|Charles Leach, born at the Swiss Mission Elim Hospital, descendant of Cooksley-Kleinenberg-Zeederburg families, has spent the last 7 years researching the events which occurred in the last phase of the Anglo-Boer War on his 'home turf'. He is the third generation of his family to have served with the Zoutpansberg Commando. His grand-father, Johannes S. Kleinenberg being the first and his own father, Ronald Leonard Leach, the second.
Charles grew up in Louis Trichardt where he completed his secondary schooling and where his interest in History developed. This interest was further strengthened during his teacher training in Pretoria and became a passion when he returned with his family to the Soutpansberg.
Soon after marrying his wife, Bev, they moved back to his ancestral roots and with their two sons established their home on the banks of the Albasini Dam, near Elim Hospital. Some 40 years later they still enjoy the privileges of being close to nature at the dam.
He was in education for many years and became principal of the well known Mbilwi Senior Secondary School in Sibasa. In 1984 he left the teaching profession and together with Bev started their family business Leach Printers and Signs, in Louis Trichardt.
His passion and enthusiasm for his subject resulted in the establishment of the Zoutpansberg Skirmishes Route which to date has seen more than 4000 tourists of varied nationalities enjoy the experience. He has also compiled a publication Of a Lion and Eagle which tells the story of William Eagle who is buried at one of the sites.
Well known local historian and tour guide, there is none better to tell the story of how events transpired in those last years.