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Boer War - Detailed information
Compiled & Copyright Martin Edwards 2009

The memorial is situated on the north side of the junction between Ludgate and Claremont, Alloa. It takes the form of a soldier of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders standing protectively over a wounded comarade standing on an ashlar square, stone, pedestal with carved coat of arms and inscription on a convex south face. The remaining three upper pedestal faces have relief panels with moulded edges with the north facing panel containing a bronze plaque. There is a moulded pediment to the upper edge of the pedestal. There are 11 names listed of men who fell. The memorial was unveiled 9th April 1904 by the Lord Lieutenant of Clakmannan; the sculptor was Mr William Birnie Rhind and the architect Sir Robert Lorimer. The names here have been sorted into alphabetical order for ease fo research and reading.
From an old postcard



John W

Trooper 274, Kimberley Light Horse. Killed in action 28 November 1899 at Carters Ridge, Kimberley.


R H Alston

Lance Corporal 4435, 18th Hussars. Died of wounds 16 April 1901 near Dullstroom. Buried at Dullstroom.


Robert C

Private 4517, 1st Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Died of wounds 24 February 1900 at Stinkfontein, Paardeberg. Buried at Vendusie Drift, Paardeberg.



[Listed as H LYNN in documents] Private 3352, 2nd Dragoons. Killed in action 16 February 1900 at Dronfield, Kimberley. Buried at Kenilworth, Kimberley.



Private 1938, 1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry. Killed in action 23 November 1900 at Dewetsdorp. Buried in the English Common Cemetery, Dewtsdorp. Also commemorated on Glasgow, Highland Light Infantry South Africa Memorial


William W W A

Private, Transvaal Constabulary. Died of disease


Harold Percival

Lieutenant, No. 1 Troop, Protectorate Regiment. Killed in action 26 December 1899 at Game tree Fort, Mafeking. Buried in Mafeking Cemetery.

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

Paton. - Lieut. Harold Percival Paton, No. 1 Troop, Protectorate Regt., was killed in action at Game Tree Hill in a sortie from Mafeking, Dec. 26th, 1899. He was educated at Loretto School, Musselburgh, where he was in the XI. and XV., being a good cricketer and foot­ball player. This officer's death is mentioned by Major­Gen. Baden-Powell in his despatch from Mafeking of May 18th, 1900, L.G., Feb 8th, 1901. Lieut. Paton was killed at the very muzzles of the enemy's guns. He is buried in the cemetery at Mafeking.


David M

Lance Corporal, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Died of disease



Sergeant Piper 3211, 3rd Battalion, King's Own Scottish Borderers. Died of disease 5 November 1901 at Bulawayo. Buried in Bulawayo General Cemetery.



Private 6686, 2nd Battalion, (Black Watch) Royal Highlanders. Died of wounds 19 March 1900 at Waterval POW Camp. Buried at Petronella. Also listed on Edinburgh, Black Watch, Boer War Memorial (listed as dying from disease there)


Edward John

Second Lieutenant, 16th Queen's Lancers. Killed in action 23 December 1901 near Clanwilliam. Aged 19.

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

Younger. - 2nd Lieut. Edward John Younger, 16th Lancers, was killed in action between Clanwilliam and Calvinia, Dec. 23rd, 1901. He was the second son of George Younger, Esq., of Valleyfield, Cuiross, Fife, N.B., was born in July, 1882, and educated at Harrow. He entered the 16th Lancers in August, 1900, and proceeded to South Africa, Jan., 1901, and served with his Regiment in Cape and Orange River Colonies. The day he was killed 2nd Lieut. Younger behaved with great gallantry. The Boers had attacked a convoy with much determination on Dec. 22nd, but had been driven off. The next day, however, being most anxious to get supplies, they renewed the attack, and had taken possession of a ridge commanding the line of advance of the convoy. The 16th Lancers detachment charged with great dash and compelled them to retreat. It was in this charge that 2nd Lieut. Younger "while gallantly leading his men" was mortally wounded, dying almost immediately. He is buried close to where he fell. A chancel screen, a brass tablet in a slab of granite, and a stained glass window have been erected to his memory in St. John’s Church, Alloa. The tablet bears the inscription: "In loving memory of 2nd Lieut. E. J. Younger, 16th Queen’s Lancers, killed in action near Calvinia, Cape Colony, on Dec. 23rd, 1901, in his twentieth year. Erected by his Brother Officers."

Last updated: 3 August, 2009

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