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PETERBOROUGH CATHEDRAL BOER WAR MEMORIAL

Boer War - Detailed Information
Compiled and copyright © 2001 Dave Edwards

The memorial is to be found in Peterborough Cathedral. It takes the form of a stained glass window on the west wall, directly above the main entrance to the Cathedral. The six associated brass plaques hang beneath it, three on either side of the main door. The memorial was dedicated by the Bishop of Peterborough and unveiled by Field Marshall Lord Roberts VC KG KP GCB OM GCSI GCIE on 29 September 1903.

The memorila is a magnificent ten-light stained glass window: the five lower lights depict St George (holding a sword and spear); Joshua (wearing a blue robe); Archangel Michael (holding a sword and the scales of judgement, standing above the Coat of Arms of the Deanery); Gideon (holding a rod and fleece); St Alban (wearing a priest's cloak over his Roman breastplate and holding a spear). The five upper lights depict Peada (the first King of Mercia, and founder of Peterborough Abbey AD650); St Paul (one of the Patron Saints of the Cathedral, holding the sword of the Spirit); St Peter (chief Patron Saint of the Cathedral, holding the keys to the Kingdom, standing above the diocesan Coat of Arms); St Andrew (Patron Saint of the Cathedral, holding a saltire cross); Aethelwold (tenth century Bishop of Winchester, holding a crosier and a model of Peterborough's second Abbey, which he founded AD965). The perpendicular tracery has depictions of angels. There are six associated brass plaques: above each of the plaques is the Coat of Arms of one of the principal towns of Northamptonshire. The first plaque records the dedication with plaques 2-6 recording the names of the fallen.

To the Glory of God and in memory of brave men inhabitants of this County and of the neighbourhood of Peterborough who gave their lives for their Sovereign and Country during the War in South Africa 1899 to 1902, the western window of this Cathedral was filled with stained glass AD 1903. Their names are recorded on these tablets.

 

HMS Powerful

 

BOYCE

Charles

Able Seaman 151,746, H.M.S. Powerful, Royal Navy. Died of disease 9 April 1900 at Mooi River.

Extract from Northants Evening Telegraph - Thursday 12 April 1900, page 4:

A KETTERING MEMBER OF THE LADYSMITH NAVAL BRIGADE.


DEATH AT MOOI RIVER.


On Wednesday morning the following telegram was published throughout the country:

The Seoretary of the Admiralty reports: Able Seaman Charles Boyce, 151,746, of H.M.S Powerful, one of the Ladysmith Naval Brigade, who was left behind sick, died dysentery at Mooi River on Monday.

Coming as it did on the very day on which , his comrades landed at Portsmouth, receiving enthusiastic welcome, which gave some indication of the feeling roused by the exploits of the world famed "naval contingent," the news received an additional tinge of sadness. But Kettering people even closer interest was given when it was recognised that the news brought sadness and dismay to one the homes the town. Able Seaman Charles Boyce was a son Mr. C. Boyce, Havelock-street, Kettering, and three years ago joined the Powerful when that magnificent vessel wae commissioned, and departed for the China station. The story of how a part of her crew, including our townsman, landed in South Africa at such an opportune moment, and rendered such invaluable service at Farquhar's Farm and in the long and heroic defence of Ladysmith, is still fresh in the memory of all. The full value of their services will never be known, but it is generally recognised that the presence of the 4.7 in. guns from the Powerful, and the skilful and courageous manner in which they were handled by the bluejackets, "kept the Boers at bay for four long months, and averted a catastrophe which would have had far-reaching effects in the history of the present war."' While honour is being lavishly rendered to those who have been privileged to return home, those who have laid down their lives in the accomplishment of the task cannot be forgotten. The deceased sailor, whose name will be added to the rollof Kettering's worthy representatives, was 25 years of age. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved family, who received from the Admiralty a notice their great loss the same morning that the announcement was made public.

