity Lecturer of Queen's Coll., Bir-
mingham, and Chaplain of St. Mark's, Alexan-
dria. He is author of " Guide to the Study of
the Book of Common Prayer," " Psalmi Pceni-
tentiales," and has contributed various articles
in theological papers. He married, Nov. 10,
1896, Elizabeth Mary, eldest dau. of David
Waters, merchant and artist, of Coventry.

of Pretoria,is the sixth son of Charles and Amy
Carew Ware (nee Goulstone). He was born at
Clifton, Bristol, 1869, and after being educated
privately, proceeded to the Univ. of Paris,
where he graduated Bachelier-des-Sciences
(Paris). From 1889-99 he was Asst.-Master
in Secondary Schools (Bradford Gram. Sch.
1895-1899). From 1900-1901 he was a repre-
sentative of the Education Committee of the
British Royal Commission at the Paris Exhibi-
tion. He has been Occasional Inspector of
Secondary Schools to the Board of Education in
England, and Occasional Examiner to the Civil
Service Commission in England. In June 1901
he joined the staff of the Transvaal Educational
Department ; became Asst. Director of Edu-
cation in Sept. 1901, and from Jan. to June
1903 he was acting Director of Education for the
Transvaal and O.R.C. In May 1903 he was
appointed Member of the Transvaal Legislative
Council, and Director of Education, Transvaal,
in July 1903. Mr. Ware has written many
works on education. These include a trans-

lation of "The New Testament" (Pere
Hyacinthe), 1898 ; " Teaching of Modern
Languages in Prussia," and " Training of
Modern Language Teachers in Prussia." He
has also written a number of special reports of
the Board of Education, England ; a work on
" Educational Reform : the Past of the Board
of Education " (Methuen & Co., 1900). He is
the author of " Educational Foundations of
Trade and Industry" (Harper Bros., 1901), and
during 1900 and 1901 wrote a number of leading
articles in the " Morning Post." In 1895 he
married Anna Margaret, elder dau. of E. W.
Phibbs, of Clifton.

G.C.M.G., K.C.B., Knight of Grace of the Order
of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem ; of
the Athenaeum and United Service Clubs ; is
the son of Major-Gen. Sir Charles Warren,
K.C.B., Col. of the 96th Regiment. He was
born Feb. 7. 1840, at Bangor, N. Wales ; was
educated at Bridgnorth Gram. Sch., Chel-
tenham Coll., Royal Military Coll., Sand-
hurst, and the Royal Military Acad., Wool-
wich, and passed into the Royal Engineers in
1857. He conducted excavations at Jerusalem
and reconnaissance work in Palestine, 1867 to
1870 ; and began his long career of usefulness
in S.A. as Special Commissioner on the
Griqualand West and O.F.S. Boundary Com-
mission in 1876-7. He was also Special
Commissioner in connection with the land
question of Griqualand West in 1877. He
commanded the Diamond Fields Horse in the
Transkei War of 1878 (brevet Lieut.-Col.) ;
was Chief of Staff during the Griqualand West
Rebellion in 1878 ; and commanded the Field
Force against the Bechuanas and Korannas in
1878-79. He w r as appointed Administrator of
Griqualand West in 1879, and went to Chatham
in the same year as Instructor in Surveying,
S.M.E. In 1882 he was employed under the
Admiralty in the desert of Arabia Petrsea to
secure the murderers of Professor Palmer
(K.C.M.G.), and he commanded the Bechuana-
land Expedition with the rank of Major-Gen,
in 1884-5. Sir Chas. Warren unsuccessfully
contested a Parliamentary seat in the Liberal
interest in 1885. He was in command of the
troops at Suakin with rank of Major-Gen,
and Governor-Gen, of the Red Sea Lit-

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