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HAVERFORDWEST BOER WAR MEMORIAL

Boer War - Roll of Honour with detailed information
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Martin Edwards 2008

The memorial stands in the small garden at St Mary the Virgin Church, High Street Haverfordwest, Dyfed. It takes the form of a Celtic Cross made from Cornish granite. It was unveiled on 21st october 1904 by Lord Cawdor. The architect was Mr Arthur G Langdon, and the builder Mr J Nicholas; the memorial originally cost £480. The memorial had been refurbished several times in its history and was finally replaced in 1986. It was re-dedicated on 12th October 1986 after having been replaced at a cost of £3,000. There are 44 names listed on the memorial. For more detail of this memorial and other memorials in Pembrokeshire see the Pembrokeshire County War Memorial website.

From old postcards/photographs

THIS MEMORIAL
WAS RAISED
IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
PEMBROKESHIRE MEN
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR THE EMPIRE
DURING THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR
1899-1902


BULLIN

L G

Trooper 4158, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died of disease 5th November 1900 at Maitland, Capetown. Aged 18. Commemorated in Cape Town (Maitland) Cemetery, Cape Town, South Africa.

CORNISH

G

Trooper, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry

CRAPPER

A

Trooper, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died of disease at Norvals Pont 15th January 1902. Buried in Colesburg Cemetery, SA Grave No. 98. See also Swansea Memorial

CROPPER, DSO

Edward Denman

Lieutenant Colonel, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry, Died of pneumonia 29th March 1901. Son of Edward Cropper, of Swaylands, Kent. Awrded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) awarded 1901. Served in Zululand 1879 (medal, MID), South Africa 1881 (MID). Awarded the Albert Medal and Royal Humane Society Bronze medal for trying to save a man who fell from the steamship 'Idaho', off San Francisco 6th August 1878. Lieut-Colonel of the Pembroke Yeomanry Cavalry.

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

Cropper.—Lieut.-Col. Edward Denman Cropper, of the I.Y., and of the Pembroke Yeomanry Cavalry, died of pneumonia, March 29th, 1901, at 29, Wimpole Street, at the age of 46. He was the only son of the late Edward Cropper, Esq., Swaylands, Kent, and was educated at Eton (Mr. Day’s). He served in the Zulu War, 1879, as orderly officer to Sir Evelyn Wood, and was present in the engagement at Ulundi, being mentioned in despatches, L.G., Aug. 21st, 1879. Two years later he took part in the Boer War as orderly officer to Sir Evelyn Wood, when he was again mentioned in despatches. He was awarded the Albert medal of the Second Class and the bronze medal of the Royal Humane Society for attempting to save a man by jumping overboard from the steamship “Idaho” on the bar off San Francisco on Aug. 6th, 1878. He obtained his commission as capt. in the Pembroke Yeomanry, June, 1893, being subsequently granted the rank of hon. major, and since Feb., 1900, had been a capt. in the I.Y., serving with the 9th (Col. Howard’s) Batt., with the rank of capt. in the army. He was advanced to the rank of major and hon. lieut.-col. in the Pembroke Yeomanry in Jan., 1901. Lieut.-Col. Cropper was mentioned in despatches, L.G., Sept. 10th, 1901, and was granted the D.S.O.

Extract from The Distinguished Service Order Volume II published by Naval and Military Press

CROPPER, EDWARD DENMAN, Capt., served in the South African War, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 Sept. 1901]: Edward Penman Cropper, Capt., 9th Battn. Imperial Yeomanry. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa.” He died before he could be invested with the Insignia of the Order.

DAVIES

J J

Sergeant 4975, 1st Battalion, Welsh Regiment (41st Division). Died of disease 11th May 100 at Bloemfontein.

EVANS

S M

Trooper 20255, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Killed in action 20th December 1901 at near Tafelkop, Frankfort District. See also Swansea Memorial

FRANKS

E A

Trooper, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry

GRIFFITHS

T

[Listed as W GRIFFITHS on grave] Private 3185, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Killed in action at Belmont 23rd November 1899. Buried in West End Cemetery, Kimberley.

HYDE

W C

Trooper 15302, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Killed in action near Hammonia 27th December 1900. Buried at Senekal.

JAMES

C H

[Listed as 1st Battalion elsewhere] Trooper 28739, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died of disease at Brindsi 19th December 1901.

JAMES

T L

Trooper, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died of disease at Port Elizabeth 8th April 1901. Buried in South End Cemetery, Port Elizabeth.

JOHN

George

Able Seaman 181.755, H.M.S. Powerful. Present at the Defence of Ladysmith. Killed in action or died of wounds. Awarded QSA with one clasp for Ladysmith.

JONES

F W

Private 6610, 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards. Died of disease 27th August 1900 at Norvals Pont. Buried in Colesburg Cemetery, SA Grave No. 3.

JONES

S

Corporal 20020, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died of disease at Heilbron 26th February 1902. Aged 22. Buried in Heilbron Cemetery. See also Swansea Memorial

KENSINGTON

Lord William Edwardes

Captain, 2nd Life Guards. Wounded, Houtnek, 30th April 1900, died of wounds 24th June 1900 at Bloemfontein. Aged 31. Born July 1868. He was the 5th Baron Kensington.

