Battle of Poplar Grove

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Battle of Poplar Grove
Part of Second Boer War
Date 7 March 1900
Location Poplar Grove, Orange Free State
28°54′32″S 25°21′57″E / 28.90889°S 25.36583°E / -28.90889; 25.36583Coordinates: 28°54′32″S 25°21′57″E / 28.90889°S 25.36583°E / -28.90889; 25.36583
Result British victory
Belligerents
 United Kingdom  South African Republic
 Orange Free State
Commanders and leaders
United Kingdom Lord Roberts Orange Free State Christiaan de Wet
Strength
6,000 5,000
Casualties and losses
1,100 total, including;
280 dead
1,000 dead
4,000 captured

The Battle of Poplar Grove on 7 March 1900 followed on from the Relief of Kimberley during the Second Boer War as the British army moved to take the Boer capital of Bloemfontein. The Boers were demoralised following the surrender of Piet Cronjé at the Battle of Paardeberg. General Sir John French's cavalry did not get into position on time as planned, so the Boer army mostly just fled.