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Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards & Mick Tilley 2007

The memorial is to be found on River Walk, Tonbridge. It takes the form of an obelisk mounted on a plinth on a single-stepped base surrounded by metal railings; there are four balls at each corner of the base of the obelisk and the town coat of arms at the front. The main inscriptions are on a bronze plate on the front of the memorial. The memorial was unveiled in June 1902 by General Sir Redvers Buller. The masons were Messrs Alex MacDonald & Co, the architect Mr Herbert Gamble and the foundry Messrs Hart, Son, Peras and Co. Lt. There are 24 names listed. For ease of research the names have been sorted into alphabetical order here.

Photograph Copyright © John Ruck 2007
Photograph Copyright © Mick Tilley 2007

by friends to the
memory of those whose
names are inscribed below.
Townsmen of Tonbridge
Old Boys of Tonbridge School
They loyally gave their lives for Queen
and Country and fighting in the War against the Boers helped to save
south Africa for the Empire
"Their bodies are buried in peace
Their name liveth for evermore"


Arthur T

Private 8047, 15th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Missing in action at Heilbron 7th June 1900, later rejoined. Severely wounded at Modderfontein 31st January 1901, died of those wounds 15th February 1901.


Frederick S

Private 5708, 2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Killed in action 19th November 1900 at Balmoral.



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Private 2930, 2nd Battalion, Dorsetshire Regiment. Died of disease 6th April 1900 at Ladysmith.



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Henry H

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George E

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Walter John Cumberlege

[Listed as Lieutenant on memorial] Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Died at Kimberley 18th October 1899. Born 26th November 1879.

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

Fletcher. - 2nd Lieut. Walter John Cumberlege Fletcher, 1st Batt. Loyal North Lancashire Regt., died at Kimberley, Oct. 18th, 1899. He was born Nov. 26th, 1879, educated at Tonbridge School, and entered his Regiment from the Militia May, 1899. He then joined the 1st battalion in Capetown, and proceeded to Kimberley in October with the wing of his battalion, which was sent there to assist in holding the town. He was the first officer to die during the war.



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[Listed as Captain on memorial] Lieutenant, 3rd Hussars (Kings' Own). Wounded at Rietfontein, 30th May 1900, died of those wounds 21st June 1900 at Johannesburg. Aged 28. Born June 1872. Son of the late Augustus Kortright, of Fryerning, Essex.





George Evan

[Listed as Colonel on memorial] Lieutenant Colonel commanding 1st Battalion, West Riding Regiment. Killed in action 29th November 1900 at Rhenoster Kop, North­East of Bronkhorst Spruit. Aged 45. Born October 1855. Eldest son of the Rev. Prebendary Rhys Lloyd and Anna Lloyd of Troedvrawr Rectory, Cardiganshire. Educated at Tonbridge School. Awarded the Distibguished Service Order (D.S.O.). Buried in Rhenoster Kop, North­East of Bronkhorst Spruit.

Extracts from The Last Post - Roll of Officers who fell in South Africa 1899-1902 by Mildred G Doonerand The VC and DSO Book Volume II The Distinguished Service Order 1886-1915, both published by Naval and Military Press .

LLOYD, GEORGE EVAN, Capt., was born in 1855, son of the Rev. Rhys Thomas Lloyd (brother of the 1st Baronet, of Bronwydd, Cardiganshire), and of Anna, daughter of Lewis Lloyd, Esq., of Nantgwilt, co. Radnor. He served in the Afghan War, 1878-79 (Medal and clasp). For his services in the SudanCampaign in 1855-6, he was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order London Gazette, 26 Nov. 1886. “George Evan Lloyd, Capt. and Brevet Major, South Yorkshire Regt. For action at Ginniss.” The Insignia of the Order were presented to him by Queen Victoria.He became Major, South Staffordshire Regt., and was attached to the Egyptian Army, with the temporary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He held the 3rd Class Medjidie. Lieut.-Colonel G. E. Lloyd died on 29 Nov 1900.

