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WENDOVER, COOMBE HILL BOER
WAR MEMORIAL

Buckinghamshire men who died in the boer war - information
Compiled and copyright © 2004 - Martin Edwards,
Mike Elliott and Bryan Kaighan

Coombe Hill, near Wendover, stands 257m (843ft) above sea level (about 3m lower than the summit of the hill) and is crowned with an impressive monument to the Boer War and is a popular viewpoint. The memorial was erected, and unveiled, on 4th November 1904 to the memory of the men from Buckinghamshire who had died in the Boer War. Since it was erected it has been struck by lighning, virtually demolishing it, in 1939 it was restored which then caused problems during World War 2 when it became necessary to camouflaged it to avoid it being used as a sighting landmark by enemy aircraft. The names on the memorial are listed by name within battalion within Regiment on the memorial but for ease of use have been listed here alphabetically. Information has been supplemented with details published in Slough Express 22nd December 1902 on page 8.

SLOUGH OBSERVER 1904
9th July page 3

THE BUCK WAR MEMORIAL

The monument on the Chiltern Hills at Coombe Hill, in the parish of Ellesborough, has now been completed, at the following cost:-

 
£
s
d.
Amount of contract, including
extras                              ..      ..      ..
1,823
10
0
Incidental expenses, including
stamp on conveyance
site, printing, Hon. Secre-
tary's disbursements, etc      ...
21
18
9
 
 
£1,845
8
9

The work has been satisfactorily carried out by Messrs. John Whitehead and Sons, Limited, Imperial. Works, Kennington Oval, S,E., under the supervision of Mr. Thomas, County Surveyor.

The obelisk is constructed of Aberdeen granite, with bronze tablet at the base, asking out the names, rank, and Regiment of the Bucks officers and men who fell in the war, under the following inscription :-

" THIS MEMORIAL
was erected by public subscription raised under a resolution proposed by the Lord Lieutenant and unanimously passed by the Magistrates of the County of Buckingham Quarter Sessions assembled, in honour of the men of Bucks who, at the Empire's call laid down their lives during the war in South Africa, 1899-1902."
" Dulce et decorum est pro patria mort."

The inscription plate is surmounted by crossed flags in bronze, and the county arms are carved upon the column above.

The inscription contains 148 names of Bucks Officers and men in various Regiments,, VIZ.:-

1st Oxfordshire Light Infantry
..
24
3rd Oxfordshire Light Infantry (Royal
Bucks King's Own Militia)
..
12
Volunteer Service Company
..
5
Imperial Yeomanry (Bucks Squadrons)
..
26
Other Companies of Imperial Yeo manry
..
 
7
Bucks men in various other Regiments
..
 
74
   
Total                                              ..      ..      ..     ..  
148

The inscription was prepared from careful returns and particulars kindly furnished by the respective colonels of the Oxfordshire Light Infantry, the Imperial Yeomanry, and the Bucks Volunteers, and also from particulars obtained through the District and Parish Councils, and in response to advertisments in the local Press. The committee are also indebted to Major-General Lord Chesham, K.C.B. for his lordships advise and assistance in arranging the list, and also to Major the Hon. T. F. Fremantle, who had the list verified and checked al the War Office.

Information was also furnished by many private individuals and friends and relatives of the men, and no pains have beep spared to secure the accuracy of the inscription.

The site for the memorial, together with a public right of way from the footpath leading up the hill from the Ickneild Way, was given free of cost by the generosity of the late Mr. B. F. Frankland-Russell-Astley.

The question of a formal opening ceremony upon spot has been carefully considered, but owing to the lamented death of the late Mr. Astley, and having regard to the situatcion of the site, the distance from railway stations, and the consequent difficulty of arranging satisfactorily for a public ceremony on the top of Coombe Hill, it has not been considered necessary or desirable that any formal ceremony should take place upon the site.

