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Died at sea 11 months 1 week ago #59187
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Died at sea 11 months 1 week ago #59188
I've made a search through the available newspapers online (many local papers aren't online) and this is what I've found, up to the end of June 1900.
The Castle Line Company's steamer Garth Castle from Capetown, which arrived at Plymouth yesterday, had on board 36 wounded and sick soldiers from the troops now besieged in Ladysmith. Private Creeman, Scots Fusiliers, died on board from double pneumonia at Las Palmas, and was buried at sea.
The Standard, Tuesday 2nd January 1900
Great activity prevailed at Southampton on Thursday morning....The Braemar Castle carried 1,100 officers and men of the 1st King's Own Scottish Borderers and over 200 other military details. One of the Scottish Borderers fell overboard and was drowned just before the vessel left.
South Wales Daily News, Friday 5th January 1900
On the 9th inst. there arrived in Liverpool from Belfast a draft, consisting of upwards of seventy non-commissioned officers and men, of the Royal Irish Rifles. They were en route for Sheffield, where they will be quartered until it is decided whether they will be needed for South Africa. One of the non-commissioned officers reported that during the voyage between Belfast and Liverpool a private in the Rifles fell overboard and was drowned. The body was not recovered.
The Belfast News-Letter, Thursday 11th January 1900
A private of the 2nd Battalion Warwickshire Regiment writes a few notes, dated, December 16th, as follows: A few hours before we arrived at Teneriffe, we lost one of our men, No. 6673, Private Hayhurst, who died with fever. His native place is Oldham, Lancashire. He formerly belonged to the South Lancashire Regiment, we buried him at sea on the 30th November.
Leamington Spa Courier, Saturday 20th January 1900
6673 Private T. Hayhurst, Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Died 9th November 1899
A poor fellow named Stone, a Reservist, died of pneumonia on the 15th [of November, 1899], and there were several cases in hospital of the same complaint. He was buried at sea the same day.
South Wales Daily News, Tuesday 23rd January 1900
2362 Private J. Stone, Welsh Regiment. Died 15th November, 1899
Seven men of the Royal Irish Regiment, who succumbed to influenza on the voyage to the Cape, were buried at sea.
Birmingham Daily Post, Tuesday 23rd January 1900
Mrs. Mary Jones, of Conway, has received the following letter from her nephew at the front in South Africa. The postmark is that of "Durban, Natal," and is dated "27 Dec. 99". The letters reads as follows: -S.S. Canada.We are just arriving to our destination after nearly a month on water. We had a rough passage, especially in the Bay of Biscay. We have had two deaths on board, and they were buried at sea...…..Sapper Richard J. Jones, No 2452, 37th Company, Field Company Royal Engineers.
The Weekly News and Visitors' Chronicle, Friday 26th January 1900
SPALDING MAN DIES AT SEA.Letters just received state that Private J. Pepper, of Spalding, who was with the 2nd Lincolnshire Regiment on the Goorkha bound for South Africa, died from pneumonia, and was buried at sea near Gibraltar. Pepper left Spalding about 18 months ago.
The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent, Saturday 27th January 1900
The following deaths occurred at sea: -Jan. 11. - 3399 Pte. E. Lafford, 2nd Gloucester Regiment (pneumonia), Kildown Castle ; 251/ Pte. R. Quick, 2nd Gloucester Regiment (pneumonia), Cymric.Jan. 13. - 1995 Pte. R. Oakley, 2nd Gloucester Regiment (pneumonia), Cymric.Jan. 17. - 14428 Driver C. Eye, 76th Battery Royal Field Artillery (pneumonia), Cymric.
Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, Sunday 28th January 1900
3399 Private E. Lafford, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 11th January 1900
2517 Private R. Quick, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 13th January 1900
1995 Private R. Oakley, Gloucestershire Regiment. Died 13th January 1900
probably 14428 Drummer E. H. Rye, 76th Battery, Royal Field Artillery. Died 17th January 1900
In letters to his [ Private Michael Henry Reed ] parents...he said that his regiment (2nd Lancashire Fusiliers) had a very good voyage to Cape Town. On the way out one man, who had died of pneumonia, was buried at sea.
The Weekly Standard and Express [Blackburn], Saturday 3rd February 1900
Major Alfred Edward Wrottesley, of Fair View, Farnborough, and of the Royal Engineers, who died at sea, aged 44 years, on October 26 last, on the voyage to South Africa in the steamship Gascon.....
The Hampshire Advertiser, Saturday 3rd February 1900
The transport Briton arrived at Capetown, January 29, unexpectedly at three o'clock in the afternoon, and came into the docks flying the flag of the London Volunteers at the foremast. The trip from England was pleasant and uneventful, the health of the Volunteers being very good with the exception of Colour-Sergeant Gibbons, who died of pneumonia and was buried at sea.
