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ST CUTHBERT'S, DARLINGTON BOER WAR MEMORIAL

Compiled and copyright © Transcribed Anonymous; Researched Martin Edwards 2004

The memorial is split by those who died and those who served. The memorial was unveiled on 5 August 1905 by Lord Roberts.

Pictures taken from old postcards

THIS MEMORIAL
WAS ERECTED BY 5576
SUBSCRIBERS AS A TRIBUTE TO
THE MEMORY OF THE BRAVE MEN
OF DARLINGTON WHO VOLUNTEERED AND SERVED
THE EMPIRE IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR
1899-1902

ERECTED BY THE OFFICERS, N.C.O’S AND MEN
OF THE BATTALION

Killed In Action
LUCK CS
Sergeant, N.H. Imperial Yeomanry
WILSON John Gerald

Colonel, 3rd Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Of Cliffe.

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

Wilson. - Col. John Gerald Wilson, C.B., commanding 3rd Batt. York and Lancaster Regt., died March 8th, 1902, of wounds received in action between Tweebosch and Palmietkuil the previous day. He was the eldest son of the late Richard Bassett Wilson, Esq., of Cliffe, by his marriage with Anne, daughter of the late William Fitzgerald, Esq., of Adelphi, co. Glare. Col. Wilson was born in 1841, and educated at Cheltenham. He joined the 84th Regt. in 1858 from the Royal Military College as an ensign. After the death of his father in 1867, and his succession to the family estate of Cliffe Hall, Piercebridge, Darlington, he retired from the army as a capt., but subsequently accepted a commission in the volunteer force, and in 1873 was appointed to the command of the 1st North Yorkshire Rifle Volunteers. From the latter he was transferred in 1883 to the command of the 3rd West Yorkshire Militia, now the 3rd Batt. York and Lancaster Regt., and in 1889 he was appointed to the command of the West Yorkshire Volunteer Brigade. He was awarded the C.B. on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee of Her late Majesty Queen Victoria in 1897, and was hon. col. of the 2nd Volunteer Batt. Prince of Wales’s West Yorkshire Regt. His battalion was first embodied in Dec., 1899, being disembodied after twelve months’ service. It was again embodied in Dec., 1901, and volunteering for active service proceeded to South Africa. In the course of the war, Col. Wilson lost a brother (Col. Richard B. Wilson) and a son (2nd Lieut. Richard B. Wilson). The name of Col. J. G. Wilson is inscribed on the Eleanor Cross War Memorial erected at Cheltenham College.

Died of Wounds or Sickness
DENTON JC
Corporal, N.H. Imperial Yeomanry
IANSON TT
Trooper 2806, South African Constabulary. Died of enteric at Boshof 6th March 1902.
IDDISON W
Trooper 3350, South African Constabulary. Died of disease at Bloemfontein 20th January 1902.
LAWRIE FA
Corporal 1761, South African Constabulary. Died of disease at Sydenham 23rd January 1902.
LAWRIE H McNiel
Trooper, Bethune’s Mounted Infantry. Died of enteric at Modder Spruit 9th June 1900.
PATTISON AS
Trooper, N.H. Imperial Yeomanry
WILSON RB

Lieutenant, Imperial Yeomanry. Of Cliffe

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

Wilson. - Lieut. Richard Bassett Wilson, 3rd Batt. I.Y., died at Rustenburg on July 26th, 1900, of wounds received in action five days previously at Oliphant’s Nek. He was the eldest son of Col. John Gerald Wilson, C.B., commanding 3rd Batt. York and Lancashire Regt. He was born in 1874, and educated at Eton (Mr. Broadbent’s) and New College, Oxford. He entered the Yorkshire Hussars (Princess of Wales’s Own) Yeomanry Cavalry in Jan., 1900, and joining the I.Y. as lieut. went to South Africa on the 26th of the same month. Lieut. Wilson was a barrister, having been called to the bar on the day of his departure. A tablet has been erected to his memory in York Minster by his brother officers of the Princess of Wales’s Own Yorkshire Hussars as a token of their sincere affection.

Served
ABRAM F
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
ARMSTRONG JL
Trooper, South African Constabulary
ATKINSON ET
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
BACKHOUSE, DSO Miles Roland Charles

Captain, Imperial Yeomanry DSO

Extract from ‘Distinguished Service Order 1886-1915’ publish by Naval and Military Press