  SOUTH AFRICA  
1899   1902

THIS MEMORIAL
WAS ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION RAISED UNDER A RESOLUTION
PROPOSED BY THE LORD LIEUTENANT AND UNANIMOUSLY PASSED
BY THE MAGISTRATES OF THE COUNTY OF BUCKINGHAM
IN QUARTER SESSIONS ASSEMBLED, IN HONOUR OF THE MEN OF BUCKS WHO
AT THE EMPIRE'S CALL, LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES DURING THE WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA.
1899 - 1902
DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI

ADKINS

Alfred C

Driver, R Battery, Royal Horse Artillery

ALDRIDGE

A

Private, 2nd Battalion, Mounted Infantry, Bedfordshire Regiment. See also Buckinghamshire - Bedfordshire Boer War Memorial

ALLNUTT

Oliver

Private, 3rd Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry, Royal Buckinghamshire King's Own

ALMOND

Charles Frederick

Lance Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. Died of enteric fever 26th May 1900.

ARBUTHNOTT

Frederick

Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, 2nd Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry. Wounded near Mafeking 7th December 1900, and died from his wounds at Litchenburg on the 9th. He was educated at the Victoria College, Jersey, and gazetted in June 1900 to the Imperial Yeomanry with the rank of Lieutenant in the Army. [Published in Slough Express 22/12/1902 page 8 as 38th (Bucks) Imperial Yeomanry]

Source: The “Last Post”: Roll of Officers Who Fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner reprinted by Naval & Military Press

ARNOTT

Frank

Private, 5th Dragoon Guards. AKA W BRAY

ASHBY

E A

Corporal 2107, 2nd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Died of dysentery at Elandslaagte 29th April 1900. Buried in Elands Naval Cemetery, commemorated on All Saints Memorial, Elandslaagte.

Source: Brian Kaighan's notes on Lady Smith

BALDWIN

William

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

BANKS

H

Gunner, 5th Battery, Royal Field Artillery

BARRETT

T

Private, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards

BARTON

William

Private, 3rd Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry, Royal Buckinghamshire King's Own

BASDEN

James

Private, 13th Hussars.

BATES

Lawrence Edward

Corporal, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. [Published in Slough Express 22/12/1902 page 8 but not on memorial]

BECKLEY

James

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

BELLEW

Robert Walter Dillon

Captain, 16th Lancers. Killed in action at Fourteen Streams, Piquetberg Road on 16th October 1901. Born july 1872. Entered 16th Lancers in March 1892, was promoted Lieutenant March 1895 and Captain October 1899. Served with 16th Lancers in India, and during the later months of the Tirah Campaign, 1897-98, he was attached to the late Sir William Lockhart's Staff as an extra orderley officer. While in South Africa he contracted enteric fever, and when convalescent was appointed Assistant Press Censor at Bloemfontein, which post he held for a short time, afterwards rejoining his Regiment.

Source: The “Last Post”: Roll of Officers Who Fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner reprinted by Naval & Military Press and also Bryan Smith's notes on Ladysmith.

BENNETT

Charles

Shoeing Smith 4824, 37th Company, 10th (1st Buckinghamshire Squadron) Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Resident of Whittlebury. Died of disease at Kroonstad 2nd June 1900. See also Towcester Boer War Memorial

BENNETT

Edwin

Sergeant, 37th Company, 10th (1st Buckinghamshire Squadron) Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Resident of Heathencote. Either 4804 died of disease at Boshof 5th May 1900 or unknown service no. missing in action at Jagersfontein 7th June 1901. See also Towcester Boer War Memorial

BOND

J

Private, 11th Battalion, 35th Company, Imperial Yeomanry

BOWLES

Frederick

Private, 3rd Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry, Royal Buckinghamshire King's Own

BOWLES

Rupert

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry Volunteer Company

BRITNELL

Edwin F

Private, Royal Army Medical Corps. Also commemorated on RAMC Memorial, Gun Hill, Aldershot.

BROOKS

William

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

BROWN

Albert

Private, 3rd Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry, Royal Buckinghamshire King's Own

BUTLER

Henry

Private, 6th Dragoon Guards.

BUTLER

T

Private 3892, 5th Dragoon Guards. Died of enteric 21st January 1900 at Ladysmith. Buried in Intombia Cemetery, commeorated on All Saints, Intombi Memorial.

