In an effort to halt the Boer offensive of October 1899, Lt. General George White undertook a night march on the 30th October. Troops led by Colonel Carleton were ambushed and 800 PoWs were taken at Nicholson's Nek. Encounters at Tchrengula and Modderspruit, also known as the Battle of Farquhars Farm, followed. The British were also defeated in this battle. As a result on the 31st White finally withdrew to Ladysmith. The Boers were led by General Louis Botha
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