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He became a British national hero during the Second Boer War in South Africa for defending a garrison town for 217 days from 5,000 Boer troops - but after his death in 1941 some modern historians branded him racist because he starved locals so he could feed his own soldiers.
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Many have since argued that Somers' discovery paved the way for slavery - which is believed to be why his statue has now been targeted.
The name was eventually legally changed by Royal Licence on 30 April 1902.