Collecting card illustrating the attack on Paardeberg, a major battle of the Second Anglo-Boer War which was fought in February 1900, with an insert of Lord Robert, Commander-in-Chief of the British Forces. A history of the battle is printed on the reverse of the card, below an advertisement for Price's 'Lightning Brand' Lubrication Oils featuring a illustration of the British clipper ship 'Lightning' that set several speed records on the England to Australia sailing route during the gold rushes of the 1850s.

Physical Description

Full colour illustration of mounted infantry in the field overseeing the attack on Paardeberg, with insert of Lord Roberts. The reverse features extensive text and illustration of the 'Lightning' clipper ship.

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  • Collecting Areas

    Public Life & Institutions

  • Acquisition Information


  • Person Depicted

    Lord Frederick S. Roberts, Paardeberg, South Africa, Feb 1900

  • Inscriptions

    Printed on reverse: PRICE'S PATENT CANDLE COMPANY LIMITED; 84/ HONOURS/ &/ AWARDS; PRICE'S LUBRICATING OILS,/ For general purposes./ MOTOR LUBRICANTS,/ CYCLE OILS./ In high-class and well-tested varieties.; Paardeberg, Boer War, February, 1900./ GENERAL Cronje, finding that the British under/ Lord Roberts were advancing against him, raised/ the siege of Kimberley and retreated on Bloemfontein,/ closely pursued by the English. On the morning of the/ 18th of February the Boers were discovered entrench-/ ing themselves in the river bed near Paardeberg/ Drift. An attack on the position was immediately/ ordered, but this, however, was repulsed by the Boers/ with heavy casualties. A bombardment was, however/ kept up continuously by the British, under cover of/ which the troops crept forward. Every night more/ trenches were dug, and early on the morning of the/ 26th the Canadians, who were in the advanced trenches,/ began the attack. When within about 60 yards a/ terrific fire was opened by the Boers, which was returned/ with vigour. At 5.15 a.m. on the morning of Feb. 27,/ General Cronje with his whole force surrendered.

  • Classification

    Military history, Souvenirs & mementoes, Collecting cards

  • Category

    History & Technology

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  • Overall Dimensions

    140 mm (Width), 89 mm (Height)

  • Keywords

    Boer War, 1899-1902, Conflicts, Clipper Ships