Source: Brian Kaighan's notes on Lady Smith

CADLEY

Frederick

Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

CAMPBELL

Ian Alastair

Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Died of wounds received 21st October 1899, at the battle of Elandslaagte, on 21st November 1899 at Elandslaagte. Buried in Elandslaagte Town Cemetery, Grave 1/H12, commemorated on All Saints/Town 1/Cheltenham. Born August 1876. Educated at Cheltenham and entered the Gordon Highlanders from the Militia in May 1898. He proceeded with his battalion to NBatal in September 1899. His name is inscribed on the Eleanor Cross War Memorial at Cheltenham College.

Source: The “Last Post”: Roll of Officers Who Fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner reprinted by Naval & Military Press and Brian Kaighan's notes on Lady Smith

CAMPBELL

Patrick

Sergeant, 10th Battalion, 1st Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry

CANDY

G H D

Private, 1st Battalion, Berkshire R. Volunteer Corps

CAVENDISH

(Honourable) Charles William Hugh

Lieutenant, 17th Lancers. Killed in action at Diamond Hill, near Pretoria, 11th June 1900. only son of Lord Chesham, commanding the Imperial Yeomanry. Born September 1878. Educated at Eton (Mr Ainger's). Entered the 17th Lancers from the Royal Military College in August 1898. He proceeded to South Africa in February 1900, and served with his Regiment in the Orange River Colony and Transvaal until killed at Diamond Hill. Resident Burton Latimer. See also Latimer Boer War Memorial.

Source: The “Last Post”: Roll of Officers Who Fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner reprinted by Naval & Military Press

CHERRY

John

Sergeant, U Battery, Royal Horse Artillery

CHILTON

L

Private 2116, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Killed in action 18th February 1900 at Monte Cristo. Buried in Closuston, commemorated on All Saints Memorial. Resident of Chesham. See also Latimer Boer War Memorial

Source: Brian Kaighan's notes on Lady Smith

CLARK

Frederick G

Private, 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoon Guards. Killed at Colesberg 9th February 1900. Resident of Amersham. Commemorated on 2nd Memorial, Colesberg Cemetery. See also Latimer Boer War Memorial.

CLARKE

Charles

Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

COLE

C G S

Private 10206, 56th/57th Company, 15th (3rd Buckinghamshire Squadron) Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died of disease at Krugersdorp 3rd March 1901. See also Bedford Memorial

COLEMAN

Frederick

[Listed as G COLEMAN on the memorial] Private, 3rd Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry, Royal Buckinghamshire King's Own

COLEMAN

William

[Listed as 1st Corporal on memorial] Lance Corporal, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

COLLIER

E

Lance Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment

COOPER

Alfred C

Private, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards

COULTON

L N

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry Volunteer Company

CRIPPS

Thomas Allen

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

CROCKER

J E

Lance Corporal, Royal Army Medical Staff Corps. Also commemorated on RAMC Memorial, Gun Hill, Aldershot.

CROSS

Raymond

Bombardier 81846, 21st Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died of dysentery 3rd February 1900 at Ladysmith. Buried in Intombi Cemetery and commemorated on All Saints Memorial, Intombi.

Source: Brian Kaighan's notes on Lady Smith

CROUCH

George

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

DANCER

Frederick

Private, 37th Company, 10th (1st Buckinghamshire Squadron) Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Resident of Maids Moreton. See also Towcester Boer War Memorial

DAY

Charles Russell

Major, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry. Died from wounds recieved in action near Paadeberg on 8th February 1900 during the pursuit of Cronje. Only son of the Rev. Russell Day, rector of Horstead, Norwich. Born April 1860, educated at Eton (Mr. Cart's). Entered the Oxfordshire Light Infantry from the 3rd Battalion, Royal Lancashire Militia in January 1882, prom,oted to Captain in July 1889 and then Major in October 1889. He was a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and was well known in the musical world. In 1890 he was employed in connection with the musical department of the Royal Military Exhibition at South Kensington, and in 1892 erved as a member of the English Committe of the Vienna INternational Musical Exhibition; he also served in a similar capacity for the Paris Musical Exhibition of 1900. He was the author of “Music and Musical Instruments of Southern India and The Deccan.” He accompanied his battalion to South Africa in December 1899, and was present at the fighting at Klip Kraal, where his field glasses were shattered by a bullet. He also took part in the Relief of Kimberley; and at Paardeberg was struck down when going to the assistance of Corporal Knowles, who was wounded, and whose live he saved. After he had been wounded, and while being attended to, his first thought was for the Corporal, adding “never mind me.” Je is buried in Paadeberg; his funeral was most pathetic. Among many others attending were some thirty men of his battalion who had been wounded; a sad picture. One who was present adds “not many of us returned with dry eyes.”