BACKHOUSE, MILES ROLAND CHARLES, Capt., was born 24 Nov. 1878, at the Rookery, Middleton Nyas, Yorkshire, son of Sir Jonathan E. Backhouse, Bart., and Florence, daughter of Sir John S. Trelawny, 9th Baronet (all deceased). He was educated at Eton, and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and became Second Lieutenant, Northumberland Hussars (Yeomanry Cavalry) in April, 1897. He was employed in the 14th Yeomanry Squadron, Imperial Yeomanry, South Africa, from Jan. to the end of the war, in which he served as Lieutenant from Jan. 1900, to April, 1901, and was then promoted Captain (Honorary), and given command of a squadron. He was severely wounded; mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 29 July, 1902]; received the Queen’s Medal with three clasps; the King’s Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order ondon Gazette, 31 Oct. 1902]: “Miles Roland Charles Backhouse, Capt., 5th Battn. Imperial Yeomanry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa.” He married, 3 Sept. 1904, at Dunston, Norwich, Olive, second daughter of Geoffrey Fowell Buxton and Mary, daughter of the Honourable and Rev. John Harbord, and they have three sons : Roger Trelawny, born 5 Sept. 1905 Jonathan, born 16 March, 1907 ; Wilfrid Jasper, born 28 July, 1913, and one daughter. Patricia, born 23 April, 1911. He was promoted Major, and retired from the Territorial Force 27 June, 1903. He served in the European War from 1914-19 : went out with, the Northumberland Hussars, as Second-in-Command, Oct. 1914 : in command, Feb. to May, 1915 commanded time North Somerset Yeomanry, Sept. 1915, to March, 1917 commanded the 8th Battn. Yorkshire Regt. 1 Oct. 191, to Jan. 1919. He is now Lieutenant-Colonel in the Territorial Force Reserve. He was mentioned in Despatches four times : June, 1915 ; Jan. 1917 June, 1918 ; March, 1919, and awarded a Bar to the Distinguished Service Order, for services in operations on the Piave, Italy, in Sept. and Oct. 1918 [London Gazette, 18 Nov. 1918].

BELL AE
Farrier, Imperial Yeomanry
BENSON RW
Corporal, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
BINKS T
Trooper, South African Constabulary
BODDINGTON T
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
BOWES H
Captain, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
BOWMAN W
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
BROWNBRIDGE E
Private, 1st Volunteer Company, Durham Light Infantry served with 2nd B.N.F.
BROWNLESS E
Trooper, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry who served with South African Constabulary
BROWNLESS WE
Trooper, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry who served with South African Constabulary
BURNS C
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
BYERS JC
Sergeant, Imperial Yeomanry
CHAPMAN W
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
CLARKE EW
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
COATES W
Lieutenant, Imperial Yeomanry
COLLING A
Trooper, South African Constabulary
CURRY J
Trooper, South African Constabulary
DAVIDGE EJ
Sergeant, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry who served with South African Constabulary
DIXON JH
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
DONNISON FW
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
DOUGLAS AM
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
DOWSON J
Corporal, Protectorate Regt served with Prince Of Wales’s Light Horse
DRUMMOND JE
Trooper, Roberts’ Light Horse served with Prince Of Wales’s Light Horse
ELGEY ME
Corporal, 1st, Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
ELSTON CM
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
ENSOR H
Lieutenant, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
FORSTER JC
Trooper, South African Constabulary
FOSTER J
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
FRENCH G
Private, 1st Volunteer Company, Durham Light Infantry served with 2nd B.N.F.
GILL N
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
GILL WH
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
GOLDSBOROUGH A
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
HALL J
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
HARPER T
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
HARRISON R
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
HEARFIELD A
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
HENDERSON A
Private, 1st Volunteer Company, Durham Light Infantry served with 2nd B.N.F.
HILSTON CO
Trooper, BMR served with Prince Of Wales’s Light Horse
HOGG E
Sergeant, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
HOGG WC
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
HOPKINS JRL
Lance Corporal, Imperial Yeomanry
HOSKINS EC
Corporal, Imperial Yeomanry
HUDDART J
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
IRWING A
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
JAMESON R
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
JAQUES FW
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
KENNAUGH JA
Trooper, 1st, Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
KING JT
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
LAYBOURN J
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
LAYTON FH
Corporal, Imperial Yeomanry
LONGSTAFF W
Trooper, South African Constabulary
MacCULLOCH A
Trooper, 1st, Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
MARSHALL HR
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
MARTIN F
Trooper, 1st, Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
MAYNARD E
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
McCLEOD W
Sergeant, Imperial Yeomanry
McDERMOTT T
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
MILBURN S
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
MITCHELL RW
Trooper, South African Constabulary
MURRAY HP
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
NOBLE JT
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
NORTHALL JH
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
OVERTON AE
Trooper, South African Constabulary
PEACOCK JR
Private, 1st Volunteer Company, Durham Light Infantry served with C.C.C.
PORTERFIELD JA
Army PO Corps (680) served with Prince Of Wales’s Light Horse
PRIESIMAN WJ
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
PROUDFOOT RD
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
PUTNAM WH
Lieutenant, Imperial Yeomanry
ROBINSON A
Corporal, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
ROBINSON E
Trooper, South African Constabulary
SHERIFF E
Sergeant, 1st Volunteer Company, Durham Light Infantry served with 2nd B.N.F.
SMITH RP
Trooper, South African Constabulary
SMYTHE JF
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
STABLER G
Trooper, 1st, Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
STURGEON B
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
SUMMERBELL F
Corporal, Imperial Yeomanry
SWARBRECK JD
Lieutenant, Imperial Yeomanry
TAYLOR AR
Lieutenant, Imperial Yeomanry
TAYLOR FW
Trooper, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry who served with South African Constabulary
TEMPLE WS
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
TENNANT PH
Private, 1st Volunteer Company, Durham Light Infantry served with 2nd B.N.F.
THORNTON 1
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
THORNTON A
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
TIMMS ER
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
WALKINSON JW
Trooper, South African Constabulary
WARWICK CN
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
WARWICK FS
Lieutenant, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
WATSON E
Private, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Durham Light Infantry served with 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry
WATSON PE
Sergeant, Imperial Yeomanry
WATSON R
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
WILSON HR
Trooper, Imperial Yeomanry
WINZAR  
Staff Sergeant Major, South African Constabulary

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