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HAWICK SOUTH AFRICA (BOER) WAR MEMORIAL

Boer War - Detailed information
Compiled & Copyright © transcribed Vikki Wynn, researched Martin Edwards 2007

The Hawick South African Memorial (Boer War) is to be found in Wilton Lodge Public Park. It takes the form of a square pedestal with corner pilasters and moulded panels on each side of the square. The upper part of the pedestal is decorated with corner scrolls connected by swathes of laurel wreath. The whole memorial is surmounted by a figure of a soldier in Boer War campaign dress with a rifle raised into on guard position, standing amongst the debris of war. The principle panel is surmounted by the badge of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers. There are 23 names listed on the memorial. The memorial was unveiled by Field Marshal the Right Honourable Earl Roberts on 22nd August 1903. The sculptor was Mr William Birnie Rhind and the architects were Mr J N Scott and Mr A Lorne Campbell. The order listed here is not that of the memorial, the names have been sorted into alphabetical order here for ease of searching and research.

Sources: The Last Post, Boer War Casualty Roll 1899-1901, News of the World 1900, Roll of Honour Imperial Forces - Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902, Edinburgh Gazette 1899-1906, The Times 1899-1906, information supplied by Major Paul Nash (retired SA), Soldiers of the Queen in the Second Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 (free database), Register of the Second Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 (pay per view database) and various sources using Google.

From an old postcard

ERECTED BY ALL CLASSES
OF THIS BORDERLAND IN
HONOUR OF THE MEN OF
HAWICK AND DISTRICT WHO
FELL IN SOUTH AFRICA IN
THE GREAT BOER WAR OF
1899-1902 AS A MEMORIAL
OF UNDYING REGARD

"YOU DO WELL TO KEEP THEIR
MEMORIES GREEN. YOU DO WELL
TO CHERISH THE EXAMPLE THEY
SET, AND TO OFFER THE ONLY ONE
CONSOLATION TO THEIR RELATIVES
AND FRIENDS, THAT THEY HAVE
NOT GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN VAIN
THAT THE OBJECT FOR WHICH
THEY FOUGHT HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED"

BALLANTYNE

James

Private 145, 3rd Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Died of disease at Manzinyama 3 June 1901. Buried at Rustenburg. Grave 117.

CHISHOLME

John James Scott

Colonel, Imperial Light Horse. Killed in action at the Battle of Elandslaagte 21 October 1899 while commanding the Imperial Light Horse. Aged 48. Of Stirches. Son of J. Scott Chisholme and Margaret Walker, of Stirches. Born August 1851. Served in Afghanistan 1878-80 with the 9th Lancers (medal and 2 bars, MID, wounded twice). Military Secretary to Lord Connemara, Governor of Madras. Retired from the army in 1899 and raised a Regiment of Imperial Light Horse.

Extract from The Last Post by Mildred G. Dooner, pages 62-63:

Chisholme.—Col. John James Scott Chisholme, of Stirches, Howick, N.B., Imperial Light Horse, was killed in action at the battle of Elandslaagte, Oct. 21st, 1899. He was the only son of the late J. Scott Chisholme, Esq., of that Ilk and of Stirches, by his marriage with Margaret, eldest daughter of the late Robert Walker, Esq., of Mumrells, co. Stirling. Col. Scott Chisholme was born in Aug., 1851, at Stirches, and educated at Loretto School, Musselburgh, and Repton. He joined the 9th Lancers in Jan., 1872, was promoted capt. March, 1878, brevet - major March, 1881, and major Dec., 1884. He was transferred to the 5th Lancers in May, 1889, being promoted lieut.-col. Aug., 1894, and brevet-col. Aug., 1898. He served with the 9th Lancers in the Afgan War of 1878-80, and was present at the capture of Ali Musjid, in the affair at Siah Sung (severely wounded), and the operations around Kabul in Dec., 1879 (wounded). He was mentioned in despatches, L.G., May 4th, 1880, receiving the brevet of major, and the medal with two clasps. He held the appointment of Military Secretary to Lord Connemara, when Governor of Madras for nearly three years. On leaving the 5th Lancers in 1899, Col. Chisholme was permitted to raise a Regiment of Imperial Light Horse, composed mainly of refugees from the Transvaal. This he brought in a few weeks to a state of great efficiency, and it was while leading them into action at Elandslaagte that Col. Scott Chisholme met his death. At the time he was hit he was cheering and waving his men forward with a coloured sash, and was in the act of assisting a wounded man. He was first wounded in the leg and through the lung, a third shot piercing his brain. His last words were “my fellows are doing very well.” He was mentioned in despatches by Gen. Sir George White, Dec. 20th, 1899, L.G., Feb. 8th, 1901. Col. Chisholme was the last in the male line of an ancient border family. A tablet has been erected at Stirches by his brother officers and countrymen in grateful remembrance of his gallantry and devotion.

GRIEVE

Thomas

Lance Sergeant 21036, 17th (Ayrshire) Company, 6th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died of disease at Bloemfontein 7 January 1902. Of West BVC Cleuch. Buried in Waverley Road Cemetery, Bloemfontein.

HART

George Turnbull

Private 6576, 1st Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Killed in action at Paardeberg Drift 8 February 1900. Son of Adam Hart of Lockieshedge.

HUGGAN

John

Private 4230, "D" Company, 1st Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Died of wounds 3 January 1902 accidentally received at Rooidraal 1 January 1902. Aged 25. Served 8 years with Army. Power Loom Tuner by trade with Messrs. Greenwood, Watt and Co. Son of William Huggan, a joiner, of Newcastle. Married.

HUME

James

Trooper 25579, 23rd (Lancashire) Company, 8th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Killed in action at Middlepost 5 February 1902. Grocer by trade. Buried at Middlepost.

