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1916 in South Africa

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1916 in South Africa

Events

February
  • 12 – In the Battle of Salaita Hill, South African and other British Empire troops fail to take a German East African defensive position.
  • July
  • 15-19 – During the Battle of Delville Wood, 766 men from the South African Brigade are killed in South Africa's biggest loss in the First World War.
  • Births

  • 12 January – Pieter Willem Botha, prime minister and state president of South Africa, is born on the farm Telegraaf in Paul Roux district, Orange Free State.
  • 28 March – Abraham Manie Adelstein, United Kingdom's Chief Medical Statistician.
  • Deaths

  • 5 June – Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener drowns when the HMS Hampshire sinks after being hit by a German mine near the Orkney Islands. Fritz Joubert Duquesne, a confirmed Boer and German spy, claims to have sabotaged the HMS Hampshire and becomes known as The man who killed Kitchener, also the title of a book by Clement Wood.
  • 28 November – Martinus Theunis Steyn, last State President of the Orange Free State, dies at 59 at Bloemfontein while addressing a meeting.
  • Railway lines opened

  • 18 February – Transvaal – Morgenzon to Amersfoort, 27 miles 72 chains (44.9 kilometres).
  • 25 May – Natal – Boughton to Cedara deviation, 11 miles 65 chains (19.0 kilometres).
  • 5 June – Transvaal – Volksrust to Amersfoort, 50 miles 37 chains (81.2 kilometres).
  • 30 June – Free State – Aliwal North (Cape) to Zastron, 55 miles 33 chains (89.2 kilometres).
  • 31 July – Free State – Vierfontein to Bothaville, 23 miles 6 chains (37.1 kilometres).
  • 18 September – Cape – Idutywa to Umtata, 71 miles 13 chains (114.5 kilometres).
  • 2 October – Cape – Williston to Kootjieskolk, 38 miles 57 chains (62.3 kilometres).
  • 18 October – Transvaal – Delareyville to Pudimoe (Cape), 79 miles 2 chains (127.2 kilometres).
  • November – Cape – Ascot to Tygerberg, 1 mile (1.6 kilometres).
  • 24 November – Natal – Donnybrook to Underberg, 38 miles 69 chains (62.5 kilometres).
  • Locomotives

  • The South African Railways places six Class NG10 4-6-2 Pacific type steam locomotives in service on the Langkloof narrow gauge line.
  • References

    1916 in South Africa Wikipedia


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