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CAERNARFON BOER WAR MEMORIAL

Boer (South African) War Detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2013

The Caernarfon South African War Memorialm stands at the top of Twthill, a hill overlooking the town. It takes the form of a Wheel Cross mounted on a tapering shaft on a three-tiered plinth. The first face has a plaque that carries the inscription and the other three faces contain plaques gicing the rank, name and force that the men served with. In was unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of Caernarvonshire and dedicated on 4 July 1904; the builders were Messrs Hugh Jones & Co. There are 24 names listed which have been sorted here into alphabetical order for ease of reading and research. Although cleaned in 1991 it is starting to become illegible through weathering and may be wrongly transcribed due to this.

Photograph Copyright © Martin Edwards 2013

THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED
BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION IN
MEMORY OF THOSE FROM THIS
COUNTY WHO DIED SERVING THEIR
COUNTRY IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR
1899-1902.

CAMERON George Duncan
Trooper 1799, Natal Mounted Police. Died. Aged 29. Killed on 24 Apr 1901 at Mahlabatini. Commemorated on the Cameron Family Headstone in Bangor, GWYNEDD, Wales.
DAWES E
Private, 2nd Battalion, Scotts (sic) Guards
DEVERELL Harry
[Hard to read] Private 7302, 3rd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died of sisease on 8 May 1900 at Kimberley.
EAMES Thomas Richard
Dresser, Welsh Hospital. Died of disease on 27 May 1900 at Springfontein.
EVANS W
Private 1787, 4th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers. Killed on 25 Oct 1900 at Frederikstad.
GOODWIN George Charles
Trooper 3614, 29th (Denbighshire Hussars) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died of disease 27 July 1900 at Jagersfontein. Buried in Jagersfontein. See also Llandudno South African (Boer) War Memorial
GRAHAM J
Sergeant 4277, 3rd Battalion, Royal Munster Fusiliers. Died of disease on 2 January 1901 at Kimberley. Commemorated on 1899-1902 Memorial, Kimberley West End Cemetery and buried there.
GRIFFITH J M
Shoeing Smith, Denbighshire Hussars
JONES Charles [Vaughan]
Sergeant 7417, 3rd Volunteer Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died of disease on 5 May 1900 at Cape Town.
JONES J I
Private 7464, 4th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers. Died of disease on 19 October 1900 at Bloemfontein.
JOYCE W
Private 5627, 1st Battalion, King's (Liverpool) Regiment. Died of dysentery on 9 March 1900 at Ladysmith.
KELLY W
Private 2554, 4th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers. Disease on 8 June 1902 at Elandsfontein.
LONG J B K
Trooper, Norfolk Yeomanry
MALLEN T
[Hard to read] Private 2823, 4th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers. Died of disease on 13 May 1900 at Kimberley.
METCALFE J
Lance-Corporal 3185, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed on 28 November 1899 at Modder River.
ROBERTS David Ewan
Trooper 1080, Kimberley Light Horse. Wounded 22 July 1900, died of those wounds 22 July 1900 at Potchefstroom.
ROBERTS E
Private 2728, 1st Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died of disease on 5 September 1901 at Potchefstroom.
ROBERTS J
Private 5927, 2nd Battalion, South Wales Borderers. Wounded Slightly on 29 March 1900 at Karee Siding. Died of enteric on 31 May 1900 at Bloemfontein.
ROBERTS Owen
Lance-Corporal 3625, 29th (Denbighshire Hussars) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Killed on 13 November 1900 at Abraham's Kraal. Buried at Abraham's Kraal. Also listed on Llandudno South African (Boer) War Memorial
ROWLANDS J
Trooper 689, 2nd Brabant's Horse. Prisoner of War on 30 May 1900 at Spitzkop, released on 5 June 1900 at Pretoria. Died of enteric on 12 November 1900 at Durban.
SOPER A [E]
Private 2323, 2nd Battalion, The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died of disease on 29 December 1900 at Harrismith. Also listed on the Maidstone, All Saints Church, Kent memorial
SOPER George
Lance Corporal 6878, 2nd Battalion, The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Killed on 11 December 1899 at Magersfontein.
WILLIAMS W H
Private, 4th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Died of disease
WILLIAMS-ELLIS [John] Roger
2nd Lieutenant. 1st Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers. Killed in action 9 October 1900 at Dwarsvlei. Aged 19. Born December 1880. Son of Rev. J.C. Williams-Ellis, of Glasfryn, Carnarvonshire. Buried at Krugersdorp.

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

Williams-Ellis.-2nd Lieut. John Roger Williams-Ellis, 1st Batt. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, was killed in action at Dwarsvlei, Oct. 9th, 1900. He was the third son of the Rev. J. C. Williams-Ellis, of Glasfryn, Carnarvonshire, sometime Fellow and Tutor of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. 2nd Lieut. Williams-Ellis was born in Dec., 1880, and was educated privately and at Rossall. He entered the Royal Welsh Fusiliers from the Royal Military College in Dec., 1899, and embarked immediately for Natal, joining the battalion soon after the relief of Ladysmith. He then served with Major-Gen. Barton's Brigade for the relief of Mafeking, and was present at the action of Rindam and the march to Krugersdorp. He fell while leading a section of his company against a Boer position. 2nd Lieut. Williams-Ellis is buried in the cemetery at Krugersdorp. A tablet has been erected in his memory in Llangybi Church, and bears these words :

"He reached by Duty's path.
A life beyond the life he lost."

Last updated 25 April, 2013

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