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RICE, Spring Robert (Major-General Sir)

Born: 1858 07 11
Died: 1929 08 11


A member of the ROYAL ENGINEERS.

The second blockhouse type, known as the Rice Pattern, was more suited to the military situation unfolding in South Africa during 1901. These corrugated iron blockhouses were named after Major SR RICE of the ROYAL ENGINEERS who Lord Kitchener appointed to devise a more cost effective and mass producible method. Each Rice pattern blockhouse cost approximately £16 and took its garrison of between 7 - 10 men one day to erect. (See Rice Pattern Blockhouse, War Museum of the Boer Republics)

(The Vaal Meander)

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Rice Pattern Blockhouse: c1899. Ritchie, Northern Cape - Designer