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

Kensington.—Capt. Lord Kensington, 2nd Life Guards, died June 24th, 1900, at Bloemfontein, from wounds received at Houtnek, April 30th. William Edwardes, fifth Baron Kensington in the peerage of Ireland, and second Baron Kensington in the peerage of the United Kingdom, was born in July, 1868, and educated at Eton (Dr. Warre’s and Mr. Donaldson’s). He was the eldest son of the fourth baron, and entered the 2nd Life Guards from the 7th Batt. King’s Royal Rifle Corps, June, 1892, being promoted lieut. April, 1893, and capt. Feb., 1900. Lord Kensington succeeded his father in 1896, and was succeeded in the title by his brother, the Hon. Hugh Edwardes, D.S.O., who is a lient. in the 15th Hussars. He was a J.P. and D.L. for Pembrokeshire and a J.P. for Haverfordwest.

LAMBTON

Alexander Frederick

Captain, 1st Battalion, Highland Light Infantry (71st Division). Killed in action at Magersfontein 11th December 1899. Aged 30. Born January 1869. Son of Lieutenant-Colonel Francis William Lambton (Scots Guards), of Brownslade, Pembrokshire. (Brother below.) Commemorated on 1899-1902 Memorial, Kimberley West End Cemetery and buried there.

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

Lambton. - Alexander Frederick Lambton, 1st Batt. Highland Light Infantry, was killed in action at Magersfontein Dec. 11th, 1899. He was the second son of Lieut.-Col. Francis William Lambton, of Brownslade, Pembrokeshire, late Scots Guards, by his marriage with Lady Victoria Alexandrina Elizabeth, eldest daughter of John Frederick, second Earl of Cawdor. He was also grandson of William Henry Lambton, Esq., of Biddick Hall, Durham, brother of the first Earl of Durham. Capt. Lambton was born in Jan. 1869, and educated at Wellington, where he was in the Orange 1880-85, and during the latter year was a Prefect. He joined the Highland Light Infantry from the Royal Military College Aug., 1888, being promoted lieut. May, 1890, and capt. May, 1896. He took part in the occupation of Crete in 1898, including the affair of Sept. 6th, being mentioned in despatches, London Gazette, Jan. 24th, 1899. He embarked for South Africa in Oct. 1899, with his battalion, and joined the Kimberley Relief Force under Lieut.-Gen. Lord Methuen shortly before the battle of Magersfontein. His brother Lieut. Ronald Robert Lambton was killed with the 1st. Batt. Durham Light Infantry.

LAMBTON

Ronald Robert

Lieutenant, 1st Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. (68th Division). Died of wounds at Vryheid 17th September 1901. Aged 22. Born March 1879. Son of Lieutenant-Colonel Francis William Lambton (Scots Guards), of Brownslade, Pembrokshire. (Brother of above).

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

Lambton.-Lieut. Ronald Robert Lambton, 1st Batt. Durham Light Infantry (brother of Capt. Alexander Frederick Lambton, H.L.I. killed at Magersfontein), died of wounds received Sept. 17th, 1901, while serving near Vryheid with Major Gough's Column. He was the 6th son of Lieut.-Col. Francis William Lambton, of Brownslade, Pembroke, late Scots Guards, by his marriage with Lady Victoria Alexandrina Elizabeth, daughter of the second Earl of Cawdor. Lieut. Lambton was born in March, 1879, and educated at Wellington, where he was in the Orange, entered the Durham Light Infantry from the 3rd Batt. (Duke of Cambridge's Own) Middlesex Regt. May, 1899, and was promoted lieut. Nov. 1900. He went to South Africa with his battalion in Oct., 1899, which formed part of the Natal Field Force, was present at the battle of Colenso, and in the operations on the Tugela Jan. 12th and Feb. 6th, 1900, being severely wounded in the engagement at Vaal Kranz. He also took part in the advance through Northern Natal into the Transvaal. Lieut Lambton was mentioned in despatches by Gen. Lord Kitchener, Dec. 8th, 1901, for his "most gallant conduct in trying to repulse the boer attack." He is buried at Vryheid.

LEWIS

F J

Trooper, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry.

LEWIS

J

[Listed as Private in Roll of Honour of Imperial Forces] Corporal 3061, 2nd Battalion, Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry (32nd Division). Died of disease at Waterval Onder 27th January 1902. Buried at Waterval Onder.

LOCKWOOD

E

Sergeant 4358, 2nd Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (51st Division). Killed in action at Belfast 16th November 1900. Buried at Belfast.

MEYRICK

St John

Captain, Gordon Highlanders (75th Division). Killed in action near Johannesburg 30th May 1900. Aged 33. Born August 1866. Son of Sir Thomas Charlton-Meyrick, of Apley Castle, Shropshire.

