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Hitchin at War - Boer War Casualty

Frederick MORLEY

Private in the Bedfordshire Regiment.

He died on the 24th December 1900.

He died at Thaba Nchu, South Africa during the South African (Boer) War. He was in the 2nd Battalion (Volunteer Company) of the Regiment and was given Regimental Number 7852. The Battalion was part of the 12th Brigade and sailed for South Africa on the 16th December 1899 on the 'Sumatra' which arrived in Cape Town about the 8th January 1900 to take part in the South African (Boer) War. In September 1900 the Battalion arrived at Thaba Nchu, which is east of Bloemfontein, from Winburg. This was to be their most trying part in the campaign. First they had to dig a line of trenches and outposts twenty miles long and then had alternate nights on duty. The health of most of the men deteriorated sharply.

On the l4th December 1900 a party of Boers tried to force their way through the line of posts from the north at a point 12 miles east of Thaba Nchu. Between three and four thousand Boers attacked with great determination under De Wet and broke through, resulting in several casualties on both sides. At the time there were also a number of deaths from disease especially from enteric fever and Fred was one of them.

He was buried at Thaba Patshawa, exhumed in June 1969 and re-interred at Thaba Nchu. His name appears on a metal cross which would have been paid for by his family reading "In memory of Pte F. Morley 2nd Bedfordshires 1900-1901". His name also appears on a Regimental Memorial in the Cemetery at Thaba Nchu reading "Sacred to the memory of the under mentioned officer, NCO and men of the Bedfordshire Regiment Thaba 'Nchu Sep 1900-April 1901. Died of disease Private F. Morley".

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