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TODAY IN KIMBERLEY’S HISTORY 27 SEPTEMBER

27 September 1893, GE Chatfield, uncle of the First Sea Lord The Baron Chatfield, dies.
27 September 1901, Maj-General Pretyman leaves Kimberley to take up an appointment in India.

DID YOU KNOW

George Eugene Chatfield was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England on 17 November 1838, the son of the Reverend Robert Money Chatfield and Anna Maria Jesson.

He married Frances Anne Page in Bloemfontein on 24 May 1871, the family living at the time on the farm Quaggafontein where they farmed for 25 years before moving to Kimberley.

George Eugene Chatfield, while a member of the Bloemfontein Commando, saw action at Thaba Bosiu (Bosigo) in Basutoland (Lesotho) and was wounded while on piquet duty at Mount Misery. Indeed, in this action of 1866, Chatfield received 13 assegai wounds, and still killed five Basotho enemy with five rounds from six fired. (Pictured is Thaba Bosiu).

A talented person, he wrote “Our Farmer’s Column” for the Diamond Fields Advertiser.

George Eugene Chatfield’s brother, Alfred John Chatfield (1831-1910) was an Admiral in the Royal Navy, while his nephew was The Baron Chatfield, First Lord of the Admiralty from 1933 to 1938, a member of the British War Council, and a privy councilor to the King in 1939. The First Sea Lord was the eldest son of Admiral AJ Chatfield.

He left his wife and nine children to mourn his passing.

Chatfield is buried in the Gladstone cemetery.

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