HUNTER

James

Private, C Company, Imperial Light Infantry probably J HUNTER (also listed as G HUNTER) Private 269, Imperial Light infantry. Died of enteric at Chieveley 27 March 1900. Church of England.

INGLIS

Andrew

Trooper 4311, 14th (Northumberland) Company, 5th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Killed in action at Bethlehem 5 July 1900. Aged 35. Salesman by trade. Married. Second son of John Inglis, 6 Carnaervon Street, Hawick. Previously served with 1st Life Guards. Buried at Bethlehem District, Townlands, South Africa.

KEDIE

William

Private 6793, 1st Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). [Listed as 2nd Battalion in The Boer War Casualty Roll 1899-1902] Killed in action at Magersfontein 11 December 1899. Aged 19. Nephew of Mr Kedie, Blacksmith, of Drumlanrig Square, Hawick. Born Melgund Place, Hawick. Moved to Dundee aged 7. Commemorated on 1899-1902 Memorial, Kimberley West End Cemetery and buried there, also on the Black Watch South Afican Memorial in Edinburgh and on the Royal HIghlanders Memorial, Magersfontein.

NAPIER

Basil

Lieutenant, 34th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Mortally wounded at Senekal 27 December 1900 and died next day 28 December 1900. Aged 21. Of Thirlstane. Born June 1877. Son of Mark Napier. Grandson of Lord Napier (former Ambassador to Russia and governor of Madras). Buried at Senekal.

Extract from The Last Post by Mildred G. Dooner, pages 283:

Napier.—Lieut. Basil Napier, 34th Company I.Y., died at Senekal, of wounds received in action, Dec. 28th, 1900. He was the eldest son of the Hon. Mark Napier, and grandson of the late Lord Napier and Ettrick, formerly Ambassador to the Russian and other Courts and Governor of Madras. Lieut. Napier was twenty-one years of age.

POTT

Arthur David Ripley

Captain, 3rd (Militia) Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Died of an abcess of the liver at Kimberley 20 December 1901. Aged 39. Of Todrig. Son of General David Pott, CB, of Selkirk. Buried in West End Cemetery, Kimberley.

Extract from The Last Post by Mildred G. Dooner, pages 309:

Pott.—Capt. Arthur David Ripley Pott, 3rd Batt. King’s Own Scottish Borderers, died from abscess of the liver at Kimberley, Dec. 20th, 1901. He was the eldest son of the late General David Pott, C.B., of Todrig, Selkirkshire, and Borthwickshiels, Roxburghshire, and was born in 1862. He was appointed lieut. in his battalion July, t886, being promoted capt. March, 1894. Capt. Pott’s battalion was embodied in Jan., 1900, and volunteering for active service he proceeded with it to South Africa in Feb. He had held the post of Staff Officer to the Commandant of Scbweizer Reneke.

REID

James

Trooper 253, E Division, South African Constabulary. Died at Erasmus Hoop 12 July 1901 of wounds received 19 June 1901. Brother of John Reid, butcher, High Street, Hawick. Buired in Petrusburg.

REID

John

Private, 2nd Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Died of wounds or disease. *** Can find no entry for tbis man as either REID or REED or READ ***

REILLY

Patrick

Private, 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. Died at home December 1901 of disease caused by wounds previously received in South Africa. Aged 27. Resident 1, O'Connell Street.

RICHARDSON

James

Private 9897, 1st Battalion, Scots Guards. Died of disease at Bloemfomtein 26 February 1902. Enlisted Piershill. Powerloom Tuner by trade with Messrs. Greenwood, Watt & Co. Married. Buried in Waverley Road Cemetery, Bloemfontein.

RIDDLE

Andrew

Corporal, 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. Died at Wilton Crescent, Hawick 31 January 1901 of problems caused by injuries received in South Africa. Aged 24.

SCOTT

Andrew Ewart

Trooper 3 Class 523, C Division (Midgehope), South African Constabulary. Killed in action at Van Tondershoek 8 February 1902. Buried at Standerton.

TURNBULL

George

Private 1524, 2nd Battalion, Royal Scots Fusiliers. Killed in action at Colenso 15 December 1899. Buried at Colenso Clouston and listed on Regimental memorial at Colenso. Also listed in records as E TURNBULL. Buired in Clouston Cemetery, Colenso.

TURNBULL

George Archbold

Trooper 1179, Roberts Horse. Died of wounds at Sannah's Post 31 March 1900.

WATSON

James

Private 6599, 1st Battalion, Royal Scots. Died of enteric fever at Germiston 7 November 1900. Buried at Germiston Primrose. Also listed in some records as A WATSON.

WILMOT

Tom

Corporal 29746, 5th (Warwickshire Company) 2nd Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry. Died at Klipdrift 8 March 1902 of wounds received 7th March 1902. Aged 23. Draper by trade, employed by Coxon & Co., Newcastle. Also listed as P WILMOT in some records and with service no 249746.

WILSON

John

Private 3460, 1st Battalion, King’s Own Scottish Borderers. Died of Bright's disease at Groenfontein 21 May 1902. Powerloom Tuner by trade working in Weensland Mills. Aged 30. Married. Son of Mr. John Wilson, of Selkirk formerly a resident of Hawick.

WINTRUP

Andrew S

Private 6115, 1st Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Killed in action at Nooitgedacht 13 December 1900. Aged 23. Son of Mrs. Wintrup of 20 Trinity Street, Hawick. Shopman (Grocer) by trade. Previously had been ill with Enteric Fever. Buried at Krugersdorp. See also Stirling Castle Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders South Africa Memorial Also spelt MINTRUPP in some records]

Last updated: 13 January, 2008

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