Walter H Wills.

The Anglo-African who's who and biographical sketch-book online

. (page 35 of 49)
Online LibraryWalter H WillsThe Anglo-African who's who and biographical sketch-book → online text (page 35 of 49)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook

the Suakin force ; the operations in the Tochi
Valley, when he commanded the brigade ; and
the operations against the Darwesh Kheyl
Waziris in 1902, when he was in command of
the troops. The order of K.C.B. was conferred
on Gen. Egerton on Jan. 1, 1903, and he was
invested with the insignia by the Duke of Con-
naught at Delhi. Gen. Egerton superseded
Gen. Manning in the command of the Somali-
land Expeditionary Force in 1903, and inflicted
severe punishment on the Dervishes at Jidballi
on Jan. 10, 1904, and by April folio wing the
operations were considered practically at an
end, the Mullah having practically disappeared.


(Oxford), is fourth son of Sir Charles Elliott, ex-
Gen. Manager of the Cape Railways, and now
fills the office of Assistant-Registrar of the Cape
University, in place of Mr. C. S. Edgar, M.A.,
recently appointed to the professorship of Greek
in the Victoria College, Stellenbosch.

ELLIOTT, SIR HENRY, of Durban, was for
many years Chief Magistrate of Tembuland,
Transkei, and Pondoland, from which he re-
cently retired through ill-health, and settled
down in Natal.

K.C.M.G., was formerly Governor-Gen, of the
Province of Mozambique, and was created a
K.C.M.G. on the King's birthday (1902).

Salisbury, Rhodesia, is son of the late A. C.
Forbes, of Whitchurch, Oxon. He was formerly
Capt. in the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons, and
served in the operations in Zululand in 1888.
He was the first officer to command the Mash-
onaland Volunteer Regt., and took part in the
Matabele War of 1893 in command of the Salis-
bury column, contributing a long account of
the operations to " The Downfall of Lobengula,"
by W. A. Wills and L. T. Collingridge. He
married, Jan. 21, 1903, Beatrice, dau. of Robert
Grey, Treasurer of the Foundling Hospital.

FORD, LEWIS PETER, of Burton Tower,
Gresford, N. Wales, was born Jan. 26, 1846.
He studied law under Advocate Brand, who
afterwards became Pres. of the O.F.S.,
and was admitted to practise in S.A, in
1865, before degrees were necessary for quali-
fication. He was Deputy-Sheriff of Richmond
(C.C.) and Murraysburg from 1886 to 1871 ; was
the first Attorney-Gen, appointed under British
rule in the Transvaal in 1877 under Sir Theo-
philus Shepstone ; Legal Adviser in the Trans-
vaal to the Imperial Govt., 1878-88 ; and
Chancellor of the Diocese of Pretoria, 1879-89.
Since then Mr. Ford has resided in England,
and has gradually liquidated his S. African
interests, and taken up other enterprises He
is Chairman of the Limni Copper Mining Synd.,
and has devoted much time to the development
of the Silicate-of Lime Stone, Ltd , of which
company he is also Chairman. He married
twice : first, in 1866, Miss E. Utting, dau. of a
former editor of the " Cape Argus " ; and
secondly, Miss E. Tanner, dau. of the Chief
Surveyor in H.M. Office of Works.



FOWLE, COL. J., 21st Lancers, served in the
Nile Expedition in 1884 with the Light Camel
Regiment. He was in the Soudan with Lord
Kitchener in 1898, and took part in the battle
of Khartoum, and in that gallant but useless
charge of the 21st Lancers, which was said to
have freshened up the reputation of a regiment
with a rather poor record.

Bishop of Mashonaland, D.D., of Bishop's
Rooms, Salisbury, Mashonaland, was educated
at Trinity Coll., Dublin, and went to S.A.
in 1875 as Vicar of Bloemfontein, O.F.S. Subse-
quently Rector of All Saints', Dutoitspan, and
Rector of Kimberley ; he was consecrated Bishop
of Mashonaland in 1895.

younger brother of Lord Gifford (q.v.), and
took part in the second Matabele War in 1896,
starting with captain's rank. He was shot in
the shoulder at an engagement at Shiloh, which
necessitated his arm being amputated on reach-
ing Bulawayo. He is associated with several
S. African Cos., and is married.

