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BELFAST, SOUTH AFRICAN (BOER) WAR MEMORIAL

Boer War - Detailed information
Compiled & Copyright © Fred Wylie - 2007

The Belfast Boer war memorial can be found in an enclosure on the east side of the city hall, Donegall square, Belfast. It was formerly in the north east corner of the city hall grounds. It takes the form of a statue of a private of the Regiment in khaki uniform, with topee and puttees, with a rifle and fixed bayonet at the ready. The figure stands on a massive boulder, below which is the plinth, which stands on four steps, around the top of the plinth is a belt of bronze panels, with figures at each corner representing war, victory, death and fame. On the front panel is a design of a harp and shamrock crowned with a wreath of laurel together with the motto of the Regiment, "QUIS SEPARABIT". There are 130 names listed. The memorial was unveiled by Field MArshall Lord Grenfell on 6th October 1905. The sculptor was Syndey March and it was cast in the foundry of Messrs Elkington & Co. Ltd. Details appeared in The Times 4th October and 7th October 1905. The names are listed by Battalion, then rank then surname on the memorial but have been sorted into alpahbetical order here for ease of research and reading.

Photographs Copyirght © Fred Wylie - 2007

In memory of the officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the Royal Irish Rifles who were killed in action or died of wounds or disease in the South African War 1899-1902. This monument is dedicated.

In memory of those who served
in the
83rd (County of Dublin) Regiment
and
86th (Royal County Down) Regiment
1793-1881
The Royal Irish Rifles
1881-1921
The Royal Ulster Rifles
1921-1968

ALSOPP

C

Sergeant Mr Tailor, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

ANDERSON

S

Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

ANGELONI

F

Private, The London Irish Rifles (16th Middlesex V.R.C.)

ARNOLD

R

Private 2773, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. Died in hospital at Bloemfontein 10th December 1899 at Stormberg.

ASTON

T

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

ATKINS

C

Sergeant, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

BARBER

W J

Private, The London Irish Rifles (16th Middlesex V.R.C.)

BASHFORD

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

BECK

R

Corporal, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

BECK

R

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

BECKER

C

Private, The London Irish Rifles (16th Middlesex V.R.C.)

BELL

J

Sergeant, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

BOYLE

W

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

BRIGGS

R

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

BULL

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

BURNS

E

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

BURTON

L H

Private, The London Irish Rifles (16th Middlesex V.R.C.)

CARR

T

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

CARROLL

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

CARSON

W

Lance Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

CASEY

W

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

CASHEL

T

Lance Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

CHAPMAN

E F

Private, The London Irish Rifles (16th Middlesex V.R.C.)

CLARKE

D

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

CLYDESDALE

J A

Private, 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

COWAN

T

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

CROSSAN

S

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

CROWE

P

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles.

CURRY

H

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

DAVIES

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

DICKSON

W

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

DICKSON

W J

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

DIMSDALE

Wilfrid [Philip]

Captain, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. Wounded Reddersberg, 3rd April 1900, died of wounds 9th April 1900 at Reddersberg. Aged 30. Born April 1870.

Extract from The Last Post - Roll of Officers who fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner, published by Naval and Military Press

Dimsdale. - Capt. Wilfred Philip Dimsdale, 2nd Batt. Royal Irish Rifles, died April 9th, 1900, of wounds received in action April 3rd and 4th, near Reddersberg. He was the youngest son of the late Baron Dimsdale of Essendon, Herts, was born April, 1870, and educated at Eton (Mr. Rawlins’). He entered the Royal Irish Rifles Nov., 1889, was promoted lieut. July, 1893, and capt. April, 1898. From May, 1897, to March, 1898, he was A.D.C. to the late Lieut.-Gen. Sir Charles Nairne during the latter’s tenure of the Bombay Command. While holding this appointment Capt. Dimsdale took part in the operations on the North-West Frontier of India as Extra Orderly Officer to the General Officer Commanding the 1st Division of the Tirah Expeditionary Force, receiving the medal with two clasps. He embarked for South Africa in Oct., 1899, and served with the M.I.

DONALDSON

J

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

DOUGHERTY

S

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

EARLS

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

ESMONDE

H

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

EVANS

J

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

EVERELL

J

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

FAGAN

H A

Lieutenant-Colonel, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

FARRELL

F

Private, 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

FEGAN

T F

Sergeant, 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

FINLAY

J

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

GIBSON

R

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

GRACE

H

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

GRAY

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

GRAY

T

Private, 4th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

GREEN

W

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

GRIFFIN

T

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

GRIFFITHS

A

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

HAMILL

C

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

HAMILTON

W

Private, 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

HAYES

P

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

HOUSTON

H

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

HYNES

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

KELLY

A

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

KENNEDY

J

Lance Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

KENNEDY

P

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

KENNEDY

W

Private, 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

KERR

J

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

KERR

P

Private, 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

LANE

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

LAVERY

D

Private, 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

LAW

J E

Private, The London Irish Rifles (16th Middlesex V.R.C.)

LEATHEM

C

Colour-Sergeant, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

LONGHURST

J

Bugler, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

LOUCRAN

S

Private, 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

LOW

Harry Lawrence

Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. Killed in action 10th March 1902 at Vaal Bosh Pan. Aged 27. Born June 1874. Son of George Hamilton (Royal Canadian Rifles). Commemorated on 1899-1902 Memorial, Kimberley West End Cemetery and buried there.

Extract from The Last Post - Roll of Officers who fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner, published by Naval and Military Press.