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

Meyrick.—Capt. St. John Meyrick, Gordon Highlanders, was killed in action at Doornkop on May 30th, 1900, during Lieut.-Gen. Ian Hamilton’s operations near Johannesburg. He was the son of Sir Thomas Chariton-Meyrick, of Apley Castle, Shropshire, by his marriage with Mary Rhode, second daughter of Col. Frederick Hill, and niece of Rowland, second Viscount Hill. Capt. Meyrick was born in Aug., 1866, and educated at Cheam School, Eton (Mr. Durnford’s), and Trinity College, Cambridge. He entered the Gordon Highlanders from the 3rd. Batt. Cheshire Regt., Dec., 1886, being promoted capt. in 1897. For three years he acted as extra A.D.C., and for two years as A.D.C. to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. When war broke out Capt. Meyrick was serving at the depot of his Regiment at Aberdeen, but proceeded to South Africa in Feb. 1900. On rejoining his battalion he took part in the advance on Johannesburg, in the brigade under Major-Gen. Smith-Dorrien. The day he was killed at Doornkop, Capt. Meyrick was leading his company to attack the Boer position; and Sir A. Conan Doyle mentions that his “splendid corps, the Gordons, lost nearly a hundred men in their advance over the open.”

MORRIS

G A

Trooper 1144, "B" Division, South African Constabulary. Killed in action 28th November 1901 at Zoutpans Drift.

NICHOLAS

J

Private 5134, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of enteric 26th April 1900 at Bloemfontein. Buried in President Avenue Cemetery, Bloemfontein.

POWELL

J

Rifleman 7763 , 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own). Killed in action at Vlakfontein, Kaap River, 9th October 1900. Buried at Standerton.

PROTHEROE

F S

Sergeant Major 4162, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died of disease at Springfontein 26th May 1901. Buried at Springfontein.

REES

B Skone

Lance Corporal, 5th Dragoon Guards. [There is a J REES, Lance Corporal, 5th Dragoon Guards. Died of enteric 10th January 1900 at Ladysmith; detail taken from The South African Casualty Roll, The Natal Field Force 20th Oct 1899 - 26 Oct 1900 available from Naval & Military Press]

REES

W J

Sergeant 7323, 1st Volunteer Battalion, Welsh Regiment. Died of enteric 10th January 1900 at Ladysmith. Buried in the Town Cemetery, Ladysmith.

RICHARDS

E

Trooper, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died

RICHARDS

J

Acting Bombardier 34112, 81st Battery, Royal Field Artillery [Listed as 8oth Battery on memorial RA memorial]. Died of disease at Ermelo 7th March 1902. Buried at Ermelo. Listed on Royal Artillery Memorial, London. Name appears in the Royal Artillery South African Memorial Service Booklet.

ROBINSON

S J

Gunner 31636, No 2 Company, Western Division (now No 100 Company), Royal Garrison Artillery. Drowned at Ladysmith 31st March 1900. Buried in the Town Cemetery, Ladysmith. Listed on Royal Artillery Memorial, London. Name appears in the Royal Artillery South African Memorial Service Booklet.

ROGERS

R P

Trooper, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died.

SAMBROOK

D J

Colour Sergeant, Welsh Regiment (41st Division). Died.

SKONE

G H

Gunner, No 6 Company, Western Division (now No 101 Company), Royal Garrison Artillery. Listed on Royal Artillery Memorial, London. Name appears in the Royal Artillery South African Memorial Service Booklet.

SPAN

E G M

Trooper/Private 3161, Cape Mounted Rifles. Killed 4th March 1900 at Labuschagnes Nek.

SUMMERS

A B

Lance Corporal 4113, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died of disease at Winburg 11th October 1900. Buried in Jac Coetzer Street Cemetery, Winburg.

THOMAS

Evan

[Also listed as J Thomas in some documents] Private 4973, 2nd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Died of disease at Standerton 4th April 1901. Buried at Standerton.

THOMAS

G S

Trooper, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died.

THOMAS

J

Trooper 27013, Prince of Wales Light Horse. Wounded 12th June 1901 and died of those wounds 13th June 1901 at Wonderkop.

TIPLING

J

Quartermaster Sergeant 4164, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died of enteric 17th April 1900 at Heilbron. Aged 25. Buried in the Town Cemetery, Heilbron. See also Swansea Memorial

WEBB

E R

Trooper, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died

WHICHER

S

Civil Surgeon, Royal Army Medical Corps, M.B. London M.R.C.S. L.R.C.P. Died of enteric at Mooi River 27th April 1900. Aged 29.

WILLIAMS

G

Corporal Farrier 26645, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died of disease 5th June 1901 at Aliwal North.

WILLIAMS

Ralph Paynter

Farrier Sergeant 4128, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Killed in action near Ventersburg 23rd August 1900. Aged 21. Buried in Ventersburg Cemetery, Ventesburg. Born 13th December 1879. Son of Reverend D. E. Williams, Wales. Educated at Haileybury, Hertfordshire and Royal Veterinary College. Also listed on Haileybury School Memorial

WINSTONE

C

Trooper 30511, 30th (Pembrokeshire) Company, 9th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died of disease at Heilbron 9th February 1902. Aged 20. Buried in the Town Cemetery, Heilbron. See also Swansea Memorial

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