GOLDRING, A. R., of Salisbury House,
London Wall, E.G., was born in London in the
late fifties, and was little more than a youth
when, in 1876, he left England for Cape Colony.
On arriving at Kimberley he devoted himself
to the mining industry. In 1882 he took to |
journalism, and became associated with the I
old " Daily Independent," then the leading
organ of the diamond fields, and remained on
that journal until 1889, when he went up to
Johannesburg, where he again turned his atten-
tion to mining. Three years later he was ap-
pointed Secy, of the Transvaal Chamber of
of Mines, a position which he retained until very
recently, when he was transferred to London as
Secy, to the London Committee of the Chamber.

FREDERICK, R.E., C.M.G., D.S.O., was born at
Southwick, Sussex, Feb. 10, 1868 ; is second son
of Hugh Gorringe, of Kingston-by-Sea, and was
educated at Lee's Sch., Brighton, and Welling-
ton Coll., passing in to the Royal Engineers at
Chatham in 1888. He transferred to the
Egyptian Army in 1893, and became D.A.A.G.,
Headquarters Staff, two years later. He
served in the Dongola Expedition in 1896, re-
ceiving the D.S.O., and medal and clasps for
Firket and Hafir. In 1897 he was on the staff

of the G.O.C., commanding at the actions of Abu
Hamed and Atbara, gaining a brevet majority
and clasps " 1897," Abu Hamed and Atbara.
He was again D.A.A.G. on the Headquarters
Staff of the Khartoum Expeditionary Force in
1898 (clasp, fourth class Medjidieh, and British
medal), and later in that year advanced with
the Gedaref Relief Column (clasp). Col. Gor-
ringe commanded Irregulars at the actions of
Abu Adel and Om Debriket death of the
Khalifa (2 clasps, brev. Lieut.-Col.), after
which he was specially employed in charge of
the reconstruction of Khartoum (1899).
During the S. African War (1900) he was first
of all A.D.C. to Lord Kitchener, and D.A.A.G.
on the Headquarters Staff, taking part in the
relief of Kimberley, and the capture at Paarde-
berg, and afterwards commanded a flying
column in Cape Colony, Jan. to Oct., 1901
(despatches, Queen's medal and 5 clasps). Un-

Buchanan Castle, Drymen, Glasgow, and of
the Carlton (London) and the Western (Glasgow)
Clubs, and of the Royal Institution of Naval
Architects and the Royal United Service Insti-
tution, is the son of the 5th Duke of Montrose,
K.T., A.D.C., Lord Clerk Registrar of Scotland,
his mother being the second dau. of Sir Frederick
Graham, Bart., of Netherby Hall, Cumberland.
He was born May 1, 1878, and was educated
at Eton Coll. The marquis take a great in-
terest in all Imperial and maritime affairs ;
served in the Mercantile Marine, and possesses
a Board of Trade master's certificate. He saw
service in S.A. as Lieut, attached to the Army
Service Corps, and also with the Doris Naval
Brigade, and was Assis. Press Censor at Cape
Town (S.A. medal, three bars). He visited Cape
Town a second time on a wireless telegraphy
Mission for the Corporation of Lloyds', London,
and again in Dec., 1902, to study questions
affecting the resettlement of the land. Lord
Graham assisted Lord Brassey in the navigation
of the Sunbeam to Montreal in 1903, and has
travelled all over the world, visiting fourteen
countries, and all the British Colonies excepting
Canada and New Zealand. He is fond of all
sports, particularly yachting, fishing and shoot-
ing. He is unmarried.

GREY, COL. RALEIGH, of Salisbury, Rho-
desia, was formerly in the 6th Inniskillen Dra-
goons, from which he was seconded for service
with the B.B.P. He took part in the Raid as



Maj. in command of the Maf eking column
which combined with Dr. Jameson's forces.
He was wounded in the foot, but gallantly
insisted on carrying on his duties until the close
of the action. As an Imperial officer, Col. Grey
was handed over to the British Govt. for
trial, and was sentenced to five months' im-
prisonment for taking part in the Raid.

