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Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire Boer War Memorial

Boer War - Detailed information
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Copyright © Dave Edwards 2001

The Huntingdon Boer War memorial is on the corner of George Street and High Street, next to All Saints Church Yard in Huntingdon. It takes the form of a square base supporting six columns with hexagonal arches and a hexagonal roof with a lantern on top with a glit cross. Under the roff is a figure of St George which is a scale model of a statue by Donatello in Florence. There are 38 names listed by surname, rank, Regiment and forename. The memorial was unveiled on 23rd October, 1903, by Field Marshalll Lord Grenfell. THe monies to build the memorial were raised by public subscription; the architects were Mr Edgar W Davies and Mr Alex J S Scott-Gatty and the sculptor Signor Gulielmo Tosi. Places of residence listed below were taken from the reports of the unveiling ceremony in the 'Hunts Post' and 'Hunts County News' of 31st October, 1903. There are further plaques within All Saints (3 names) and St Mary's (3 names) Churches whose details have been added here. The names have been sorted into alphabetical order here for ease of reading and research.

Photographs Copyright © Terry Turner 2008

DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI

ERECTED TO THE MEMORY
OF THE HUNTINGDONSHIRE MEN WHO DIED IN
THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR 1899 - 1902

SOLDIER
REGIMENT
RESIDENCE
ASHPOLE

John

Private 2459, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Severely wounded 27 December 1900, died of wounds 28 December 1900 at Britstown. Details appeared in Peterborough & Huntingdon Standard 1st March 1900 under non-commisisoned men. He is Listed as Lance Corporal G ASHPOLE in 'The Boer War Casualty Roll 1899-1902' by Alexander Palmer. Also appears on the Bedford Boer War Memorial and the Bedford St Paul's Regimental Boer War memorial.

Great Paxton

AYRES

Arthur

Corporal 3379, 5th Dragoon Guards. Died of enteric 26th May 1900 at Ladysmith. Details appeared in Peterborough & Huntingdon Standard 1st March 1900 and "The South African Casualty Roll, The Natal Field Force 20th Oct 1899 - 26 Oct 1900" available from Naval & Military Press

Huntingdon

BROWN

George Eli

Rifleman 6081, 3rd Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died of pneumonia 27th August 1900 at Standerton. Buried at Standaerton.

Huntingdon

BUTLER

Reuben

Sapper 3099, 5th Company, Royal Engineers. Died of disease 30th March 1902 at Machadodorp. Buried at Machadodorp. Also commemorated on Royal Engineers Memorial Chatham, Kent

St Ives

CAVENDISH

(Honourable) Charles William Hugh

Lieutenant, 17th Lancers. Killed in action at Diamond Hill, near Pretoria, 11th June 1900. Aged 21. 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.

Also commemorated on Coombe Hill, Wendover, Burton Latimer Boer War, and Peterborough Cathedral Memorial. Also on the memorial in Northampton Cathedral - "To the Glory of God and in memory of Brave Men, inhabitants of this County and neighbourhood, who gave their lives for their Sovereign and Country during the War in South Africa 1899-1902, the Western Window of this Cathedral was filled with stained glass, AD 1903........ 17th (Duke of Cambridge's Own) Lancers, 2nd Lieut. The Hon. C.W.H. Cavendish ........"

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

Burton Latimer

COOKE

Albert Henry

5th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps

St Ives

COWLEY

Edward

Army Medical Service

Grafham

EASTON

William

Private 3683, 1st Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. Killed in action near Kleinfontein 24th October 1901. Buried at Zeerust. Also listed as Lance Corporal in Peterborough & Huntingdon Standard 1st Qtr 1900.

Needingworth

ELMER

Arthur James

Private 6431, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Also commemorated on Bedford Boer War Memorial and the Bedford St Paul's Regimental Boer War memorial.

Great Staughton

EVANS

William

Rifleman, 5th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps.

Great Staughton

FEARY

Benjamin

Private 864, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. died of disease 28th July 1900 at Pretoria. Buried at Pretoria. Grave 217. Also commemorated on Bedford Boer War Memorial and the Bedford St Paul's Regimental Boer War memorial.

Woodhurst

FLOWERS

Henry

Private 43130, 34th Company, 4th (Hunts. Volunteer) Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died of disease at sea aboard SS Assaye 23rd May 1902. Buried at sea. See also Ramsey St Mary Memorial

Ramsey

GILLIAT

Lionel Howard

Lieutenant, 16th Lancers. Died of enteric at Barberton 23rd September 1900. Aged 19. Born October 1880. Buried in Braberton Graveyard, Grave 127. Also commemorated in Peterborough Cathedral and St Peter's Church, Eaton Square.

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

Gilliat. - Lieut. Lionel Howard Gilliat, 16th Lancers, died of enteric, at Barberton, Sept. 23rd, 1900. He was born Oct., 1880, educated at Eton (Mr. Impey’s), and entered the 16th Lancers from the 5th Batt. King’s Royal Rifle Corps Jan., 1900, being promoted lieut. the following July. He had served in the 5th Batt. King’s Royal Rifle Corps from Oct., 1897. A tablet to his memory has been erected by his brother officers in St. Peter’s Church, Eaton Square.

Abbots Ripton

GOODLIFE William

[Spelt GOODLIFFE and GOODLIFF elsewhere] Private 4972, 38th (Buckinghamshire) Company, 10th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. died of enteric 26th January 1901 at Kimberley. Aged 31. Church of England. Buried in West End Cemetery, Kimberley. Commemorated on a brass plaque in Huntingdon All Saints church. Also commemorated on Coombe Hill, Wendover, Buckinghamshire and Peterborough Cathedral Memorials. Listed in Peterborough & Huntingdon Standard 1st March 1900

Huntingdon

HARDWICK

Henry

Private 4774, 19th Hussars (Queen Alexandras Own Royal). Died of disease 31st October 1901 at Middelburg. Buried at Middelburg.

