2nd South African War (Boer War)

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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4th April 1917

John Egerton-Leigh, G Social 1890. Captain, 10th Bn, King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Killed in action at Metz-en-Couture, during the German Retreat to the Hindenberg Line

He was a career soldier from 1897, serving in the Second South African War until 1902. He then went out to Canada as a farmer until the outbreak of WW1 in 1914.

He went to France in July 1915, and served on the Ypres Salient February to July, 1916, being wounded at Ypres. He afterwards served on the Somme, was at the taking of Guillemont, and was again wounded there, being mentioned in despatches January 4th, 1917. After he was wounded at Ypres he carried in his sergeant, who was also wounded. Finding him too heavy he came in for assistance. and went out again himself in spite of a very nasty rifle fire, and brought him in. He died leading his Company into action. After being wounded once he persevered until a bullet killed him outright. He was buried close to where he fell, just south of Metz-en-Couture and some ten miles from Cambrai.

Aged 41

Capt John Egerton-Leigh. kia 4 April 1917

Capt John Egerton-Leigh. kia 4 April 1917

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

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24th September 1916. Alfred Benson. F Social, 1880. Major, Royal Army Medical Corps. Died on active service in the bombing of Scarborough.

Alfred Benson was a career soldier, serving as a surgeon with the RAMC. He served throughout the South African War. He was wounded at Johannesburg while attached to the Gordon Highlanders. He received the Queen’s medal with five clasps and the King’s medal with two clasps and was mentioned in Lord Kitchener’s dispatches. Already retired, at the outbreak of the War Major Benson volunteered for service, and for eight months was in France, and then with the Home Forces. He left a widow, a daughter, and a son who was also serving in France.

The bombing of Scarborough was the first attack on a civilian target on mainland Britain.

Aged 52

Alfred Benson, Major, RAMC. Killed in the bombing of Scarborough

Alfred Benson, Major, RAMC. Killed in the bombing of Scarborough

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

The grave of Lesley Douglas-Hamilton at Peronne Road Cemetery. Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The grave of Lesley Douglas-Hamilton at Peronne Road Cemetery. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

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Battle of the Somme

24th July 1916. Lesley Douglas-Hamilton. A Social, 1896. Major, Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action.

He was a career soldier whose original commission was in the Cameron Highlanders in September, 1901. He was promoted to Captain in 1905.  He served in the last year of the 2nd South African War and elsewhere in the colonies. He was awarded the Queen’s Medal with five clasps.

As a serving soldier, when the War began he was transferred from his original regiment and given a commission as a Major with the Lancashire Fusiliers.

Aged 35

Lesley Douglas-Hamilton, Major, Lancashire Fusiliers. kia Battle of the Somme

Lesley Douglas-Hamilton, Major, Lancashire Fusiliers. kia Battle of the Somme

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

The grave of Roland Logan at Birr Road Cemetery.  Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The grave of Roland Logan at Birr Road Cemetery. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

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16th October 1915.  Roland Logan, E Social 1896.  Captain, 5th Bn, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry.  Killed in action, Battle of Loos.

 

He was a career soldier who had served in the Second South African War in 1900.

Aged 33

Roland Logan, Captain, 5th Bn, Ox & Bucks LI.  kia 16 October 1915

Roland Logan, Captain, 5th Bn, Ox & Bucks LI. kia 16 October 1915

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The grave of Richard Dundas at Cabaret Rouge.  Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The grave of Richard Dundas at Cabaret Rouge. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

25th September 1915

Battle of Loos

Richard Dundas, D Social 1882.  Lt-Col commanding, 11th Bn, The Royal Scots.  Reported missing, presumed killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Loos, along with most of his battalion. ‘His magnificent and heroic leadership at Loos will never be forgotten, and his loss there cannot be too much deplored. His was a great personality and attractive nature, absolutely just and true, unfailing in sympathy and courtesy to all, untiring in work, an ideal soldier, with the keenest of brains, who jealously guarded the honour and traditions of the regiment that he loved, lived, and died for, and to which his loss is irreparable.” The Times.

