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SHAW AND CROMPTON SOUTH AFRICAN (BOER) WAR MEMORIAL

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Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2006

The memorial can be found behind the Library/Salvation Army Building in Farrow Street, Westway, Shaw. It takes the form of a metal plaque within an oak frame placed within a recess in a wall. Crossed flags. rifles and a laurel wreath surmounted by a crown are depicted on the plaque. It was unveiled on 25th June 1904 by James T Travis-Clegg. There are eight names commemorated.


Extract from Heywood Advertiser - Friday 1 April 1904, page 3:

THE FALLEN BRAVE.
CROMPTON HEROES' MEMORIAL.

A meeting of the Crompton War Fund Committee was held on Friday evening. Councillor j. T. Travis-Clegg, J.P., presiding, to consider the question of erecting a memorial to the Crompton soldiers who died or were killed in South Africa in the Boer war. It was resolved that a memorial tablet be erected on the front of the Town Hall as soon as arrangements can he made, and that the question of the inscription to be left in the hands of Mr. J. T. Travis-Clegg and the secretary (Mr. F. F. Gartside). Further, it was resolved to obtain tenders for the supply and erection of a suitable memorial tablet in marble, brass, granite, and gun metal, the amount to be spent to be £20 inclusive.

The names of the soldiers which have been ascertained are us follows:—

Lance-Corporal Charles Shore. No. 2,011. 2nd Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action at Karee Siding.
Private Joseph Wild, No. 4,410, 5th Dragoon Guards. Died of wounds at Volksrust.
Private William Ballard, No. 5,052. Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action at Spion Kop.
Private John Taylor, No. 5,904, 1st Rifle Brigade. Killed at Grootvlei.
Private John Gilks, No. 5,356 2nd King's Shropshire Light Infantry. Died of enteric fever.
Private Harry Holmes. No. 3,521, 1st Manchester Regiment. Killed in action at Elands Spruit.
Private A. Houltram, 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers. Died of wounds.
Private J. Bottomley, 2nd Lancashire Fusiliers. Died of enteric fever.

Photograph Copyright © Jonathan Cook 2006

IN MEMORY
OF THE
CROMPTON MEN
WHO LOST THEIR LIVES
IN THE
SOUTH AFRICAN WAR 1899 - 1902

BALLARD

William

Private 5052, 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 24 January 1900 at Spion Kop.

BOTTOMLEY

J

Private 5181, 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died of enteric fever. Invalided 31 May 1900.

GILKS

John

Private 5365, 2nd Battalion, The King's (Shropshire Light Infantry) attached to Mounted Infantry. Died of Enteric fever 9 December 1902 at Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal. Previously wounded on 31 March 1900 at Koornspruit. Buried in Newcastle Cemetery.

HOLMES

Harry

[Listed as Killed in action on memorial] Private 3521, 1st Battalion, Manchester Regiment. Dangerously wounded between between Dullstroom and Lydenburg 19 December 1901, killed at Eland Spruit 20 December. Commemorated on memorial and buried between Dullstroom and Lydenburg.

HOULTRAM

A

Private 4968, 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died of wounds 28 January 1900 at Mount Alice. Wounded at Spion Kop on the 24 January 1900

SHORE

Charles

Lance Corporal 2011, 2nd Battalion, Lancashire Regiment. Killed in action at Karee Siding 29 March 1900.

TAYLOR

John

Private 5904, 1st Battalion, The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own). Killed 26 December 1900 at South Rand Mine near Grootvlei.

WILD

Joseph R

Private 4410, 5th Dragoon Guards. Died of wounds at Volksrust.

ERECTED BY WAR FUND SUBSCRIBERS
UNVEILED BY JAMES T. TRAVIS-CLEGG ESQ J.P.C.C.
CHAIRMAN OF THE WAR FUND COMMITTEE
25TH JUNE 1904.

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