St Neots

HENSMAN

Arthur George

Corporal 4438, 2nd Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died of enteric fever at Ladysmith, 18th February 1900. Son of George and Sarah (nee Fisher) Hensman, married 1864 in Godmanchester. He was born at Sutton, Cambridgeshire and in 1881 he was living with his family in St Neots. Buried Intombi Cemetery, Ladysmith, South Africa.

St Neots

HILL

Thomas

Private 5120, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died of disease 18th April 1901 at Wynberg, Cape Town. Buried in Wynberg, Cape Town, St John's Cemetry. Also listed on the Peterborough Cathedral Memorial.

Sawtry

HOLMES

Edward

5th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps.

Somersham

HOPKINS

Daniel William

Private, Damant's Horse. Wounded 20th December 1901, near Tafelkop, Frankfort District, and later died of those wounds

Fenstanton

HUBBARD

Arthur

Private 6746, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of disease 19th May 1901 at Harrismith. Buried in Harrismith Town Cemtery. Church of Englasnd grave. Also commemorated in Ramsey St Mary Chuch.

Ramsey

JEFFS Arthur Henry

2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Commemorated on a brass plaque in Huntingdon All Saints church

Huntingdon

LANGFORD

Charles

Private 11989, Royal Army Medical Service. Died of disease 28th March 1900 at Bloemfontein. Buried in President Avenue Cemetry. Bloemfontein. Also commemorated on RAMC Memorial, Gun Hill, Aldershot.

Yaxley

McCROW

Thomas James

[Listed elsewhere as J McCROW] Staff Sergeant 5024, 30th or 38th Company, Army Service Corps. Died of disease 30th January 1900 at Sterkstroom. Buried at Sterksroom. Peterborough & Huntingdon Standard listed him as resident Hemingford Grey.

St Ives

NIXON

Charles F

Lance Corporal 321, London City Imperial Volunteers. Died of disease 2nd June 1900 at Kroonstad. Buried in Noirth Road Cemtery, Kroonstad. Grave 712.

Abbots Ripton

NORMAN

Samuel

Trooper 1218, 2nd Life Guards. Died of enteric fever at Springfontein 30th May 1900. Buried at Springfontein.

St Neots

NUNN

James W

[Listed as NUNNS on memorial] Gunner 20572, 7th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died of enteric 4th April 1900 at Sundays River. Buried in Elandslaagte Naval Cemetery.

Earith

RAY

John

Rifleman 184, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Killed in action 27th February 1900 at Tugela Heights, Harts Hill. Buried at Tugela Heights, Harts Hill.

Woodstone

RINGROW

Arthur

Trooper 88, Kimberley Mounted Corps (Kimberly Light Horse). Killed in action 3rd August 1900 at Matjavis Station.

Alconbury

SANDIFER

James John

Private 6550, 2nd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment. Died of disease 23rd June 1900 at Noupoort. Buried at Noupoort. Listed in Peterborough & Huntingdon Standard 1st Qtr 1900. Also listed on plaque in Bury Church, Huntingdonshire.

Godmanchester

SAUNDERS

George

Rifleman, 3rd Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Little Stukeley

SLACK

Isaac

[Listed as J SLACK in some documents] Rifleman 6870, 2nd Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died of enteric 16th April 1900 at Estcourt, Convent. Buried at Estcourt.

Bury

SLADE Mark

Imperial Yeomanry. Commemorated on a brass plaque in Huntingdon All Saints church

Huntingdon

SMITH

George

Rifleman 931, 5th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died of enteric 3rd February 1901 at Standerton. Burdied at Standerton.

Stanground

TROLLEY

Arthur James

Private 5360, 1st Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Killed in action 22nd April 1900 at Leeuwkop. Buried at Leeuwkop.

Eynesbury

WAY

Arthur Strachan

Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion, Durham Light Infantry D.S.O. Killed in action at Tabaksberg 29th January 1901. Aged 24. Son of Rev. W.H. Bromley Way, late rector of Warboys, Hunts. Born 5th March 1876. He was educated at Marlborough College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and joined the 2nd. Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, at Poona, in January 1896. He served in South Africa from January 1900 to 29th January 1901 with the Mounted Infantry, and was killed in action on 29th January 1901. He was created a companion of the Distinguished Service Order (London Gazette, 27th September 1901): "Arthur Strachan Way, Lieut., Durham Light Infantry (deceased). In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa." The Insignia, Warrant and Statutes were sent to his father. His brother, Lieutenant-Colonel Bromley Way, Sherwood Foresters, writes of Lieutenant Way: "He went to South Africa with the Durham Light Infantry Company of the Burmah Mounted Infantry in January 1990; was mentioned for gallantry at Sanna's Post, and on subsequent occasions, and was killed in action 29th January 1901." Awarded DSO 1901 and QSA and 5 bars.

Warboys

WAYMAN

William

Corporal 5981, 1st Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action 31st October 1901 at Bakenlaagte. Buried in Germinston, Primrose. His story can be found on another page.

Offord Cluney

WELLS

Simon

2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards

Godmanchester

WIGGINS

Alfred

[Listed as 3rd Battalion in some documents] Rifleman 7437, 5th Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Died from wounds received 24th January 1900 at Spion Kop in Netley Hospital 16th November 1900. Buried in United Kingdom.

Huntingdon

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