3rd Dragoon Guards

 
MOORE

E

Trooper
PEARSON

J G

Trooper

7th Dragoon Guards

 

JACKSON

Christopher Goddard

Captain. Killed in action when on patrol duty near Arundel, Cape Colony 16th December 1899. Born February 1872. Educated at Cheltenham. Entered 7th Dragoon Guards October 1892, promoted lieutenant April 1896, promoted Captain October 1899. He volunteered for active service and was sent to South Africa at the start of the war seving in the north of Cape Colony. His name is also inscribed on the Eleanor Cross War Memorial ad Cheltenham College. Cheltenham 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

Jackson. - Capt. Christopher Goddard Jackson, 7th Dragoon Guards, was killed in action when on patrol duty near Arundel, Cape Colony, Dec. 16th, 1899. He was born Feb., 1872, educated at Cheltenham and entered the 7th Dragoon Guards Oct., 1892, being promoted lieut. April, 1896, and capt. Oct., 1899. Capt. Jackson volunteered for active service, and was sent to South Africa at the commencement of the war, and served in the north of Cape Colony. His name is inscribed on the Eleanor Cross War Memorial at Cheltenham College.

9th Lancers

 

BROWN

J

Trooper

WARD

V B

Trooper

10th Hussars

 

BARRON

C

Sergeant

HAMMOND

A

Trooper

12th Lancers

 

WRIGHT

Godfrey Charles de Cardonnell

Lieutenant. Killed in action at Diamond Hill, near Pretoria 11th June 1900. Born December 1873. Educated at Eton (Mr. Leigh's). Eldest son of Charles Booth E Wright of Bolton Hall, Yorkshire, by his marriage with Edith de Cardonnel, second daughter of R W M Nesfield of Castle Hill, Bakewell, Derbyshire. Entered 12 Lancers March 1893, promoted lieutenant October 1895. Sent to South Africa with his Regiment October 1899 serving in Cape Colony. Present at the battles of Paardeberg and Driefontien also taking part in the adavance on Bloemfontein and Pretoria.

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:

Wright. - Lieut. Godfrey Charles de Cardonnell Wright, 12th Lancers, was killed in action at Diamond Hill, near Pretoria, June 11th, 1900. He was the eldest son of Charles Booth E. Wright, Esq., of Bolton Hall, Yorkshire, by his marriage with Edith de Cardonnel, second daughter of R. W. M. Nesfield, Esq., of Castle Hill, Bakewell, Derbyshire. Lieut. Wright was born in Dec., 1873, educated at Eton (Mr. Austen Leigh’s), and entered the 12th Lancers, March, 1893, being promoted lieut. Oct., 1895. He proceeded to South Africa with his regiment in Oct., 1899, and served in Cape Colony. He was afterwards present at the battles of Paardeberg and Driefontien, and took part in the advance on Bloemfontein and Pretoria.

13th Hussars

 

LIGHFOOT

J

Sqdn. Sergeant. Major

14th Hussars

 

JORDAN

H C

Trooper

16th Lancers

 

EVANS-FREKE

Cecil Montague

Lieut. The Honourable. Died of wounds 15th June 1900, wounds received 2nd June 1900 in action near Orange Grove. Youngest son of the 8th Lord Carbery and Victoria Lady Carbery, of Glaston House, Uppingham and was uncle of the then present peer. Born September 1876. Educated at Eton (Mr Vaughan's). Entered the 16th Lancers from Royal Military College April 1897. Promoted lieutenant October 1899. Sent to South Africa in February 1900. Present at the releif of Kimberley, the battle of Paadeberg and the advance on Bloemfontein. There is also a tablet erected by his brother officers at Glaston in his memory.

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:

Evans-Freke. - Lieut. the Hon. Cecil Montague EvansFreke, 16th Lancers, died June 15th, 1900, of wounds received on the 2nd idem in action near Orange Grove, South Africa. He was the youngest son of the eighth Lord Carbery and Victoria Lady Carbery, of Glaston House, Uppingham, and was an uncle of the present peer. Lieut. Evans-Freke was born in Sept., 1876, and educated at Eton (Mr. Vaughan's). He entered the 16th Lancers from the Royal Military College, April, 1897, being promoted lieut. Oct., 1899. Lieut. Evans-Freke proceeded to South Africa in Feb., 1900, and was present at the relief of Kimberley, the battle of Paardeberg, and the advance on Bloemfontein. A tablet has been erected at Glaston in his memory by his brother officers.

GILLIAT

Lionel Howard

Lieutenant. Died of enteric at Barberton. 23rd September 1900. Aged 19. Born October 1880. Educated at Eton (Mr. Impey's). Entered the 16th Lancers from the 5th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps January 1900. Promoted lieutenant July 1900. Served in 5th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps from October 1897. There is also a tablet erected by his brother officers at St Peter's Church, Eaton Square, in his memory.

