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In 7th May 1903 Captain Sergison unveiled a tablet erected in the boys' schoolroom of Cuckfield School. In October 1903 a Soldiers' Memorial Cross. was set up in the Churchyard. Source here is the Cuckfield Parish Magazine. There are also a World War 1 memorials


To the honour of those educated in this School
who served in the War in S. Africa, 1899-1902.




Royal Scots. August 1901 In hospital with enteric fever since April 1, now in Convalescent Hospital, Bloemfontein. February 1902 left the Hospital at Bloemfontein and returned to duty at Winburg. He was going on picquet duty at night, and ran into a donga full of Boers; his rifle was struck by a bullet, and the "splash" caught the fingers of his right hand.




Private, 1st Battalion, Active Service Volunteer Company. Died at the Hospital, Bloemfontein, of enteric fever, on 14th March 1901, the day before his thirtieth birthday. Resident of Cuckfield. He wrote from Port Elizabeth on April 5th, that on their arrival at Cape Town on the Tintagel Castle they were transferred to the Urmston Grange, to sail for East London. He wrote again on April 26th on his way from Bloemfontein to Glen. In September 1900 he wrote again "We left Pretoria to go Boer hunting, and found a lot at Diamond Hill". In February 1901 he sent home No 1 of The Soft-Nose, a weekly paper published by the Sussex Regiment in Bloemfontein. See also Brighton Boer War memorial



Lance Corporal. February 1902 spent his Christmas at Laings Nek, having had to take prisoners to Ladysmith; now doing Blockhouse duty. June 1902 writes about promotoion to Lance Corporal.


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Private, 1st Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment (Mounted Infantry). At Krugersdorp, with Dickinson's column August 1901. December 1901 in hospital at Krugersdorp suffering from a serious attack of enteric fever, died 31st December 1901. See also Brighton Boer War memorial



2nd Battalion, West Yorshire Regiment. Wrote on New YEar's Eve, 1899 that he came unscathed out of the battle Colenso and was "in splendid condition,...". In Newcastle, South Africa on 25th May 1900. 27th July 1900 at Standerton. August 1901 Pretoria, resting after hard marches and several small engagements. February 1902



[Also spelt DANCEY] 5th Battalion, Oxfordshire Light Infantry. 30th May 1900 travelled from Kronstaadt to Bloemfontein.



2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment. 27th May 1900 at Sands River. In Vredefort Weg 28th August 1900. Decmber 1901 Diamond Mines, 23 miles west of Kroonstadt.




2nd Battalion, West Surrey Regiment. He wrote on Christmas Day 1899, from Chieveley Camp, an account of the battle of Colenso on December 15th, his "first engagement". In Pietermaritzburg 17th February 1900. 3rd June 1900 at Ingogo River. February 1901 in Paarde Kop. Wounded at Colenso, lay for hours on the field of battle praying, died of wounds. (circa March 1902)



Scots Guards. Sailed to South Africa in the Kildonan Castle. IN Hazeldean Pretoria October 1900. April 1902 Trsyton Haylor at Bloemfontein.



2nd Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment). Sailed to South Africa in the Gaika. Present at the surrender of Cronje. February 1901 has a narrow escape. January 1902 in the fight of Colonel Benson's column, but was unhurt; last heard of at Crocodile river.



Set sail on April 16th in the Nubia for the front.




Lance-Corporal. A lively letter from Peter Mitchell was printed in the Mid-Sussex Times of 23rd January 1900 up to which point he was last heard of at Sterkstrom, with General Gatacre's force. Ill at Koomati Poort February 1901. April 1902 at Harrismith, when last heard of. May 1902 reported as "dangerously ill" of dysentry at Harris-smith. Died between May and July 1902.



4th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. April 1902 hew wrote from No 10 Blockhouse on the Kroonstad to Lindley line, that he gets a good view of the country from the hill on which his Blockhouse is built: it is barer than our South Downs, except for rocks sticking out here and there: the flowers and birds are very pretty, and he amuses himself with getting eggs and drying bulbs to send over: he had just killed a snake over 5ft long.



Royal Engineers. Sailed to South Africa in the Ionic. In Stynfontein 28th February 1900. Had a slight attack of enteric fever at Kroonstaadt around September 1900. December 1901 building blockhouses near Kroonstadt.




Sergeant, 14th Hussars. Sailed to South Africa in the Victorian. With Lord Dundonald's Cavalry Brigade May 1900 when Ladysmith relieved.




Royal Medical Corps. Sailed to South Africa in the Princess of Wales. August 1901 in Wynberg Hospita having put out his right shoulder.




HMS Terrible. 3rd February 1900, guarding ammunition as it was landed. April 1900 sailed to China. July 1900 in Hong Kong.


Died for their Country.

In the churchyard

For our four brothers resting in South Africa,
And for those who have returned in peace,
Thanks be to God.

Frank Bleach, Benjamin Brookshaw,
Mark Gravett, Peter Mitchell.
Jesu, Mercy.

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