M.P., is a great-grandson of a former Com-
mander-in-Chief of the Madras Presidency (who
received a peerage) ; is a kinsman of Lord
Harris (q.v.), and son of the late G. A. Harris.
He was born in 1856 ; was educated at Leather-
head Gram. Sch., matriculated at Edinburgh,
and graduated at the Royal Col. of Surgeons.
He proceeded to S.A. in 1882, and became
associated with the late Cecil Rhodes, becoming
his confidential agent, and also the first Secy.
in S.A. of the B.S.A. Co. He entered the Cape
Parliament as member for Kimberley, and be-
came one of the whips of the Progressive party.
He then came to England ; was associated
with some few finance Cos., including the
Rand-Rhodesia Exploration Co., and entered
the arena of British politics in 1900 as Con-
servative M.P. for the Monmouth Burghs, but
he lost his seat on a technical point He sub-
sequently entered Parliament as member for
Dulwich, defeating Mr. C. F. G. Masterman by
1,437 votes. Dr. Harris is a keen dog fancier,
and is very popular in South Wales, where he
spends most of his time.

WALTER FRANCIS, G.C.M.G., B.A., of Govern-
ment House, Cape Town, is son of the 4th Earl
of Donoughmore, and was born in the Irish
capital, Aug. 22, 1849. Commencing his educa-
tion at Cheam Sch., he afterwards went to
Harrow and Trinity Coll., Camb., where he
graduated B.A. He is also a Barrister of the
Inner Temple. At the age of 25 he went to
Fiji as attache on Lord Rosmead's (then Sir
Hercules Robinson's) staff, becoming Priv. Secy,
for Fiji Affairs, and the following year Priv.
Secy, for New South Wales Affairs. After act-
ing in this capacity for a couple of years he went
to Barbados as Colonial Secy., leaving the West
Indies in 1883 to take up an appointment as
Chief Secy, at Malta. In 1884 he became Lieut. -
Governor of the island, remaining there until
1889, when he was appointed Governor of the
Windward Islands. Sir Walter Hely-Hutchin-
son's connection with S.A. dates from 1893,

when he represented the Crown in handing
over responsible government to Natal, of which
Colony he was Governor from 1893-1901, his
public services being meanwhile recognized by
the Grand Cross of St. Michael and St. George,
conferred upon him in 1897. Since 1901 Sir
Walter has been Governor and C.I.C. of the
C.C. He married, in 1881, a dau. of Major-
Gen. Wm. Clive Justice, C.M.G.

manent Under-Secy. of State for the Colonies
from 1871 to 1892. He is a Director of the
Eastern and S. African Telegraph Co., a
member of the Council of the Union-Castle Mail
Steamship Co., and Chairman of Mr. Chamber-
lain's Tariff Commission.

HOOD, SAMUEL J., of Lagos, W. Africa,
started his career in the Gov. service at
British Honduras ; was transferred to the Gold
Coast as Supervisor of Customs in 1894 ; was
Asst. Collector at Sierra Leone in 1901 ; became
Asst. Comptroller of Customs of the Gold Coast
Colony later in 1901, and in 1904 was appointed
Collector of Customs at Lagos.

Sierra Leone, W. Africa, and of the Colonial and
West Indian Clubs, was born at Montserrat,
West Indies, Sept. 8, 1867, and is younger son
of the late Dr. Burdett Johnson, of Montserrat.
He educated at Harrison Coll., Barbados, and
Epsom Coll., Eng., and entered the Colonial
Service as 2nd Clerk in the Montserrat Treasury
Dept. in 1884 ; promoted 1st Clerk, 1886 ; 1st
Clerk, St. Kitts Treasury, 1891 ; 1st Revenue
Officer, St.Kitts, 1895; Acting-Treasurer, St. Kitts,
Nevis, 1897 ; Asst. Treasurer, Sierra Leone,
1897 ; and Colonial Treasurer for that colony,
Mar. 1899. Mr. Johnson is ex-officio Member
of the Executive and Legislative Councils, and
Member of the Education Board. He married,
Mch. 31, 1902, Ida Mabel, dau. of late Fredk.
S. Johnston, of Malo les Bains, France.