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:

Gilliat. - Lieut. Lionel Howard Gilliat, 16th Lancers, died of enteric, at Barberton, Sept. 23rd, 1900. He was born Oct., 1880, educated at Eton (Mr. Impey’s), and entered the 16th Lancers from the 5th Batt. King’s Royal Rifle Corps Jan., 1900, being promoted lieut. the following July. He had served in the 5th Batt. King’s Royal Rifle Corps from Oct., 1897. A tablet to his memory has been erected by his brother officers in St. Peter’s Church, Eaton Square.

MOORE

J

Lance Corporal, 16th Lancers. Resident of Towcester. See also Towcester Boer War memorial
PRESTRIDGE

S

Lance Corporal, 16th Lancers.

BOUNDS

H W

Trooperl, 16th Lancers.

17th Lancers

 

CAVENDISH

Charles William Hugh

2nd Lieut. The Honourable. Killed in action at Diamond Hill, near Pretoria. 11th June 1900. Aged 21. Son of Lord Chesham. Born September 1878. Only son of Lord Chesham, commanding the Imperial Yeomanry. Educated at Eton (Mr Ainger's). Entered 17th Lancer's from Royal Military College August 1898. Sent to South Africa February 1900. Served with is Regiment in Orange River County and the Transvaal before being killed at Diamond Hill. Memorial in Northampton Cathedral - "To the Glory of God and in memory of Brave Men, inhabitants of this County and neighbourhood, who gave their lives for their Sovereign and Country during the War in South Africa 1899-1902, the Western Window of this Cathedral was filled with stained glass, AD 1903........ 17th (Duke of Cambridge's Own) Lancers, 2nd Lieut. The Hon. C.W.H. Cavendish ........"

19th Hussars

 

WARREN

A G

Shoeing Smith

RICE

J

Trooper

The Imperial Yeomanry

 

GAUSSEN

Charles Louis

Capt. 91st Company, Imperial Yeomanry - Killed in action at Tafelkop. 20th December 1901. Aged 32. Eldest son of David Gaussen, of Duncote, Towcester, Northamptonshire. Born 26th September 1869. Educated at Charterhouse. Entered the 18th Hussars October 1889. Transferred to the Indian Staff Corps May 1892, promoted captain in the 3rd Bengal Cavalry October 1990, joined the Reserve of Officers December 1900. Sent to South Africa with 23rd Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry March 1901 and served with them until his death. Killed while commanding his company that was acting as escort to some guns and gallantly sacrificed themselves to a man. He was mentioned in despatches, Lndon Gazette 25th April 1902. Buried at Tafelkop. Memorial in Northampton Cathedral - "To the Glory of God and in memory of Brave Men, inhabitants of this County and neighbourhood, who gave their lives for their Sovereign and Country during the War in South Africa 1899-1902, the Western Window of this Cathedral was filled with stained glass, AD 1903........ Imperial Yeomanry, Captain C.L. Gaussen ......." He is also commemorated on a Latten Brass in St Paul's Cathedral in memory of all ranks of the 18th, 21st and 23rd Battalions, Imperial Yeomanry, who fell in the wwar and also on a tablet in the War Memorial Cloister erected at Charterhouse.

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:

Gaussen. - Capt. Charles Louis Gaussen, 91st Company was killed in action at Tafelkop, O.R.C., Dec. 20th, 1901. He was the eldest son of David Gaussen, Esq., of Duncote, Towcester, Northamptonshire. Capt. Gaussen was born Sept. 26th 1869, educated at Charterhouse, and entered the 18th Hussars in Oct., 1889. He was transferred to the Indian Staff Corps May, 1892, being promoted capt. in the 3rd Bengal Cavalry Oct., 1900, and joined the Reserve of Officers the following Dec. He went out to South Africa with the 23rd Batt. I.Y. in March 1901, and served with it till his death. Capt. Gaussen was killed while commanding his company which was acting as escort to some guns and which most gallantly sacrificed itself to a man. He was mentioned in despatches, L.G., April 25th, 1902. He is buried at Tafelkop. His name is engraved on a Latten Brass in St. Paul’s Cathedral in memory of all ranks of the 18th, 21st and 23rd Batts. I.Y. who fell in the war; also on the tablet in the War Memorial Cloister erected at Charterhouse.

VERGETTE

H W

Quartermaster Sergeant.

BENNETT

E M B

Sergeant.

JELLEY

A E

Corporal.

BENNETT

C F

Farrier

BELLAIRS

W

Trooper.