Source: The “Last Post”: Roll of Officers Who Fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner reprinted by Naval & Military Press

EDWARDS

Benjamin

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

EDWARDS

H

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment

EDWARDS

H

Gunner, 14th Company W.D., Royal Garrison Artillery

ELDRIDGE

Samuel Joseph

Farrier Sergeant, 10th Battalion, 2nd Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry

FAULKNER

J

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

FIRTH

T

Private, 15th Battalion, 4th Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry

FRENCH

Arthur G P

Vorporal, City Imperial Volunteers

GARRETT

Harry

Driver, 1 Pontoon Troops, Royal Engineers

GILHAM

Harold A

Sergeant, 10th Battalion, 2nd Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry

GOLDSWAIN

James

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

GOODLIFF

William

Private, 10th Battalion, 2nd Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry

GOULD

John Martin

Private 7303, 1st Buckinghamshire (Volunteer Company), Wolverton Company, Oxfordshire Light Infantry. Died of dysentery in hospital at Sterkstroom, 29th April 1900. Aged 21. First Buckinghamshire Volunteer to die in the South African Campaign. Also commemorated on mmeorials at Wolverton Boer, Aylesbury and Headington.

GREGORY

Thomas Samuel

Corporal, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade

GREIG

Arthur

Private 6476, 1st Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Died of disease 21st February 1901 at Pretoria. See also Stirling Castle South African Memorial

GREY

John H

Private 6190, 2nd Battalion, Mounted Infantry, Bedfordshire Regiment. See also Bedfordshire Boer War Memorial

GUNN

P H

Private, 10th Battalion, 2nd Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry

GURNEY

Alexander F

Private, Protectorate Regiment

HALL

Lewis Duval

[Memorial lists him as 2nd Lieutenant] Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Killed in action at Wagon Hill, Ladysmith 6th January 1900. Son of Lewis Duval Hall, Esq., J.P., D.L., of Taverham Hall, Norwich. Born 1875. Educated at Eton (Mr. Cornish's). Netered the Rifle Brigade from 3rd Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry 1897, being promoted Lieutenant October 1899. He took part in Lord (then Sir Herbert) kithcener's expedition to Omdurman in 1898, and was present at the battle of Khartoum, receiving the medal, also the Egyptian medal with clasp. He also served in Crete. he accompanied his battalion to SOuth Africa in October 1899, and served with it in Ladysmith until killed. Buried in Caesars Cemetery, Ladysmith. Grave 2. Commemorated on All Saints memorial, Ladysmith.

Source: The “Last Post”: Roll of Officers Who Fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner reprinted by Naval & Military Press and Brian Kaighan's notes on Lady Smith

HANSON

G

Lance Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Mounted Infantry, Royal Berkshire Regiment

HARPER

John Fox

Lieutenant, 10th Battalion, 2nd Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry. Mildred G Dooner states he wa sin the 4th Battalion. He was killed at Ladysmith, Cape Colony on 10th September 1901. He first served as a trooper in the Imperial yeomanry and was appointed Lieutenant 14th March 1901, with the rank of Lieutenant in the Army. [Published in Slough Express 22/12/1902 page 8 as 38th (Bucks) Imperial Yeomanry]

Source: The “Last Post”: Roll of Officers Who Fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner reprinted by Naval & Military Press