Lloyd. - Lieut.-Col. George Evan Lloyd, D.S.O., commanding the 1st Batt. West Riding Regt., was killed in Major-Gen. Paget’s action at Rhenoster Kop, North­East of Bronkhorst Spruit, Nov. 29th, 1900. He was the eldest son of the Rev. Prebendary Lloyd, Troedvrawr Rectory, Cardiganshire. He was born Oct., 1855, and educated at Tonbridge School. He entered the 70th Foot from the Royal East Middlesex Militia, 1876, transferred to the South Yorkshire Regt. as lieut. Dec., 1876, to the Yorkshire Light Infantry as capt. June, 1883, promoted brevet-major June, 1885, major in the South Staffordshire Regt. Nov., 1890, lieut.-col. on half-pay Nov., 1896, and was given the command of 1st Batt. West Riding Regt. in June, 1897. Lieut.-Col. Lloyd served with the 51st Light Infantry in the Jowaki Expedition, 1877, receiving the medal with clasp. He saw service with the same Regiment in the Afghan War, 1878-79, and was present at the attack and capture of Ali Musjid, for which he received the medal with clasp. He was in the Nile Expedition, 1884-85 as commandant at Tangur, mentioned in despatches, L.G., Aug. 25th, 1885, and received the brevet of major, the medal with clasp and Khedive’s star, and the Fourth Class of the Order of the Medjidie. His next experience of active service was with the Soudan Frontier Field Force, 1885-87, including the engagements at Giniss (mentioned in despatches, L.G., Feb. 9th, 1886), and granted the D.S.O. He was present at the action at Sarras, mentioned in despatches, L.G., June 17th, 1887, and was granted the Third Class of the order of the Medjidie. He took part in the operations near Suakin, Dec., 1888, including the engagement at Gemaizah, mentioned in despatches, L.G., Jan. 11th, 1889 (clasp); and in the operations in 1889, including the engagement at Toski, mentioned in despatches, L.G., Sept. 6th, 1889 (clasp). He served with the Dongola Expeditionary Force under Lord (then Sir Herbert) Kitchener in 1896 in command of a field column, which he had organised from the Suakin and Tokar garrisons, was mentioned in des-patches, promoted to be lieut.-col., and granted the medal; and received the Second Class of the Order of the Medjidie for service under the Egyptian Government. He proceeded to South Africa, Dec., 1899, and commanded his battalion throughout the war, including the relief of Kimberley, battle of Paardeberg, and the advance on Bloemfontein and into the Transvaal. There is an interesting account of Lieut.-Col. Lloyd’s death in “My Reminiscences of the War,” by Gen. Ben Viljoen. This Boer general thus describes it: “A brave officer who had one of his legs smashed, leant on a gun or his sword, and kept on giving his orders and cheering the soldiers and telling them to charge on. While in this position a second bullet struck him, and he fell mortally wounded.” There is a picture in this book entitled, “Battle of Rhenoster Kop. How Col. Lloyd died.” A few months later Gen. Ben Viljoen’s Burghers, when passing this battlefield and Lieut.-Col. Lloyd’s grave, laid a wreath of flowers on the spot where he lies with the words “In memory of a brave enemy” Lieut.-Col. Lloyd was mentioned in despatches, L.G., Feb. 8th, and Sept. 10th, 1901, this latter making the seventh occasion during his career. He was awarded the C.B.



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possibly Henry Wright MASTERMAN, Captain, 3rd Battalion, Welsh Regiment/ Died of Malaria at Prieska 28th November 1900. Aged 25. Born July 1975. Son of T.W. Masterman, of Rotherfield, Sussex.


Joseph R

possibly J MUNDAY, Private, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died. Commemorated in All Saints Church, Maidstone.



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possibly A J TOLHURST, Sapper, Royal Engineers. Died. Commemorated on Royal Engineers Memorial Chatham, Kent



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possibly F S WILCOX, Private 6885, 2nd Volunteer Company, Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment). Died 15th December 1902. Buried in Colesburg Cemetery, SA Grave No. 27



Lieutenant possibly Richard Clare WILTSHIRE, Second Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. Died of illness 21st March 19801 at Kimberley. Aged 21. Born October 1879. Son of C.P.B. Wiltshire (Indian Civil Service), of London.

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