the Royal Navy in 1870, and took part in the
bombardment of Alexandria and the Egyptian
War of 1882, receiving the medal and two clasps.
In the early days of the late S. African War,
Capt. Lambton (as his rank then was) landed a
naval brigade of 280 men from the Powerful
at Durban, and proceeded to Ladysmith, where
he arrived on Oct. 30, 1899, with two Maxims,
four long naval 12-pounders, and two 45-



pounders, the popular conviction being that the
timely arrival of these guns and the fine marks-
manship displayed by his men saved Ladysmith
from falling into the hands of the Boer forces.
Admiral Lambton arrived back in England in
May, 1900, and since 1901 has commanded the
King's yacht.

of Pretoria, Transvaal ; Lieut.-Governor of
the Transvaal Colony, was born in 1860, and
was at one time in the 10th Hussars, and after-
wards Priv. Secy, to the Duke of Westminster.
From 1898 to 1901 he was Administrator of
Matabeleland, and during his administration
he earned golden opinions by the happy tact
which he exercised between the Chartered Co.
on the one part and the settlers on the other.
The difficult questions of land tenure, native
labour and othe^ matters which were the subject
of local agitation owed much to the attention
which he gave to them, and to the care with
which he endeavoured to reconcile conflicting
differences of interest. In 1901-2 Sir Arthur
Lawley acted as Governor of Western Australia,
and he was then appointed Lieut.-Governor
of the Transvaal, where he arrived in Aug.,
J902. He married, in 1885, a dau. of Sir Ed.
Cunard, Bart.

LEWIS, BABNET, of Threadneedle House,
Bishopsgate Street Within, London, was born
at Neustadt, and is a younger brother of Mr.
Isaac Lewis (q.v.), and a partner in the firm of
Lewis & Marks, whose market interests it is
his especial role to supervise. He is also a
Director of the African and European Agency,
East Rand Mining Estates, the Transvaal Farms
and Finance Co., the Grootvlei Prospecting
Synd., and the Vereeniging Estates, Ltd. He
has an artistic temperament, and a fine collec-
tion of pictures.

LEWIS, ISAAC, of Befbury Park, Kent, and
of Threadneedle House, Bishopsgate Street
Within, E.G.' was born in Neustadt in 1849,
and went to S.A. in 1870, being one of
the first to exploit the Kimberley diamond
fields. He is head of the firm of Lewis & Marks
(of London and Pretoria), which also includes
in the partnership Samuel Marks and Barnet
Lewis, brother of the subject of this sketch.
In 1881 the firm began to acquire interests in
the Transvaal, exploiting the mineral, indus-
trial, and agricultural resources of that country,
to the great material advantage of his firm

and the shareholders whose interests they pro-
tect. Mr. Lewis himself is Chairman in
Johannesburg of the Vereeniging Estates, and
is on the Boards of the East Rand Mining
Estates, Grootvlei Prospecting Synd., Johan-
nesburg Consolidated Investment Co., Johan-
nesburg Waterworks, South Rand Exploration,
Sheba G.M., Swaziland Corporation, Trans-
vaal Estates and Development, Transvaal
Farms and Finance Cos. He is also on the
London Committees of the Great Eastern Col-
lieries, Schuller Diamond Mines, and the Trans-
vaal Consolidated Coal Mines. Mr. Lewis likes
to stand aloof from politics, but he and Mr.
Marks have always stood well with Mr. Kriiger,
who had a genuine partiality for them.