HARRIS

George

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

HARVEY

Charles Bateson

Major, 10th (Royal) Hussars. Killed in action near Coleberg on 4th January 1900. Younger son of the late Sir Robert Bateson Harvey, Bart., of Alngley Park, Buckinghamhsire, Born January 1859. Educated at Eton (Mr. James'), and entered the 10th Husars in 1881, ebing promoted Captain July 1889, and Major 1897. He served in Egypt in 1884, and was present at the battles of El Teb and Tamai, receiving the medal with clasp and bronze star. He held the post of Adjutant of Yeomanry Cavalry from 1894-98. In the action in which he was killed it was found that the Boers has established themselves at the rear of the English posotion during the night. The enemy were driven out, and in their retreat were charged by the 10th Hussars and a squadron of Inniskilling Dragoons. Ninety were killed and twenty-one taken prisoner, while the losses for the British were six killed, including Major Harvey.

Source: The “Last Post”: Roll of Officers Who Fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner reprinted by Naval & Military Press

HOBBS

Charles M

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry Volunteer Company

HOLLIMAN

J

Private, 3rd Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment

HOLT

Thomas

Lance Sergeant, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards

HOPKINS

Frederick

Private 1861, 37th Company, 10th (1st Buckinghamshire Squadron) Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Resident of Lower Weedon. Died of disease at Kimberley 29th May 1900. See also Towcester Boer War Memorial

HORLOCK

James G

Private, 2nd Battalion, East Surrey Regiment

HORN

James

Trooper (Private), Base Depot Company, Imperial Yeomanry. Died of Enteric. Resident of Chesham. See also Latimer Boer War Memorial.

HORWOOD

Percival E

Trooper, Cape Mounted Rifles

HOULTON

Charles

Private, 3rd Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry, Royal Buckinghamshire King's Own [Published in Slough Express 22/12/1902 page 8 as 1st Battalion]

HOWLETT

Francis W

Private, 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers

HUDSON

A C

Private, 15th Battalion, 4th Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry

HUNT

Ernest

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

HURST

John S

Sergeant, Victoria Bushmen

JEFFS

Arthur C

Private, 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers

JOHNSON

John

Private, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards

JONES

Robert

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

KENTISH

C

Private, 19th Hussars.

KENTISH

James

Private, 3rd Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry, Royal Buckinghamshire King's Own

KING

George

Private, 3rd Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry, Royal Buckinghamshire King's Own. Died of Enteric. Resident of Chesham. [Published in Slough Express 22/12/1902 page 8 as 1st Battalion] See also Latimer Boer War Memorial.

LIDGLEY

William

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

LINWOOD

Arthur

Sergeant, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards

LODGE

Alfred

[Listed as Sergeant elsewhere] Corporal 5639, 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Died of pneumonia 6th June 1900 in Ladysmith. Buried in Ladysmith Town Cemetery and commemorated on the town memorial.

Source: Brian Kaighan's notes on Lady Smith

LOVELL

John

Gunner 77895, 67th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died of enteric 4th November 1900 in Laydsmith. Buried in Ladysmith Town Cemetery and commemorated on the town and All Saints memorial.

Source: Brian Kaighan's notes on Lady Smith

LOWMAN

C

Private, 19th Hussars.

LUCAS

Ambrose

Driver, 28th Battery, Royal Field Artillery

MACKEN

E

Private, 15th Battalion, 4th Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry

MAPLEY

A H

Private, Royal Army Medical Corps. Also commemorated on RAMC Memorial, Gun Hill, Aldershot.

MARKS

Robert W

Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Mounted Infantry, West Riding Regiment

MATEN?

E E?

Corporal?, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards

McILVENNY

H

Private, 8th Battalion, King's Royal Irish Hussars.

MEAD

D S

Private, 10th Battalion, 2nd Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry

MEEKING

Bertram Charles Christopher Spencer

Captain, 10th (Royal) Hussars. Died of enteric at Bloemfontein on 16th April 1900. Eldest son of Colonel Meeking, of Richings Park, Colnbrook, Buckinghamshire, and 31, Belgrave Square, London S.W., by his marriage with Adelaide Caroline, fourth daughter of Christopher Tower, Esq., of Huntsmore Park, Buckinghamshire; brother of Kenneth Meeking also died in South Africa 2nd February 1902. Captain Meeking was born March 1864. Educated at Eton (Mr Cameron's and Mr Mozley's), and entered the 10th Hussars in February 1888, being promoted Lieutenant in September 1890, and Captain January 1897. He was present at the relief of Kimberley, and took part in the advance on Bloemfontein.