BERRY

W

Trooper.

BOLT

E

Trooper.

GOODLIFF

W

Trooper.

GUNN

P H

Trooper.

HOPKINS

F

Trooper.

JACKSON

H C

Trooper.

JUGGINS

R E

Trooper.

LOWLESS

Frank Ernest Holmes

Trooper 27306, 10th Company (Sherwood Rangers), Imperial Yeomanry. Died 30 December 1901. Aged 21. Educated Stamford School. Birth registered 4th Quarter 1880 in Stamford Registration District, Lincolnshire. In the 1891 census he is aged 10, born Stamford, Lincolnshire, a scholar, resident with his aunt and uncle, Emmanuel and Fanny Holmes, at Copt Hill, Uffington, Stamford, Lincolnshire. Also commemorated in Uffington, Lincs, Serlby, Notts.

From the Index to Death Duty Registers Transcription 1901 for Uffington his date of death is given as 30 December 1901.

MEAD

D S

Trooper.

SIDDONS

A G

Trooper.

WARREN

Cecil Herbert

Trooper 14993, 28th Company (Bedfordshire), Imperial Yeomanry. Wounded 22 September 1900, died of those wounds 11 October 1900 at Johannesburg. Resident of Kettering. Educated Stamford School. Also commemorated on Bedford Boer War.

From the Index to Death Duty Registers Transcription 1900 his date of death is given as 11 October 1900 and his place of residence Kettering.

Royal Artillery

 

HICHENS

Thomas Sikes

Captain. Died of enteric fever 11th June 1900 at Bloemfontein. Born September 1869. Educated at Winchester. Entered the Royal Artillery February 1889. Promoted lieutenant February 1892 then captain March 1899. Mentioned in despatches, London Gazette 10th September 1901, for his services.

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

Hichens. - Capt. Thomas Sikes Hichens, Royal Field Artillery, died of enteric June 11th, 1900, at Bloemfontein. He was born Sept., 1869, educated at Winchester, and entered the Royal Artillery Feb., 1889, being promoted lieut. Feb. 1892, and capt. March,.

ANDREW

H

Sergeant.

GREEN

W

Sergeant.

ANDREW

E

Gunner

BOWMAN

F

Gunner

CLAYTON

A

Gunner

HAGGAR

A

Gunner

HAWES

A J T

Gunner

MARTIN

W

Gunner

TEE

T C

Gunner

ROBINSON

W H

Gunner

MILLS

H C

Driver

QUEST

A W

Driver

HASDELL

T E

Driver

STRICKSON

J H

Driver

Royal Engineers

 

WOOLLEY

F R

Corporal.

THOMPSON

J C

Private

Grenadier Guards

 

TRYON

Guy Thomas Lewes

Second Lieutenant. 2nd Battalion. Died of enteric at Harrismith. 24th August 1901. Aged 22. Born October 1878. Educated at Eton (Mr Leigh's). Only son of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Tryon, of Bulwick. Entered the Grenadier Guards in November 1899 from 3rd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Sent to South Africa with his battalion March 1900, serving there until his death. Memorial in Northampton Cathedral - "To the Glory of God and in memory of Brave Men, inhabitants of this County and neighbourhood, who gave their lives for their Sovereign and Country during the War in South Africa 1899-1902, the Western Window of this Cathedral was filled with stained glass, AD 1903......... Grenadier Guards, 2nd Lieut. G.T.L. Tryon......"

DANIELS

H

Sergeant.

HONEY

H

Corporal.

BAILEY

W

Private

CURSLEY

A

Private

HEWITT

D J

Private

HOLLAND

Charles

Private 5335, 3rd Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Resident of Towcester. Died of disease at Pretoria 8th July 1900. See also Towcester Boer War memorial

SHEFFIELD

T

Private

STEVENSON

J

Private

WOOD

E

Private

Coldstream Guards

 

KENDALL

A

Private

The Royal Scots (Lothian Reg. )

 

BATTISSON

T

Private

The Northumberland Fusiliers

 

BROWN

A

Private

The Royal Warwickshire Reg.

 

WILLIS

W

Private

The Lincolnshire Reg.

 

EDGE

J G

Private. See also Lincoln Cathedral

STANGER

C E

Private.

The Devonshire Reg.

 

GODDARD

J

Private.

STREET

H

Private.

The Suffolk Reg.

