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DOVER BOER WAR (SOUTH AFRICAN) MEMORIAL

Boer War - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2006

The memorial is in the form of a marblke tablet, set within in ornate frame, within the church of St. Mary the Virgin, Cannon Street, Dover. The plaque has carved leaves interwined as a surround and a single squared inset at the top which has leaves with three shields containing at the top three lions, to the left a ship in front of three castles and to the right a castle with a horse. The left and right shields are probably those associated with Dover. Centered between these shields is a carved medal similar to the Victoria Cross. There are 20 names listed by rank, date of death and their Regiment. These have been sorted into alphabetical order here for ease of reading.

VILLE ET PORTUS DOVER

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF
THE OFFICERS AND MEN CONNECTED WITH THIS
BOROUGH, MEMBERS OF THE IMPERIAL FORCES WHO AT
THE CALL OF DUTY LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES FOR SOVEREIGN
AND COUNTRY IN THE WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902

ARNOLD

E T

Private 5603, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Wounded 10th March 1900 at Driefontein. Died of disease 4th April 1900 at Bloemfontein. See also Canterbury Boer War Memorial

BARTON

E G

Trooper, 3rd, Dragoon Guards. Died of fever 5th May 1902

BEAUMONT

E

Lance Corporal 1120, Imperial Light Infantry. Died of fever 4th April 1901 at Newcastle (date listed elsewhere as 3rd March 1901 - other date is more probable)

BEER

C

Private 2125, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Accidentally shot dead by sentry at Brugspruit 8th December 1900, died 9th December 1900. See also Canterbury Boer War Memorial

BELL

[Reginald] William

[Listed on the memorial as 'Died of fever 11th January 1900'] Lieutenant, Royal Engineers. Died of eneteric 11th Febvruary 1900 at De Aar. Aged 25, born April 1874, Eldest son of Rev. W. Bell, vicar of Cranbrook, late Headmaster of Dover College.

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

Bell. - Lieut. Reginald William Bell, Royal Engineers, died of enteric Feb. 11th, 1900, at De Aar. He was the eldest son of Rev. W. Bell, vicar of Cranbrook, late Headmaster of Dover College. Lieut. Bell was born in April, 1874, and educated at Dover College, where he was captain of the Football XV. At the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, he played for the Academy, and also for the R.E. at Chatham. He was a keen sportsman and a good horseman. He entered the Royal Engineers, July, 1893, being promoted lieut. 1896. He was stationed at Gibraltar in 1899, and went from there to South Africa in Nov., and served in Cape Colony.

See also Chatham South Africa Memorial

BOWLES

G A

Corporal 7252, 1st Volunteer Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of disease at Winburg 5th March 1901. See also Canterbury Boer War Memorial

DAVIDSON

Francis Coventry Dudfield

[Listed on memorial as The King's Own.] Lieutenant, Royal Lancaster Regiment. Wounded on the Tugela and died of those wounds 23rd February 1900. Aged 25, born August 1874. Son of Lieut-Colonel C.M. Davidson, of His Majesty's Body Guard (ex-4th King's Own Regiment and Royal Munster Fusiliers), of Dover.

ELTON

Erle Godfrey

[Listed as 11th December 1900 on memorial] Captain, 2nd Battalion, Royal Highlanders (Black Watch). Killed in action 11th December 1899 at Magersfontein. Aged 30, born June 1869. Son of Colonel F.C. Elton (Royal Artillery).

ELWIN

E W

Private, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died of fever 1st December 1901. Also commemorated on RAMC Memorial, Gun Hill, Aldershot.

HALKE

A

[Listed as 2nd Battalion in The Boer War Casualty Roll 1899-1902] Private 7282, 1st Volunteer Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Died of disease at Bloemfontein 12th July 1900. See also Canterbury Boer War memorial

HATTON

T

Private 3413, Mounted Infantry Company, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action in Orange River Colony 27th April 1901. See also Canterbury Boer War memorial

HEBELER

B A

Trooper, Northumberland Yeomanry. Killed in action 18th February 1901

KILIAN

A J

Private, Coldstream Guards. Died of fever 27th February 1901

KINGSFORD

W H

Private, Army Ordnance Corps. Died of fever 10th December 1901

MOORE

Charles Roland

[Listed as Lieutenant on memorial] Second Lieutenant, Royal Munster Fusiliers. Killed in action 25th May 1901 at Mooitfontein. Aged 20, born January 1881. Son of Colonel Francis Moore (8th Foot and Royal Munster Fusiliers).

PARSONS, MRCS, LRCP

C C

Doctor, attached 21st Field Hospital. Died of fever 3rd December 1900

PARSONS, V.C.

Francis Newton

Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment. Killed in action 10th March 1900 at Driefontein. Aged 25, born March 1875. Son of Dr. Charles Parsons, of Dover. Educated Dover College. Won the VC at Paardeburg for going to the aid of a wounded soldier under heavy fire; he was killed shortly after.

Victoria Cross (V.C.) - On 18 February 1900 at the Battle of Paardeberg, South Africa, a private of The Essex Regiment was wounded and while trying to take cover was wounded again. Lieutenant Parsons went to his assistance, dressed his wounds under heavy fire, fetched water from the river nearby, still under heavy fire, and then carried him to a place of safety. The lieutenant was killed in action a short time later.

SPAIN

C E

Corporal 22596, Commander-in-Chief's Bodyguard. Wounded 27th March 1901 near Vaalbank and died of those wounds the same day.

SPINK

J

Private, West Riding Regiment. Died of fever 11th June 1900

WATTS

A H

Staff Sergeant, Army Service Corps. Died of fever 9th March 1901

Last update 22 April, 2011

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