Source: The “Last Post”: Roll of Officers Who Fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner reprinted by Naval & Military Press

MEEKING

Kenneth Charles Edward

2nd Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of enteric at Bethlehem on 2nd February 1902. Youngest son of Colonel Meeking, of Richings Park, Colnrook, Buckinghamshire, and 31 Blegrave Square, London W. and brother of Captain Bertram Meeking, 10th Hussars, who died 16th April 1900. Born April 1880. Educated at Eton (Mr. Impey's), and entered the Grenadier Guards from the 4th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment (Hertfordshire Militia) in January 1900. First served with 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards in South Africa until July 1901 when he joined the 2nd Battalion, afterwards serving with it until his death.

Source: The “Last Post”: Roll of Officers Who Fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner reprinted by Naval & Military Press

MIDDLETON

Alfred B

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment

MYERS

William Joseph

Major, 1st Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action near Ladysmith, 30th October 1899. Son of the late T. B. Myers, Esq., of Porters, Shenley, Herts, born in August 1858. Educated at Eton (Mr. Wolley Dod’s). Entered the 16th Foot in May 1878, being transferred to the 60th Rifles, February 1879, and was promoted Lieutenant November 1880, and Captain March, 1888. He subsequently joined the Reserve of Officers, and entered the 7th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps, was promoted Major February 1899, having been given the honorary rank two years previously. He was Acting Adjutant of the 4th Eton College Volunteer Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry. Major Myers served with the 3rd battalion of the 60th Rifles in the Zulu War, April to September 1879 (medal with clasp). He took part in the operations of the Soudan Frontier Field Force, 1885-86, as A.D.C. to Sir Frederick Stephenson, and was present at the engagement at Giniss (medal, Fourth Class of the Order of the Medjidie, and the Khedive’s star). He served in the Hazara Expedition, 1891, with the 1st Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps (medal with clasp); in the Miranzai Expedition in the same year with the same battalion, including the engagements at Sangar and Mastan (clasp), and with the Isazai Expedition in 1892. Major Myers left the regular army in order to satisfy his taste for travel and Eastern art. He had succeeded in obtaining a fine collection of Saracenese lamps and armour. Wherever there were remains of ancient Persian or aracenic culture he was a constant visitor and purchaser. His collection was in the South Kensington Museum.

Source: The “Last Post”: Roll of Officers Who Fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner reprinted by Naval & Military Press

NASH

Frank

Private 5004, 37th (Buckinghamshire) Company, 10th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died of disease at Hoopstad 23rd May 1900. Buried at Hoopstad.

NORMAN

S R

Private, 10th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry

NORMAN

S R

Private, 15th Battalion, 4th Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry

OLNEY

George

Colour Sergeant, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry. Died of Enteric. Resident of Amersham. See also Latimer Boer War Memorial.

PAGE

Richard

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

PEARCE

Arthur

Private, 5th Dragoon Guards.

PIGGOTT

W

Private, Base Depot Company, Imperial Yeomanry

PLOWMAN

Charles

Corporal, 1st Battalion, Liverpool Regiment. DIed at Ladysmith, commemorated on Tunnel Hill Memorial, Ladysmith.

Source: Brian Kaighan's notes on Lady Smith

PLUMRIDGE

George E

Sapper, 1st Tel. Div., Royal Engineers

PLUMBRIDGE

William

Private, 10th Battalion, 2nd Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry

PORTSMOUTH

Joseph

Private, 3rd Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry, Royal Buckinghamshire King's Own. [Published in Slough Express 22/12/1902 page 8 as 1st Battalion]

PUDDIFOOT

Frank

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

RICHARDSON

Frederick

[Listed as 1st Sergeant on memoiral] Lance Sergeant, 10th Battalion, 1st Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry

ROADS

James

Lance Corporal, Military Foot Police

ROBINSON

Jjohn

Private, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment [Published in Slough Express 22/12/1902 page 8 as Northumberland Fusliers]

ROGERS

A

Private, 10th Battalion, 39th Company, Imperial Yeomanry

ROGERS

W

Sergeant, 26th Battalion, Royal Engineers. Died of Enteric. Resident of Amersham. See also Latimer Boer War Memorial.