 

NIXON

Herbert Howlett Higgs

Lance Corporal 5230, 1st Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment. Commemorated on the Suffolk Memorial, Suffolk Hill, Colesburg. Corporal on memorial. Killed in action 6th January 1900 at Suffolk Hill. Born circa 1879 Coates, son of James Howlett and Ann Elizabeth NIXON. Father was a Policeman, family living in Thorney in 1881. [Also on Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely memorials]

BARKER

A F

Private possibly Albert Barker, 814, Suffolk Regiment, died of disease 38-6-1900, Bloemfontein. [Also on the Cambridgeshire Boer War Memorial]

DAVIS

A

Private

The East Yorkshire Reg.

 

SANDERS

G J

Private

The Bedfordshire Reg.

 

STRONG

Charles Powlett

Lieutenant. 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment. Killed in action at Graspan near Reitz, 6th June 1901. Aged 25. He was the second son of Lieutenant-Colonel C. J. Strong, Chairman of Peterborough Quarter Sessions. Born 9th January 1875. Educated at Harrow. He entered the Bedfordshire Regiment from the Royal Military Collgeg in March, 1895, and was promoted Lieutenant in July 1897. He was gazetted to the Bedfordshire Regiment on 6th March, 1895, and became lieutenant 10th July 1897. He was mentioned in despatches, London Gazette, September 1901, also in the despatch of General Lord Kitchener of 28th July 1901, for having "when in command of a rear guard by his determined resistance to a superior force, enabled the baggage to get across a bad drift without a shot being fired at it," and for having "done consistent good work on many oiccasions." Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (D.S.O.) [London Gazette 27th September 1901]. Memorial in Northampton Cathedral - "To the Glory of God and in memory of Brave Men, inhabitants of this County and neighbourhood, who gave their lives for their Sovereign and Country during the War in South Africa 1899-1902, the Western Window of this Cathedral was filled with stained glass, AD 1903........ The Bedfordshire Regiment, Lieut. C.P. Strong, DSO.....". He was killed before his decoration was gazetted, and the insignia, etc., were sent to his father. [See also Bedfordshire Boer War Memorial]

BARRINGHAM

W

Corporal.

DUNKLEY

A

Private.

SAVAGE

W

Private 6506, 2nd Bedfordshire Rgt, died of disease, 13-5-1900, Bloemfontein. [Also on Isle of Ely Memorial]

TROWELL

J T

Private.

The Leicestershire Reg.

 

BOOTH

H

Private

WOOLMER

R

Private

GLOVER

R

Private

KENDALL

G

Private

WESLEY

J W

Private

WILFORD

J T

Private

DIX

R J

Private

The Royal Welsh Fusiliers

 

MORRIS

E L

Private

The South Wales Borderers

 

COLLINS

G H

Private

PATENALL

J

Private

The King’s Own Scottish Borderers

 

RIDDLE

J H

Lance Corporal.

The East Surrey Reg.

 

DOWNING

W A

Lance Corporal.

The Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry

 

BOAR

H

Private

THORNEYCROFT

J

Private

The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)

 

EYKYN

C

Captain. 2nd Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). Died at Koodoosberg of wounds received the previous day 8 February 1900. Aged 32. Son of the late Thomas Eykyn, Esq., 47, Hyde Park Gate, London. Commemorated on Ritchie Road, Northern Cape Memorial and now at rest in KImberley West End Garden of Remembrance. 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, published by Naval and Military Press:

Eykyn. - Capt. Cecil Eykyn, 2nd Batt. Royal Highlanders, died Feb. 8th, 1900, of wounds received in action at Koodoosberg on the previous day. He was a son of the late Thomas Eykyn, Esq., 47, Hyde Park Gate, was born June, 1867, and educated at Harrow. He entered the Royal Highlanders from the 3rd Batt. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry July, 1889, being promoted lieut. Jan., 1891, and capt. Nov., 1898. He had served with his battalion in the Kimberley Relief Column, and was present at the battle of Magersfontein.

The Oxfordshire Light Infantry

 

WARD

W C

Private.

The Essex Reg.

 

GOULD

P C

Private.

The Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire Reg. )

 

DAY

J

Private.

The Northamptonshire Reg.

 

HOLT

F C

Lance Corporal.

REYNOLDS

J

Lance Corporal.