Royal Cornwall Gazette, Thursday 8th February 1900
Two letters have been received in South Shields from Private Wm. Templeman, of the 5th Northumberland Fusiliers, one dealing with his voyage out to the Cape in the Kildonald Castle and the other obviously of a very limited nature - from Bloemfontein where he is a prisoner in the hands of the Boers. In the first letter, which is addressed to his sister, he says: - "....One of the Welsh Regiment died of fever and was buried at sea." (This letter was wrote on the back of a photo of the Kildonald Castle.)
The Shields Daily Gazette, Wednesday 14th February 1900
A corporal who was on board the transport Briton with the C.I.V. contingent sends us the following details of the burial at sea of Colour-Sergt. Gibbons, of the City Imperial Volunteers. Gibbons died of acute pneumonia soon after crossing the line, and was buried with full military honours. The deceased had resigned his commission as captain of the Inns of Court Volunteers in order to accept service in the mounted contingent of the C.I.V. He left Southampton in the Briton on January 13, to all appearances in the best of health, but the disease soon manifested itself. The funeral took place at four bells (ten a.m.) on January 24. His fellow sergeants acted as pall-bearers, the excellent band of the Briton, under Bandmaster T. F. Wright, playing the "Dead March" in "Saul" in an impressive manner. The funeral procession passed along the hurricane deck, led by the colonel and the firing party with arms reversed, the corpse being covered by the Union Jack. The funeral service was read by Colonel Cholmondeley, C.O., and the firing party was made up of 19 of the Inns of Court Volunteers.
Yorkshire Telegraph and Star, Monday 19th February 1900
1278 Colour Sergeant E. J. Gibbons, City Imperial Volunteers. Died 23rd January 1900
A rumour was current in Peterboro' on Monday that one of the Peterboro' Volunteers, Love, of Eye, had died on the voyage and been buried at sea. This was, however, an error, the unfortunate Volunteer being corp. Dove, from the Wellingboro' district, who died the morning the Greek touched at Teneriffe.
The Stamford Mercury, Friday 9th March 1900
7087 Corporal J. Dove, Northamptonshire Regiment. Died 21st February 1900
The following have died from pneumonia at sea on the Cheshire : - Private J. Butchart, 2nd Battalion Royal Highlanders, 19th February ; Sergeant D. Matthews, Permanent Staff 3rd Battalion South Wales Borderers, 21st February ; Colour-Sergeant T. Williams, Permanent Staff 3rd Battalion South Wales Borderers, 24th Feb. ; and Private D. Connor, 3rd Battalion South Wales Borderers, 25th February.
South Wales Daily News, Tuesday 13th March 1900
3030 Private J. Butchart, Black Watch. Died 19th February 1900
2007 Sergeant D. Matthews, South Wales Borderers. Died 21st February 1900
1628 Colour Sergeant T. Williams, South Wales Borderers. Died 24th February 1900
5582 Private D. Connor, South Wales Borderers. Died 25th February 1900
From General of Communications, Cape Town, March 15.
Private C. Lyons, 6th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, of pneumonia, at sea.
The Western Mail, Saturday 17th March 1900
6756 Private C./J. Lyons, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 3rd March 1900
The following men died at sea on passage home in s.s. Avoca : -
February 11, King's Royal Rifle Corps, 9921 Corporal F. Malcolm.February 18, 2nd Battalion Scottish Rifles, 1628 Sergeant F. Davidson.February 5, 1st Battalion Manchester Regiment, 2553 Corporal J. Elder.February 12, 1st Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 5757 T. Stevens.February 20, 2nd Battalion Scots Fusiliers, 1435 Lance-corporal H. Smith.
Reynolds' Newspaper, Sunday 18th March 1900
The following men died at sea on passage home in s.s. Avoca : -
February 11. - King's Royal Rifle Corps - 9921 Corporal F. Malcolm.
February 5. - 1st Battalion Manchester Regiment - 3553 Corporal J. Elder.
February 18. - 2nd Battalion Scottish Rifles - 1628 Sergeant F. Davidson.
February 20. - 2nd Battalion Scots Fusiliers - 1435 Lance-Corporal H. Smith.
South Wales Daily News, Monday 19th March 1900
LIEUTENANT THOMAS DUNCAN LEIGH WHITTINGTON, of the 1st Battalion King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, died at sea on the 12th of March, on board the transport Sumatra, bound for South Africa, of malarial fever. Son of Canon Richard T. Whittington, of Northenden Rectory, Cheshire, and The Limes, Charmouth, Dorestshire, he was in his twenty-seventh year and entered the Army from the Militia on August 8, 1894. He had been a Lieutenant in his Regiment since the 23rd of September, 1896.
The Standard, Tuesday 27th March 1900
On 19th February the Majestic left St. Vincent.....Then four large sharks played about the ship's bow, and (as if to carry out the old yarn) two days after Private Doolan of the Lancasters, an old soldier of Roberts's Afghan Army, died from pneumonia, following influenza. He died at 9 o'clock on the morning of the 27th, and was buried at sea at 6 o'clock the same night.
