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Photo: C.N. Dallison

Memorial

Plaque South Africa 1899-1902 Abbey

Reference

H51.05

Place

HEXHAM

Map ref

NY 937642

Original Location

Priory and Parish Church of St. Andrew, Market Place. On east wall of south transept.

Which war

South Africa 1899-1902

Dedication, Creation or Publication date

Unveiled 3rd September 1905 by Col. Lockhart.

Memorial Description

Plaque 42 inches high x 24 inches wide. There is a wide patterned border of flowers. The names are listed in two columns using black Roman capitals.

Materials used

Brass

Inscription

South African War 1899-1902 / This tablet has been erected to commemorate / the patriotism of the following members of / the Hexham Co. of the 1st Vol Bn. Northumberland / Fusiliers, who volunteered and served in / the Boer War 1898-1902. Some of whom / lost their lives in their Country's cause.
And also of the following townsmen who / volunteered and died during the said War.

Names

Cost

Estimated 300, see Note 1 below.

Notes

1. The estimated cost of 300 included a public banquet, at which each Volunteer would be presented with a personal token.

2. The Committee for the fund numbered 47, which is the same number as those named on the memorial!

Newspaper cuttings, photos or archival material

Photos: C. Dallison; Philip Thirkell

Local Celebration Fund 1901 (leaflet)

Hexham Parish Magazine June 1901 contains a transcript of Order of service of Thanksgiving for the safe return of Volunteers held in Hexham Abbey on May 21st 1901;

Notice of Service of Thanksgiving for Peace to be held in Hexham Abbey Sunday June 8th 1902.

Additional Research documents (click to download)

Research acknowledgements

Ken and Dorothy Southern; Colin Dallison; N. Short (Hexham); P. Thirkell

Research In Progress

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Plaque South Africa 1899-1902 Abbey (H51.05)

 
HEXHAM ABBEY
  
   South African War 1898-1902
   This tablet has been erected to commemorate
   the patriotism of the following members of
   the Hexham Co. of the 1st Vol: Btn. Northumberland
   Fusiliers, who volunteered and served in
   the Boer War 1898-1902.  Some of whom
   lost their lives in their Country's cause.
  
              Lieutenant G.F. Fisher
   Corporal J.T. Porteous   Corporal E. Eddy
   Pte.  R.S. Bantham       Pte.  J. McBride
         J. Beswick               M. Matthews
         W. Burn                  J.E. Murray
         R. Bulman                J.D. Ritson
         J. Cathrae               J. Robinson
         T. Cooke                 J.W. Riley
         T. Cooper                Jos. Smith
         J. Chester               J.W. Smith
         W.A. Charlton            W.G. Smith
         J. Caudle                A.W. Snowball
         W. Davidson              J. Stonehouse
         W.A. French              J.W. Swinburne
         T. Harrison                (died of wounds in S. Africa)
         J.T. Hogarth             W. Taylor
         D. Houston               J. Tait
         G. Hunter                H. Towns
         J.H. Hutchinson          J. Wilkinson
         F. I'Anson               G. Williamson
        (drowned in S. Africa)    J.R. Ward
         T. McGill                C. Wright
         A. McIntosh              H. Welsh
         H. Cooke                 Bugler J.W. Robson   
  
   And also of the following townsmen who
   volunteered and died during the said War
  
   Trooper A. Smith - died of fever in S. Africa
   "       G. Nesham –    “   “   “   “   “   “
   "       W.R. Pearson – “   “   “   on return
-----------------------------------------------------
The following appears in the Hexham Parish Magazine, June, 1901, p.53, which contains the Order of Service of Thanksgiving for Peace on the return of the volunteers held in Hexham Abbey Tuesday May 21st 1901.

    
   Names of Hexham Volunteers who have
   served in South Africa.
 
   Captain R.C. Hedley
   Captain G.F. Fisher
   Bugler  Robson      Private McIntosh
   Private Bantham     “       Tate
   Private Murray      Private Snowball
   “       Ritson      “       Chester
   “       Robinson    “       Davidson
   “       Smith, J.W. “       Charlton
   “       Harrison    “       Cathrae
   “       French      “       Cooke
   “       Beswick     “       Bulman    
   “       Hunter      “       McGill
   “       Hogarth     “       Williamson
   “       McBride     “       Smith, Joe
   Private I’Anson drowned at Jacobsdal.     
NamesH51.05

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