WRIGHT

Ambrose Thomas

[Listed in Roll of Honour Imperial Forces Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 as Private] Lance Corporal 2629, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Drowned 25th June 1901 at Cape Town. Buried in Maitland Cemtery, Cape Town. Listed in Register of Graves, Cape Province 8th July 1901. Born Buckinghamshire 1870 to a Northamptonshire family, married 1898 3rd quarter at Skipton to Alice nee Cason - on the 1901 census she is "living on soldier's pay" - and by 1902 was a widow on her second marriage to Frank Skelton.

ALLEN

E G

Private

ANDREWS

J

Private

BENTLEY

A

Private

BLUNSOM

F

Private

BOOTH

O

Private

BRITTEN

E H

Private

BROMWICH

J

Private

BROWN

J R

Private

BROWN

S

Private

BULL

J

Private

CLAYSON

H

Private

COLEMAN

W

Private

CRANE

W

Private

FITZHUGH

W

Private

GREEN

E

Private

HARRIS

A

Private

HILL

T

Private

LANE

W

Private

MABBUTT

G

Private

NEWCOMEN

R

Private

PALMER

F

Private

PENN

W

Private

PERKINS

C

Private

ROBINSON

J

Private

ROGERS

D W

Private

ROUGHTON

A

Private

SHORTLAND

W

Private

SMITH

G

Private

SMITH

J

Private

STOCKFORD

T

Private

STURGESS

F

Private

TABOR

J W

Private

TARRY

A

[List as A TARRY in The Boer War Casualty Roll 1899-1902 in Peterborough Cathedral but as F on Towcester memorial - probably Alfred and Fred] Private 4726, 2nd Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment. Resident of Towcester. Died of disease at Coal Mine Drift 1st February 1901.   See also Towcester Boer War memorial

TATAM

F

Private

TAYLOR

H

Private

THURLAND

W

Private

TIMPSON

A

Private

TOMPKINS

W C

Private

TURNELL

A

Private

UPEX

G

Private

WARD

G

Private

WARD

J W

Private

WELLS

F

Private

WILLS

J W

Private

YANDELL

W

Private

The Northamptonshire Reg. Volunteer Company

 

DOVE

J

Corporal.

COOPER

J B

Private

JOYCE

L

Private

PERCIVAL

G F

Private

SMITH

E A

Private

The King’s Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry)

 

LAWTON

H

Colour Sergeant.

ROWE

W H

Lance Corporal.

SMITH

H C

Private

The King’s Royal Rifle Corps

 

GUNNING

Robert Henry

Lieutenant-Colonel. Commanding 1st Battalion. Formerly adjutant Huntingdonshire Militia. Killed in action at the Battle of Talana Hill, 20th October 1899, Second Boer War. Grave and Regimental Memorial, Talana, Dundee, kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Aged 49. Eldest son of Sir George William Gunning, 5th Baronet, of Little Horton House, Northampton. Born 1852. Educated at Eton (Mr Wayte's). Entered the 68th Regiment of Foot 1873, transferred to 60th Foot 1874, promoted Captain 1883, major 1890 and lieutenant-colonel 1898. Served with 60th rifles in Zululand 1879 (medal and bar) being present at the action of Ginginhlovo and Relief of Etshowe, afterwards serving as adjutant of the battalion throughout the operations of "Clarke's Column,",then in the Burmese Expedition of 1891-92 being in command of the Baungshè Column during the operations in the Chin Hills (medal and bar). At Talana he fell while leading his battalion in the attack. Mentioned in despatches by Lieutenant-General Sir G White 2nd December 1899 (London Gazette 8th February 1901). Buried in the cemetery just below Talana Hill close to where he fell. Memorial in Northampton Cathedral - "To the Glory of God and in memory of Brave Men, inhabitants of this County and neighbourhood, who gave their lives for their Sovereign and Country during the War in South Africa 1899-1902, the Western Window of this Cathedral was filled with stained glass, AD 1903.......... The King's Royal Rifle Corps, Lieut-Col. R.H. Gunning......"

