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Mike Morley



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alexander Kevan CUMMING. Killed in action in South Africa.

Sergeant in the Kimberley Horse, killed at Thlotso, 9th March 1880, part of the Basutoland Rebellion 1880 - 81 (known as the Gun War). The Basutoland Rebellion was fought by the Cape Colony with the idea of disarming the Basotho, an object which failed completely, and by the Basotho, in alliance with various tribes in the Transkei and East Griqualand, to drive out the whites. The latter objective was not attained. Many Africans fought for the Cape but there were no Regular British troops other than a handful of Staff Officers. As a further result of the war the Basotho, in time, came, as they desired, under the direct rule of Great Britain instead of that of the Cape.





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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In memory of Capt William M Douglas of Burnbrae late of 90th Highland Borderers died 13 September 1876 aged 58 years. And Mary Ann Davidson his widow died 13th May 1912.



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The headstone reads: In memory of Edward Hawes, Captain Royal Navy who died at Stranraer 25th Jany 1878 aged 84 years. Also Mary Georgina his daughter who died at Portpatrick 13th Feby 1863 aged 26 years. And George his son who was lost at sea aged 25 years. Also Mary Ann Cornelius wife of the above Capt Hawes RN who died at Stranraer 7th July 1885 aged 78 years.

Captain Edward Hawes RN was involved in the laying of a telegraph cable between Scotland and Ireland. In July 1852 Captain Hawes, the Admiralty’s general superintendent at Portpatrick Harbour, set out in the Reliance and successfully laid over 20 miles of cable from Portpatrick to Donaghadee.



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The headstone reads: Erected by Matilda McMaster in affectionate remembrance of her husband John McMaster, surgeon, late RN, who died at Stranraer 23rd June 1870 aged 68 years.



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Extract from an auction sale of medals in 2001: Robert Wilson was born at Stranraer, Wigtonshire, on 20 May 1825. MD (Edinburgh) 1845; Assistant Surgeon, 7th Dragoons, 25 August 1848; Surgeon, 6th Dragoons, 9 February 1855; Staff Surgeon, 2nd Class, 16 March 1855. Lord Raglan’s second despatch as to the battle of Inkermann, dated Before Sebastopol, 11th November 1854, contains the following passage: “ ...His Royal Highness (the Duke of Cambridge) speaks also in the highest terms of the spirited exertions of Assistant Surgeon Wilson of the 7th Hussars, who at a critical moment rallied a few men which enabled them to hold the ground till re-inforced.” Wilson retired and was granted a military allowance from 1 January 1856 to 31 December 1858.



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Corporal Colin Campbell, Baden-Powell's South African Police.

The shaft of the cross has been dislodged and partly obscures the inscription which reads: Killed in action at Kalklaagte Orange River Colony, 16th July 1901 aged 33 years.

Wigtownshire Free Press (25 July 1901:) Much regret was occasioned in Stranraer on Saturday when it transpired that a telegraph had been received intimating that Corporal Colin Campbell, of Baden-Powell's South African Police, had been killed in action with the Boers in South Africa. The details that have transpired indicate that a party of the Eastern Division of the Constabulary were ambushed at Kalklaagte, near Petrusburg, on Tuesday of last week, with the result that Corporal Campbell and another member were killed, a third dangerously wounded, and seventeen others taken prisoners. Corporal Campbell was a son of the late Patrick Campbell of Belmont, Stranraer, and married a daughter of Mr Hugh Adair, solicitor, Stranraer, who had been residing in the town for some time, and for whom deepest sympathy is expressed in her untimely bereavement. Corporal Campbell joined Baden-Powell's Constabulary on their formation. He is the second member of the family who has met his death in the current war, the first being Sergt Patrick Campbell, of the Imperial Yeomanry, husband of the famous actress. We understand that a third son, Charles, is still with the forces in South Africaa.

The other brother who died, Sergt Patrick Campbel, is not named on the gravestone but I have found this report of his death in the Wigtownshire Free Press (24 May 1900): A Glasgow gentleman has received a letter from a relative holding a responsible position inthe Imperial Transport Service at Kimberley, in which the tragic circumstances of the death of Sergeant Patrick Campbell, of the Imperial Yeomanry, son of the late Mr Campbell of Belmont, Stranraer, are described. It appears that at the fight at Boshof, after General Villstein de Mareuil was killed by a piece of shell, the enemy surrendered and raised a white flag. The writer continues: "Patrick Campbell, the actress's husband, and the Yeomanry Sergeant Major went forward to take the surrender, and when within thirty yards of the enemy Campbell was shot right through the head. Lord Chesham, in command, with a squadron of men, then went up and threatened to shoot the whole crowd unless they handed up the man who had shot Campbell. He was promptly given away by his comrades, and taken and shot on the spot - a just reward for his treachery - but poor Campbell has passed the Styx also. All the prisoners taken were Frenchmen, with the exception of one Russian, who stated that he was a Russian Prince, and demanded better treatment than the others. Chesham promptly had him handcuffed and marched off between two n****** [my censorship], just to show our respect for him."

I wonder who Patrick was not similarly remembered on the family headstone.





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