LOIR, DB. A., of the Pasteur Institute, Paris,
is a nephew of the late M. Pasteur, and in 1902
established a laboratory at Bulawayo for the
treatment of hydrophobia.

of Irish descent, and was born in Australia.
After the S. African War broke out he
swore allegiance to the S.A.R., and became
a burgher of that State. fHe was appointed
to the command of the Irish Brigade, fight-
ing on the Boer side. He was elected M.P.
for Galway in Jan. 1900. He subsequently
took up his residence in Paris, describing him-
self as a journalist. In connection with Col.
Lynch's fighting in the Boer ranks, he came
over to England voluntarily to answer to the
charge of high treason, for which crime he was
sentenced to death by Mr. Justice Wills on Jan.
23, 1903. The sentence was immediately com-
muted to penal servitude for life, but he was
released after twelve months' imprisonment
in Lewes Gaol. He is married.

the Cape Colony, and accumulated a consider-
able fortune by judicious investments in house
property in Pretoria. He was the victim of a
vitriol outrage in Mar. 1904, by his daughter-
in-law, Mrs. Bellfield Marais, and her young
daughter, aged fifteen, by which Mr. Marais
lost the sight of an eye. He is familiarly known
as " Long Piet," on account of his six feet five
inches of stature.

by the " Globe" newspaper in 1904 to proceed
to the Conge Free State to make a thoroughly
independent inquiry into the alleged mal-ad-



ministration of the country. He will also act
as correspondent of the " Globe."

MOFFAT, DR. ROBERT M., C.M.G., has been
connected with East Africa and Uganda since
1891, and accompanied the late Sir Gerald
Portal's mission to Uganda in 1893. He sub-
sequently entered the Medical Dept. in Uganda,
and is now P.M.O. of the E. Africa and
Uganda Protectorates.

MOSELY, SIR ALFRED, is a native of Bristol,
and spent several years on the Kimberley dia-
mond fields, where he amassed a considerable
fortune. He received the C.M.G. for services
in connection with the S.A. War, and was after-
wards knighted in consideration of his patriotic
endeavours to educate the British trader and
workman, to which end he sent out a commis-
sion on an extensive tour to study American
methods entirely at his own expense. He is
strong advocate of free labour, and trade union-
ism if properly directed, but opposes boycott and
the restriction of output.

PRICE, ROBERT JOHN, M.P., has sat in
Parliament since 1892, and is Liberal member
for the East Norfolk Division. He is a barrister-
at-law, a doctor (M.R.C.S.), and takes an active
interest in many Rhodesian and Egyptian enter-

REITZ, F. W. was formerly Pres. of the
O.F.S., but succeeded Dr. Leyds (q.v. ) as State
Attorney of the S.A.R. He was regarded in the
Transvaal as having progressive tendencies, but
was not sufficiently strong to influence the Presi-
dent. After the S. African War Mr. Reitz joined
the irreconcilables, and undertook a lecturing
tour through America to raise funds for the
Boers. He denounced the British conduct of
the war, and accused Mr. Chamberlain of bad
faith in his interpretations of the peace terms,
and his denunciations of England were so violent
as to call forth remonstrances in the Continental
pro-Boer Press.

Governor and Commander-in-Chief of the Gold
Coast Colony, was previously for over twenty
years in the Malay Native States, and served
successively as British Resident of Sengalor,
Pahang, and Perak. He received his present
appointment in Oct. 1903.

SALMON, CHARLES ; one of the early " deep

level kings," went up to the Witwatersrand
in the early days, where he engaged in business
as a tailor. He, however, distinguished him-
self by his belief in the deep levels long before
their value was understood even by the leading
mining magnates of the day. Holding on to
his claims with a tenacity which neither the
ridicule of experts nor the depression of the
times affected, their immense worth was at last
appreciated, and Mr. Salmon realized a large
fortune, which he now enjoys in retirement.

SEYMOUR, LORD HENRY, of Ragley Hall,
near Alcester, is second son of the Marquis of
Hertford, and served for 3-| years in S. A. in-
cluding the S. African War.