He was a career soldier whose family had served in the regiment since 1670. Like Cecil Palmer (killed at Gallipoli) he had come out of retirement to command one of the newly formed battalions.

Richard Dundas, Lt-Col commanding 11th Bn, Royal Scots.  Missing 25 September 1915

Richard Dundas, Lt-Col commanding 11th Bn, Royal Scots. Missing 25 September 1915

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26th July 1915.  Cecil Palmer,  H & G Socials 1888.  Lt-Col commanding, 9th Bn, Royal Warwickshire Regt.  Killed in action at Gallipoli.  The Warwickshires were one of Kitchener’s newly recruited forces. Cecil Palmer, a career soldier, was called up from retirement to command them.  He left a widow and three children.  Aged 42

Cecil Palmer. Lt-Col commanding 9th Bn, Royal Warwickshire Regt.  kia 26 July 1915

Cecil Palmer. Lt-Col commanding 9th Bn, Royal Warwickshire Regt. kia 26 July 1915

The Helles Memorial.  Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015

The Helles Memorial. Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015

Cecil Palmer commemorated on the Helles Memorial.  Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015

Cecil Palmer commemorated on the Helles Memorial. Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015

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The grave of Darell Jeffreys at Chester Farm Cemetery.  Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The grave of Darell Jeffreys at Chester Farm Cemetery. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

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11th July 1915. Darell Jeffreys, B Social 1896. Captain, 1st Bn, Devonshire Regt.  Killed in action in an unknown engagement in Flanders.  He was a career soldier who had served in the Second South African War.  At Radley, he coxed the VIII.  Aged 33

Darell Jeffreys, Captain, 1st Bn Devonshire Regt.  kia 11 July 1915

Darell Jeffreys, Captain, 1st Bn Devonshire Regt. kia 11 July 1915

Commemorating the Fallen of WW1

The name of John Wheen on the Le Touret Memorial.  Photographed for 'Marching in Memory' for Combat Stress, July 2015

The name of John Wheen on the Le Touret Memorial. Photographed for ‘Marching in Memory’ for Combat Stress, July 2015

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14th May 1915.  Today we remember two Radleians who fell, one in France, the other the first Australian Radleian to fall at Gallipoli. John Wheen, E Social 1894. Captain, 1st Bn, Liverpool Regt. Missing, presumed killed in action, Battle of Festubert (part of the 2nd Battle of Ypres).  He served in the Second South African War in 1900 and was invalided home wounded. He was wounded in France in 1914‘previously reported wounded and missing, is now officially presumed to have been killed on May 14-16, 1915.’

John Wheen, Capt 1st Bn Liverpool Regt.  Missing, presumed kia, 14 May 1915

John Wheen, Capt 1st Bn Liverpool Regt. Missing, presumed kia, 14 May 1915

Augustus Maryon-Wilson, Trooper, 2nd Australian Light Horse, Australian Imperial Force.  kia Gallipoli, 14 May 1915

Augustus Maryon-Wilson, Trooper, 2nd Australian Light Horse, Australian Imperial Force. kia Gallipoli, 14 May 1915

Augustus Maryon-Wilson, A Social 1894. Trooper, 2nd Australian Light Horse, Australian Imperial Force. Killed in action, 14-15 May, at Gallipoli.  Originally from Essex, he emigrated to Australia and became a farmer

The grave of A Maryon-Wilson at Shrapnel Valley.  Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015

The grave of A Maryon-Wilson at Shrapnel Valley. Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015

Shrapnel Valley Cemetery is close to ANZAC Cove.  Grave of A Maryon-Wilson in foreground.  Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015

Shrapnel Valley Cemetery is close to ANZAC Cove. Grave of A Maryon-Wilson in foreground. Photo David Bennett, 18 May 2015