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Hitchin at War - Boer War Casualty


Private in the Bedfordshire Regiment.

He died on the 5th May 1900

He was in the 2nd Battalion of the Bedfords with the Regimental Number 5593. The Battalion was part of the 12th Brigade and sailed for South Africa on the 16th December 1899 on the 'Sumatra' arriving at Cape Town about the 8th January 1900. This was in order to take part in the South African (Boer) War. He died at Woodstock in Cape Town of disease.

He is remembered on the Woodstock Memorial at Maitland in the Cape where his date of death is shown as the 4th May 1900 and the Battalion as the 7th Bedfords, the latter being incorrect. The memorial stands in the military precinct of the cemetery in Voortrekker Road On the leading panel is written "This memorial was erected in Woodstock Military Cemetery by the Cape Town Branch of the Guild of Loyal Women in memory of officers, non-commissioned officers and men of the Imperial troops who died of wounds or disease 1899-1902".

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A Second Boer War Casualty

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