The name Komga means 'place of clay'. The town lies in a setting of rolling green grassland.
It was near Komga, during the ninth Frontier War of 1877, That Major Hans Garett Moore of the 88th Connaught Rangers won the first Victoria Cross to be awarded on South African soil.
A memorial next to the road, at Draaibosch, marks the site where, on the 29 December 1877, he led a patrol against the Gaikas. One of his scouts was surronded and attacked by the enemy. Major Moore road to his rescue, but the scout was killed. The Major escaped with a wounded arm.
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