ROLFE

H

Private, 1st Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment

RUDDLESDIN

George

[Could also be RUDDLEDIN] Trooper, Eastern Province Horse

SAWBRIDGE

John E

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

SAWYER

Charles

Shoe Smith 1355, 73rd Battery, Royal Field Artillery.

SCOUSE

Hedley C

Colour Sergeant 1355, 2nd Battalion, Shrophsire Light Infantry. Killed in action at Leeuwfontein 6th November 1900. Born about 1865 in Slough, Buckinghamshire, son of George and Elizabeth Scouse. Also listed on the Shrewsbury War Memorial

SEDMAN

J

Private, 15th Battalion, 4th Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry

SHEPHERD

H

Private 6476, 2nd Battalion, Mounted Infantry, Bedfordshire Regiment. See also Bedfordshire Boer War Memorial

SHORTLAND

G H

Gunner, Royal Horse Artillery

SIMCOCKS

William E

Private, 2nd Battalion, Middlesex Regiment

SIMMONDS

James

Private, 3rd Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry, Royal Buckinghamshire King's Own [Published in Slough Express 22/12/1902 page 8 as 1st Battalion]

SKIPWORTH

J

Private, 15th Battalion, 3rd Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry

SLATER, DSO

Sydney Arthur

Lieutenant, 57th Company, 15th Battalion, 4th Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry. Died of enteric at Kroonstads, Orange River Colony, 29th January 1901. Only son of the late E. Slater, Esq., of Ashville, Farsley, and Slingsby Hall, Yorkshire. Born December 1872. Educated at Giggleswick School, near Settle, and at Exeter College, Oxford. He held a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the 3rd Volunteer Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment but early in 1900 volunteered for active service with the Imperial Yeomanry. In March he was appointed Lieutenant in the 57th Company, and, proceeding to South Africa, served in Cape and Orange River Colonies. With ten men he is stated to have made a clever capture of Boers at Bultfontein, and, in September, when attacked, he made an able defence of the place, and held the enemy at bay until relief arrived. He was mentioned in despatches [London Gazette 10th September 1891], being granted the D.S.O. [London Gazette 27th September 1901], and received a letter of congratulation from Field-Marshal Earl Roberts. A tablet has been erected to Lieutenant Slater's memory in Giggleswick School.

Source: The “Last Post”: Roll of Officers Who Fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner reprinted by Naval & Military Press and The V.C. and D.S.O. Book Distinguished Service Order 1886-1915 reprinted by Naval and Military Press.

SMITH

F W

Private, 10th Battalion, 2nd Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry (Volunteer Service Company).

SMITH

Harry

Private, 3rd Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry, Royal Buckinghamshire King's Own [Published in Slough Express 22/12/1902 page 8 as 1st Battalion]

SOUTHBY

George J

Private, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry

STANNETT

E?

Private, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards

STAUNTON

Andrew

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

STAPLETON

K

Private, 15th Battalion, 3rd Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry

TATTAM

William J

Private, Imperial Light Infantry. Formerly Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars.

TAYLOR

A

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment

TILBURY

C

Private, 3rd Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry, Royal Buckinghamshire King's Own

TOWNSEND

George

Private, 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. Born in Langford, Berkshire, to William and Sarah A. Townsend.

TUBB

[C] H

Corporal 12740, Army Service Corps. Died of enetric 1st May 1900 at Ladysmith. Buried in Intombi Cemetery and listed on All Saints, Intombi, Memorial.