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

Gunning. - Lieut.-Col. Robert Henry Gunning, commanding the 1st Batt. King’s Royal Rifle Corps, was killed in action at the Battle of Talana Hill Oct. 20th, 1901. He was the eldest son of Sir George William Gunning, 5th baronet, of Little Horton House, Northampton, was born in 1852, and educated at Eton (Mr. Wayte’s). He entered the 68th Foot 1873, was transferred to the 60th Foot 1874, and was promoted capt. 1883, major 1890, and lieut.-col. 1898. He served with the 60th Rifles in the Zulu War, 1879, was present at the action of Ginginhlovo and Relief of Etshowe, and afterwards served as adjutant of the batt. throughout the operations of 'Clarke’s Column,' receiving the medal with clasp. In the Burmese Expedition 1891-92, he was in command of the Baungshè Column during the operations in the Chin Hills, receiving the medal with clasp. At Talana, Lieut.-Col. Gunning fell while leading his batt. in the attack. Sir A. Conan Doyle in writing of this battle states, 'It was here between the wall and the summit that Col. Gunning of the Rifles and many other brave men met their end, some by our own bullets and some by those of the enemy,' and again 'among the killed were many that the army could ill spare. The gallant but optimistic Symons, Gunning of the Rifles, Sherston, Connor, Hambro, and many other brave men died that day.' Lieut.-Col. Gunning was mentioned in despatches by Lieut.-Gen. Sir G. White, Dec. 2nd, 1899 (L.G., Feb. 8th, 1901). The gallant colonel of the Rifles is buried in the cemetery just below Talana Hill close to where he fell.

Grave of R H Gunning
Memorial to R H Gunning

Killed in action, 20th October 1899, Second Boer War. Grave and Regimental Memorial, Talana, Dundee, kwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Photographs Copyright © Keynsham Light Horse 1998

ROWLES

H

Corporal.

BURTON

J H

Private

CLARKE

G F H

Private

FISHER

W T

Private

LACK

E

Private

REEVES

J

Private

SMITH

A

Private

SPICER

W

Private

WARWICK

M

Private

The Duke of Edinburgh’s (Wiltshire Reg. )

 

WALSH

C J H

Private

The Manchester Reg.

 

BRINDLEY

George Frederick Wallace

Captain. 2nd Battalion. Died of wounds received in action at Holland 19th December 1901. Born July 1874. Entered the Manchester Regiment from the 4th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, December 1896. Promoted lieutenant November 1897 and captain October 1900. He was seconded from his Regiment for service with the Mounted Infantry.

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:

Brindley. - Capt. George Frederick Wallace Brindley, 2nd Batt. Manchester Regt., died of wounds received in action at Holland, Dec. 19th, 1901. He was born July, 1874, entered the Manchester Regt. from the 4th Batt. Lancashire Fusiliers, Dec., 1896, being promoted lieut. Nov., 1897, and Capt. Oct., 1900. He was seconded from his regiment for service with the M.I.

The Prince of Wales’s (North Staffordshire Reg. )

 

SANDERS

H J

Private

The Gordon Highlanders

 

SIMMONDS

E L

Corporal 13, 1st Battalion (Volunteer Company), Gordon Highlanders. Resident of Towcester. Originally as a Lance Corporal he was slightly wounded at Doornkop 29th May 1900. He died after this date. See also Towcester Boer War memorial

The Royal Irish Rifles

 

BULL

H J

Private

The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own)

 

CAMPBELL

Ernest George

Captain. 4th Battalion. Wounded near Bergendal, 21st July 1900. Died of wounds 23rd July 1900. Aged 27. Born June 1873. Educated at Eton (Mr Austen Leigh's). Entered the Rifle Brigade December 1892. Promoted Lieutenant July 1895 and Captain April 1900. Served with the Tochi Field Force on the North-West Frontier of India 1897-9 (medal and bar). Fell while leading his men to storm a strong Boer position at Bergendal. Sir R Buyller in his despatch of 13th September 1900 stated he much regretted the death of Captain Campbell who led his company "most gallantly", London Gazette 8th FDebruary 1901. Memorial in Northampton Cathedral - "To the Glory of God and in memory of Brave Men, inhabitants of this County and neighbourhood, who gave their lives for their Sovereign and Country during the War in South Africa 1899-1902, the Western Window of this Cathedral was filled with stained glass, AD 1903...The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own), Captain E.G. Campbell..."

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

Campbell. - Capt. Ernest George Campbell, 4th Batt. Rifle Brigade, died on July 23rd, 1900, of wounds received two days previously in action near Bergendal. He was born in June, 1873, educated at Eton (Mr. Austen Leigh's), and entered the Rifle Brigade Dec., 1892, being promoted lieut. in July, 1895, and Capt., April, 1900. He served with the Tochi Field Force in the operations on the North-West Frontier of India, in 1897-98, and was granted the medal with clasp. Capt. Campbell fell while leading his men to storm a strong Boer position at Bergendal. Sir R. Buller in his despatch of Sept. 13th, 1900, much regrets the death of Capt. Campbell who led his company 'most gallantly,' L.G., Feb. 8th, 1901.

