On 28th February 1901 this group of British and Boer Commanders and their staff met at Middelberg, Transvaal to arrange terms of peace.
This conference proved abortive and the Boers used copies of this photo as propaganda ‘evidence’ that they had captured lord Kitchener! Most copies of the photo were subsequently destroyed by military order to help scotch this report.
Standing, left to right, are: Colonel Henderson (Director of military Intelligence), Van Velden (Secretary of the Boer Government Provisional Council), Major Watson (Kitchener’s Military Secretary), H. Fraser (Boer – role unknown), Captain Maxwell (later killed in France) and H. De Jager (Boer – role unknown).
Seated, left to right, are: De Wet (Boer Minister of Justice), General Louis Botha (Boer Commander in Chief), Lord Kitchener (British Commander in Chief) and Colonel Hamilton, Kitchener’s Chief Staff Officer.