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Hitchin at War - Boer War Casualty



His Corps Number was 25296 and he was in the 17th Field Company of the Royal Engineers. The Royal Engineers had, earlier in the year, been engaged in improving the track for the artillery to Spion Kop and the disastrous assault on it. He died at Greylingstadt, South Africa and was buried there but was later reinterred at Standerton. It has not proved possible to identify him in the South African or Natal Field Force Casualty Lists 1899-1902.

Throughout July the whole of the Natal army was strung out along the line of communications from Heidelburg to Standerton combating marauding parties of Boers who tampered with the rails and bridges. This work continued into August 1900 with snipers causing additional casualties. However, it is almost certain that he died of disease.

He was entitled to the Queen's South Africa Medal with the Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, Tugela Heights, Relief of Ladysmith and Laing's Nek Clasps.

His name appears on a Memorial at Standerton which mentions him as 'Royal Field Artillery Gnr Wordboys (sic) A.' The Memoria1states "In proud memory of British soldiers originally buried at Rietfontein 59, Balfour, Greylingstad, Cyferfontein 233, Va1station, Standerton Old Civilian and Military Cemeteries, whose remains are now reinterred in this Garden of Remembrance".

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A Second Boer War Casualty

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