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Notable sportsmen who saw service in South Africa 1 year 5 months ago #56839

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Major Wilfred Nash Bolton, O.B.E, late Wiltshire Regiment, 1862 - 1930, was the Provost Marshal at Pietersburg in 1902. He took over from Captain Burns-Begg as the Prosecutor in the Bushveld Carbineers Courts Martial, which led to the executions of Lieutenants ‘Breaker’ Morant and Peter Handcock.

He was a household name in the 1880’s as ‘Baby’ Bolton, the three quarter who played rugby for England in eleven internationals. He was on the winning side seven times.
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Notable sportsmen who saw service in South Africa 1 year 4 months ago #56862

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Lieutenant Edward Challenor, of Barbados, served in the Leicestershire Regiment during the ABW; he played county cricket in England for Leicestershire, and for Western Province and Natal in South Africa.
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Grantley (or Grantly) Thomas Smart Goulding served in the Imperial Light Horse during the ABW - in the 1896 Olympic Games, held at Athens, he won a silver medal in the 110 metre hurdles, running for Great Britain. In fairness, it should be pointed out that there was only one other runner in the final race.
A year or so later, he went to live in South Africa for his health, and enlisted in the ILH shortly after the outbreak of war. He doesn't appear to have been a particularly pleasant person. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grantley_Goulding

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Major Frank Fairburn Crawford, Army Veterinary Department, died 17 January 1900 in the Base Hospital. He embarked with his battalion for South Africa in Oct., 1899. He also played first-class cricket in two countries – in England for Kent County Cricket Club and MCC and in South Africa for Natal. He graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 1873 and enlisted in the army in the same year, joining the Royal Artillery as a veterinarian. In late 1874 he was posted to India where he remained for several years. His army career restricted his cricketing opportunities, although he featured in two first-class matches for Kent during the 1879 season. In total he played 15 times for Kent and made five appearances for MCC between 1880 and 1884 as well as appearing for MCC in India and South Africa in non-first-class matches. He captained Kent at times in the early 1870s before the club appointed official captains. After returning from India, Crawford was stationed in South Africa. He played cricket in South Africa, making his debut for Natal in the 1887 Kimberley Tournament before going on to play in Natal's five first-class matches during the 1889/90 season, the first matches in which the team had been considered as first-class. By the time of the Second Boer War he had reached the rank of Major. He died of dysentery during the war in January 1900 at the military hospital in Pietermaritzburg and is buried at the Fort Napier cemetery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Fairbairn_Crawford




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BereniceUK wrote: Norman Biggs served as a private, rising to lieutenant, in the Glamorgan Yeomanry. He played Rugby Union football for Cardiff, and 8 times for Wales. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Biggs


There's a YouTube video which shows his grave in Nigeria, and the cross over it. A local explains what is believed to be the reason for his murder, but not in English, and no translation is given. But at least you get the opportunity to see and read the inscription over his grave.
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James McCashin was an inside left for Cliftonville Football Club, Belfast, with four appearances for Ireland, before joining the "North of Ireland regiment" of Imperial Yeomanry, in January 1902, for service in South Africa. On his return to Ireland he made one more appearance for the international team, a match against Scotland, in aid of the Ibrox Disaster Fund, in August 1902.

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JustinLDavies wrote: Major Wilfred Nash Bolton, O.B.E, late Wiltshire Regiment, 1862 - 1930, was the Provost Marshal at Pietersburg in 1902. He took over from Captain Burns-Begg as the Prosecutor in the Bushveld Carbineers Courts Martial, which led to the executions of Lieutenants ‘Breaker’ Morant and Peter Handcock.

He was a household name in the 1880’s as ‘Baby’ Bolton, the three quarter who played rugby for England in eleven internationals. He was on the winning side seven times.


His club side was Blackheath Rugby Football Club, and he was serving as a captain in the 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment when he was slightly wounded in the shoulder, on 21st August 1900.

Before going out to South Africa, he had been an instructor at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

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