Source: Brian Kaighan's notes on Lady Smith

TURTON

George E

Private 7331, 1st Buckinghamshire (Volunteer Company), Slough Company, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry. Died of eneteric fever at Kroonstad 27th January 1902. Aged 22. Son of Mr. F. Turton, of "The Forester's Arms," Chalvey. See also Aylesbury Boer War Memorial and Oxfordshire Light Infantry Boer War Memorial

Extract from the Slough Observer 1/2/1902, page 8 :

DEATH OF A SLOUGH VOLUNTEER - News has been received of the death, on January 27th, from enteric fever in Kroonstad Hospital, South Africa, of Private George Turton, son of Mr. F. Turton, of "The 'Forester's Arms," Chalvey. He went out on board "The German" with the second contingent of Slough Volunteers, and sailed from Southampton on April lst last. He was 22 years of age.

VERGETTE

H W

Quartermaster Sergeant, 4th Battalion, 104th Company, Imperial Yeomanry [Published in Slough Express 22/12/1902 page 8 as Private, 57th (Bucks) Imperial Yeomanry]

WAKEFIELD

John

Farrier Sergeant, 22nd Battalion, 84th Company, Imperial Yeomanry [Published in Slough Express 22/12/1901 page 8 as 2nd Life Guards]

Extract from Slough Observer 25/1/1902, page 5:

THE DEATH OF A SLOUGH SOLDIER.

Farrier-Sergeant John Wakefield, late of the 2nd Life Guards, whose death we recorded in our last issue, was at the time of his decease through enteric at the front attached to the 22nd Batt. Imperial Yeomanry Roughriders, serving with Colonel Campbell'e column. Cablegrams from Standerton had made it evident that his case was serious, and ultimately the General in command there sent the fatal message with his sympathy and regret at the lose of so useful an officer. The deceased, who lived at 8, Somerset-place, Wellington-street, Slough, was 40 years of age, and was the elder and only surviving son of Mr. James Wakefield, of Alexandra-road, Windsor. He leaves a widow and four young children, of whom the youngest is fourteen months, to mourn his loss. His battalicn had recently been complimented by General Tucker, who declared it to be in the best state of efficiency of any Yeomanry that he had inspected. When serving with the 2nd Life Guards, he took part in all the cavalry operations, including the midnight charge of Kassassin, for which he received the medal and Khedive's Star. His early death at the post of duty is deeply regretted by a large circle of old comrades and friends.

Extract from Slough Observer 18th January 1902 page 8: DEATH OF A SLOUGH MAN. - News has been received from the front of the death from enteric el Farrier-sergeant John Wakefield, late of the 2nd Life Guards. The deceased, who lived at 8, Somerset-place,Wellington street, Slough, was 46 years of age. He leaves a widow and four young children, of whom the youngest is fourteen months, to mourn his loss.

WALKER

Albert George

Corporal, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

WALKER

William

Private, 3rd Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry, Royal Buckinghamshire King's Own. [Published in Slough Express 22/12/1902 page 8 as 1st Battalion]

WALLIS

F

Driver/Shoe Smith, Royal Army Service Corps. Died of Enteric. Resident of Chesham. See also Latimer Boer War Memorial.

WARNER

Edwin

Private, 1st Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry

WEATHERHEAD

H

Private, 5th Battalion, 14th Company, Imperial Yeomanry

WHITE

J D

Sergeant Major, 15th Battalion, 4th Buckinghamshire Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry [Published in Slough Express 22/12/1902 page 8 as 57th (Bucks) Imperial Yeomanry]

WHITE

W

Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment

WIGGINS

Walter

Lance Corporal, 29th Battalion, Royal Engineers

WILLIS

Percy

Bugler 3563, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died of enteric 2nd August 1900 at Ladysmith. Buried in Intombia and commemorated on All Saints Memorial, Intombi.

Source: Brian Kaighan's notes on Lady Smith

WOODS

Alfred J

Private, 7th Battalion, 27th Company, Imperial Yeomanry [Published in Slough Express 22/12/1902 page 8 as 57th (Bucks) Imperial Yeomanry]

WOOSTER

Albert

Lance Corporal, Army Service Corps

WOOTTON

Percy Robert

Corporal, 16th Lancers

YERBY

F

Private, 3rd Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry, Royal Buckinghamshire King's Own. Killed at Paardeberg. Resident of Chesham. [Published in Slough Express 22/12/1902 page 8 as 1st Battalion] See also Latimer Boer War Memorial.

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