of Caterham, Surrey, and of 54, St. Mary Axe,
London, E.G., was educated at St. Austell,
Cornwall, and Cheshunt Coll., afterwards gra-
duating B.A. with a first class at the Univ.
of London. In 1859 he became a partner with
his father-in-law, Mr. Davis, a S. African mer-
chant. In 1865 Mr. Soper became sole member
of the firm, whose interests he continued to
direct for nearly a quarter of a century, when
his son joined him in partnership, but the style
of Davis & Soper is still retained. Mr. Garland
Soper has been associated with some public
enterprises of considerable importance, particu-
larly the introduction of tramways into S. A.,
the city of Cape Town, and the Green Point line
being the work of his firm, who are also the
agents of the Cape Town municipality. Mr.
Garland Soper is Chairman of the London
Board of the Johannesburg Waterworks, Estate
and Exploration Co., and a London Director
of the Johannesburg Estate Co. He is an
alderman of the Surrey County Council, and
is J.P. for Surrey and also for the county of
London. He is the oldest member of the
Fruiterers' Co., and was for over eighteen years
Chairman of the Caterham School Board. He
is a Liberal-Unionist in politics, but although
frequently asked to stand for Parliament he has
invariably refused.

of Government House, Mombasa, was born in
1860 ; is son of the late Field-Marshal Sir Donald
Stewart, Bart., Governor of Chelsea Hospital,
and younger brother of the present bart. Sir
Donald was formerly capt. in the 2nd Batt. of
the Gordon Highlanders, and fought in the
Afghan War, receiving the star for the march

I 7 8


to Kandahar. He took part in the first Boer
War ; was A.D.C. to his father when he was
Commander-in-Chief in India, and served in
the Egyptian Campaign in 1885 (medal, clasp,
and star). He was political officer with the
Ashanti Expedition in 1895-6 ; served with the
Gold Coast Police ; became British Resident at
Kumasi ; and in 1904 succeeded Sir Chas. Eliot
as Commissioner and Commander-in-Chief in
the E. African Protectorate.

STRANGE, HABOLD, of Johannesburg, is the
chief Transvaal representative of the firm of
Barnato Bros, and their Cos. He is Chair-
man of the Transvaal Chamber of Mines, and
sits on the Boards of numerous S. African
mining and financial Cos.

THOMSON, WILLIAM, M.A., Registrar of the
Univ. of the Cape of Good Hope, was
appointed a Member of the Civil Service Com-
mission of the Cape Colony in 1902.

VILJOEN, GEN. BEN. J., is of French
Huguenot extraction, and was born in 1860.
He served through the early part of the
S. African War, and was present at Elandslaagte,
where two-thirds of the Boers were killed,
wounded, or captured, he himself narrowly
escaping. He also took part in the operations
against Ladysmith, and was present at Spion
Kop. He was captured eventually, and sent
to St. Helena. Ex-Gen. Viljoen is a genial
character, a loyal friend, and a frank opponent.
He was careful not to associate himself with the
tour undertaken by the three Boer generals on
the Continent after the termination of the war,
but he came to England and lectured at Queen's
Hall, and afterwards in the States. His book,
" My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War,"
is full of good reading, and throws a strong and
unprejudiced light upon the stirring events of
the war period. In 1904 he took part in the
St. Louis Exhibition, in connection with a dis-
play reminiscent of episodes in the S. African

VINCENT, SIB EDGAB, M.P., of Esher Place,
Esher, was originally in the Coldstream Guards,
and afterwards went to Turkey to assist in the
reorganization of the Ottoman Public Debt.
He subsequently became Financial Adviser to
the Egyptian Govt., and for seventeen years he
worked hard with Lord Cromer (q.v.) to put
the financial affairs of Egypt on a sound basis.

WATHERSTON, MAJOB A. E. G., formerly
of the Survey Dept. of the Gold Coast Colony,
where he was Chief Boundary Commissioner,
was transferred to Egypt in 1904 for duty in the
Survey Dept. there.

WTERNHER, JULIUS, of Bath House, Picca-
dilly, London, was born in Darmstadt in 1850.
Proceeding to S. A. he spent ten years in
Kimberley, and became chief partner of the
great mining and financial firm of Wernher,
Beit & Co. Mr. Wernher is in appearance and
temperament the very antithesis of his partner,
Mr. Alfred Beit (q.v.). He is physically strong
and exceptionally tall, reflecting in his repose-
ful look an apparent freedom from "nerves"
and worries which few men with huge responsi-
bilities enjoy, though he has rather felt the
strain of the last few years. He is extremely

Online LibraryWalter H WillsThe Anglo-African who's who and biographical sketch-book → online text (page 35 of 49)