Low - Lieut. Harry Lawrence Low, M.I. Royal Irish Rifles, was killed at Vaal Bosh Pan, about 40 miles from Hoopstad, March 10th, 1902. This officer was first reported as missing, but it was afterwards discovered that he had been killed. He was the younger son of Mrs. G. Hamilton Low, Montrose, Camberley, and the late George Hamilton Low, Esq., Royal Canadian Rifles, and was born June, 1874. Lieut. Low entered the Royal Irish Rifles Jan., 1895, from the Royal Military College, passing out with honours and gaining the prize for Topography; being promoted lieut. April, 1897. On the outbreak of the war, he was serving with the dep6t of his Regiment, but, volunteering for active service, was sent to South Africa in Feb., 1900, and joined the mounted infantry of his battalion. He took part in the operations in the Ventersberg district and the relief of Wepener, and afterwards served in the Transvaal and Cape Colony. In his letter of Sept. 14th, 1900, describing one of the actions he was in, when some Boers were captured, he says, “Now comes the best news of all, a wire congratulating us on our prompt action from Lord Roberts.” A brother officer writes concerning Lieut. Low: “It will be many a long day before the Regiment will forget how, on July 1st, 1901, with fifty Irish Riflemen he attacked and signally defeated 250 Boers.” Lieut. Low lost his life under very tragic circumstances. Seeing two horsemen advancing towards him dressed in khaki, etc., he mistook them for our men, and on reaching them all three dismounted, the two Boers keeping their rifles in their hands, Lieut. Low leaving his in the bucket of his saddle. The Boers then called on him to surrender, but, thinking they were our men, he replied that he was one of their officers. Quickly realising his mistake, he closed with one of the Boers (a man named Lombard), and the other Boer (named Kempens) then shot Lieut. Low dead. After Peace was declared his body was found, and was buried at Vaal Bosh Pan; but in Dec., 1902, some of his battalion being at Modder River and being anxious that his remains should rest there, where so many brave officers and men who were killed in action during the war are buried, his body was disinterred and brought to Modder River, about 100 miles. A marble cross has been erected over his grave by his brother officers. Lieut. Low was granted the medal with three clasps.

MADDEN

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

MAGILL

W

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles.

MAHOOD

J

Lance Corporal, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

MAISEY

W H

Lance Corporal, The London Irish Rifles (16th Middlesex V.R.C.)

MALLON

W

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

MANIFOLD

P

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

MARSHALL

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

MAWHINNEY

J

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McALLEN

S

Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McALLISTER

J

Private, 4th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McCABE

H

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McCAULEY

S

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McCLELLAND

W H

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McCOMBE

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McCONVILLE

J

Private, 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McCRACKEN

J

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McCRUDDEN

J

Private, 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McDONNELL

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McGEE

J

Private, 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McGOVERN

F

Corporal, 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McGUIRK

C

Private, 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McILVENNEY

P

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McKEE

D

Private, 4th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McKEOWN

P

Private, 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McMANUS

C

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McMEEKIN

W J

Private, 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

McOSCAR

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

MEJURY

R

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

MERCER

A

Private, 4th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

MONTGOMERY

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

NELLIS

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

PALMER

W

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

PARTRIDGE

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

PHAIR

F

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

PLUNKETT

T

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

QUINN

H

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

REID

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

ROONEY

M

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

RUSSELL

R

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

RYAN

J

Private, 6th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

RYND

R E

Private, The London Irish Rifles (16th Middlesex V.R.C.)

SANDS

J

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

SCAMMELL

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

SCOTT

T

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

SEEDS

James Thomson

Captain, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. Died of dysentery at Kroonstad 1st June 1901. Aged 30. Born October 1870. Son of W. Seeds, of Ballymott House, near Downpatrick.

Extract from The Last Post - Roll of Officers who fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner, published by Naval and Military Press

Seeds. - Capt. James Thomson Seeds, 5th Batt. Royal Irish Rifles, died of dysentery and heart failure at Kroonstad, June 1st, 1901. He was the son of the late W. Seeds, Esq., of Ballymott House, near Downpatrick, was born in Oct., 1870, and educated at the High School, Dublin. He was called to the bar in 1895, took his B.A. degree in the same year, M.A. 1898, and LL.D. 1899, at Trinity College, Dublin. He entered the 5th Batt. Royal Irish Rifles, Feb., 1899, was promoted lieut. May, 1900, capt. March, 1901; and volunteering for active service proceeded to South Africa in April, 1901, with his battalion. His name is inscribed on a tablet erected by his comrades in Down Cathedral in memory of all belonging to the 5th Batt. Royal Irish Rifles who fell during the war.

SHIELDS

F

Private, 4th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

SHRIMPTON

W H

Corporal, The London Irish Rifles (16th Middlesex V.R.C.)

SILCOCK

J

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

SMYTH

P

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

SPENCE

J

Private, 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

TAYLOR

B

Sergeant, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

TEVLIN

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

THOMPSON

J

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

THOMPSON

W

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

TRICKS

J

Private, The London Irish Rifles (16th Middlesex V.R.C.)

TRIMBLE

S

Private, 5th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

TRIMLETT

H

Private, The London Irish Rifles (16th Middlesex V.R.C.)

WALL

A E

Corporal, The London Irish Rifles (16th Middlesex V.R.C.)

WALSH

J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

WILDE

C

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

WILLIAMS

W

Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

WOODS

D

Private, 3rd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Last updated: 26 July, 2007

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