MARKIE

C

Lance Corporal.

ABEL

F

Private

KEECH

G

Private

MAINWOOD

H

Private

RAY

J

Private

The Army Service Corps

 

LONGDEN

Arthur Edmun

Major. Died of enteric at Germiston, 20th April 1901. Aged 37. Third son of the late Major-General Charles S. Longden (Royal Artillery), of Oakwood, Crawley, Sussex. Served Zululand 1888. Born 27th March 1864. He was gazetted to the Linconshire Regiemnt 7th February 1885 as lieutenant; transferred to the North Staffordshire Regiment on 23rd March 1887; was transferred to the Army Service Corps 15th September 1890, promoted captain 3rd April 1892 and Major April 1900; took part in operations in Zululand in 1888. In 1883 he received the Royal Human Soceity's testimonial on vellum for saving life on the Thames at Sudbury. Served in the Natal under General Sir R Buller in the operation to relieve Ladysmith. From August 1900 he was on the staff as D.A.A.G. He was mentioned in despatches, London Gazette 8th February 1901. He was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for services in South Africa [London Gazette 19th April 1901]

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

Longden. - Major Arthur Edmund Longden, D.S.O., Army Service Corps, died of enteric, at Germiston, April 20th, 1901. He was the third son of the late Major-General Charles S. Longden, R.A., of Oakwood, Crawley, Sussex, and was born March, 1864. He entered the Lincolnshire Regt. Feb., 1885, transferred to the North Staffordshire Regt. as lieut., March, 1887, and to the Army Service Corps Sept., 1890, being promoted capt. April, 1892, and Major April, 1900. In 1883 he received the Royal Humane Society’s testimonial on vellum for saving life on the Thames at Sunbury. Major Longden served in Zululand 1888. In the South African War, he was in Natal under Gen. Sir R. Buller in the operations for the relief of Ladysmith. Since Aug., 1900, he had been on the staff as D.A.A.G. He was mentioned in despatches, L.G., Feb. 8th, 1901, and granted the D.S.O. for his services.

The following extract is from The V.C. and D.S.O. Book - Distinguished Service Order 1886-1915 republished by Naval & Military Press, page 117.

LONGDEN, ARTHUR EDMUND, Major, was born 27 March, 1864. He was gazetted to the Lincolnshire Regt. 7 Feb. 1885, as Lieutenant transferred to the North Staffordshire Regt. on 23 March, 1887 ; took part in the operations in Zululand in 1888; was transferred to the Army Service Corps 15 Sept. 1890. He became Captain 3 April, 1892, and subsequently Major. He served in the South African War, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901] Arthur Edmund Longden, Major. Army Service Corps. In recognition of services in the recent operations in South Africa.” Major Longden died 20 April, 1901.

 

Royal Army Medical Corps

 

FELCE

H

[Listed as Lance Corporal on memorial] Private. Also commemorated on RAMC Memorial, Gun Hill, Aldershot.

MARSHALL

E

Private. Also commemorated on RAMC Memorial, Gun Hill, Aldershot.

MONK

A

Private. Resident Peterborough. Listed in the Peterborough & Huntingdon Standard 1st Qtr 1900. Also commemorated on RAMC Memorial, Gun Hill, Aldershot.

The City of London Imperial Volunteers

 

BLOTT

J R

Lance Corporal.

Bethune’s Mounted Infantry

 

HAMMOND

C B

Trooper.

Brabant’s Horse

 

GISHFORD

S

Trooper.

Loch’s Horse

 

PERKINS

S

Trooper.

New South Wales Bushmen

 

SCOTT

W B

Trooper.

Peninsular Horse

 

PERKINS

G J

Trooper.

Protectorate Reg.

 

NICHOLS

F W

Trooper.

Rhodesian Reg.

 

NORMAN

W F

Trooper, Rhodesian Volunteers. Resident of Towcester.  See also Towcester Boer War memorial

South African Constabulary

 

WILLIAMS

A J

Trooper.

South African Light Horse

 

CORE

W J

Trooper.

St. John Ambulance Brigade

 

GIDDENS

C

Sergeant.

BETTLES

C R

Private

ELLIS

A

Private

FARROW

A

Private

SAWFORD

J W

Private

WOODHAMS

A

Private

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