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Hitchin at War - Boer War Casualty

Harry KNIGHT

Private in the l0th (Prince of Wales's Own Royal) Hussars.

He died on the 14th March 1900.

According to the St. Mary's Church War Memorial he died at Modder River in South Africa on the 14th May 1900 during the Boer War having served with the 19th (Princess of Wales Own) Hussars. This unit seems to have operated in Natal and was in Ladysmith when war was declared and at the time of the famous siege relieved on the 28th February 1900. On the Mooi River Memorial, his name is mentioned as 'Pte Knight H.' being in the 19th Hussars. The Memorial is "In memory of the officers and men who died in Mooi River during the South African War' and bears the inscription "Rest eternal grant unto them, 0 Lord and let light perpetual shine upon them".


However, it seems questionable as to whether this identifies the correct casualty, as from a newspaper report of the 9th May 1903, the Lawson Thompson Scrapbooks mention a brass tablet being unveiled in the Union Jack Working Boy's Club at the top of Portmill Lane in Hitchin. This stated that he was in the 10th (Prince of Wales Own) Hussars and that his death was on the 14th March 1900 at Modder River. This is possible as the 10th Hussars were in the vicinity of Modder River near Sanni's Post between Bloemfontein and Thaba Nchu at this date. There were a number of fatalities at this location from enteric fever about this time. Unfortunately, he cannot be identified among either the Natal or South African Field Force casualties. The 10th Hussars had sailed on the 'Ismore' which was wrecked on the 3rd December 1899 at St. Helena Bay, 75 miles north of Table Bay and also on the 'Columbian' which arrived at the Cape early in December 1899.


However, it is known that he died of enteric fever.



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A Second Boer War Casualty

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