South Wales Daily News, Tuesday 27th March 1900
presumably 1701 Private M. Dooley, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. Died 26th February 1900
The death is announced of a Burnley soldier of the name of Private John Lane, who succumbed to pneumonia on board the Tantallon troopship, which arrived at Cape Town a few days ago. Lane, we understand, was buried at sea. He left Burnley five or six weeks ago, was married, and his widow resides in Robert-street. The deceased soldier is said to have been as fine a young fellow as ever donned a soldier's uniform.
Burnley Express, Wednesday 28th March 1900
1375 Private John Lane, Lancashire Fusiliers. Died 10th March 1900
AT SEA ON BOARD STEAMSHIP PAVONIA.1st Sussex Regiment. - Private R. West, supposed to have fallen overboard during bad weather on the 12th inst.; Private A. Reeves, pneumonia, 12th inst.; Private W. Kenyon on February 15.
The Western Mail, Friday 30th March 1900
1589 Private W./R. West, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 12th February 1900
3205 Private A. Reeves, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 12th February (or 7th March 1900?)
2980 Private W. Kenyon, Royal Sussex Regiment. Died 15th February 1900
Died at sea on the transport Sumatra, March 12th. - 1st Lancaster Regiment - Lieutenant T. Whittington, malarious fever and meningitis.
South Wales Daily News, Saturday 31st March 1900
Writing on March 2nd from Cape Town, South Africa, to his mother who resides in Cob-street, Blackburn, Private E. Coulton, of the 3rd King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, says: - "....We had a pleasant journey all the way, but we had the misfortune to lose one of our men, as he died on board, so we buried him at sea. He came from Blackburn and formerly lived in King-street.
Weekly Standard and Express [Blackburn], Saturday 31st March 1900
The following deaths have occurred : -Private Arthur Campbell Lennie, Army Medical Corps, died at sea of double pneumonia on March 14th, on s.s. Sunda.1st Yorkshire Regiment. - Private J. Moroney died at sea on the steamer Aurania on March 24th of pericarditis.
South Wales Daily News, Saturday 31st March 1900
Died at sea 11 months 1 week ago #59189
Troopship "Greek,"Off African Coast,February 22nd, 1900.I am sorry to say that just before entering Teneriffe, a young fellow, a Corporal in the North Hants. Rifles, died on board. He could not be buried on shore, so directly after we had lost sight of the Island the burial service was read over him whilst the ship's bell tolled out solemnly, and as the body was committed to the deep three volleys were fired by a section of his Company as a parting salute. The affair caused a great depression amongst us all for a while, but such is human nature! within an hour or so things resumed their ordinary course, and the sad affair was forgotten, except by his own immediate comrades.
The Haverfordwest and Milford Haven Telegraph, Wednesday 4th April 1900
Advices received yesterday from Cape Town announce the death, at sea, of Private Sewell, of Sherburn, a member of the Special Service Contingent (Scarborough). He is reported to have died of pneumonia, and was buried at sea.
Yorkshire Evening Post, Wednesday 4th April 1900
Private F. H. Cornish, of Exeter, with the 1st R.V. contingent in South Africa, has sent home a well written letter, dated Durban, March 12th, in which he gives some interesting particulars of his voyage to the Cape in the s.s. Greek.....One of the men of the Northampton Volunteers died the night before they reached Santa Cruz, and was buried at sea in the evening after they had left the harbour.
Exeter Flying Post, Saturday 14th April 1900
The officer commanding the troops on board the transport Narrung reports that when off Southend on April 16 Sergeant E. J. Chipperfield, 2nd Battalion Norfolk Regiment, fell overboard and was drowned.
Weekly Mail, Saturday 21st April 1900
The Royal Mail steamer Austral, belonging to the Orient line, arrived at the Albert Docks yesterday morning with 177 invalids from South Africa......Only one death occurred on board, viz., that of Private Brand, of the East Riding Regiment, who died from enteric fever, and was buried at sea.
Leeds Mercury, Thursday 26th April 1900
Lieutenant Ely, Royal Dublin Fusiliers ; Private Burrand, Leicestershire Regiment ; and Private Stanton, Somerset Light Infantry, who were on route for England from South Africa on the Orecana, died at sea. [Burrand appeared as Durrand in another report]
Evening Express, Monday 30th April 1900
The hospital ship Nubia landed at Southampton yesterday 41 officers and 270 men, invalids. When the vessel left Durban there were 165 cot cases, but 122 men are now nearly convalescent. Five soldiers were buried at sea.
The Courier and Argus, Wednesday 2nd May 1900
News was received in Shepton Mallet on Sunday morning of the death of Private Read, a member of the Active Service Company of the Somerset Volunteer Regiments, on his way to South Africa. The deceased, who was one of the best shots of the Shepton Mallet Company, was taken ill shortly after passing Las Palmas, and was ordered by the doctor to go to the hospital, where he gradually sank, and died on March 23, and was buried at sea the following morning. Bath Chronicle, Thursday 3rd May 1900
6848 Private Reid/Read, Somerset Light Infantry. Died 23rd March 1900
EASTLEIGH.The news that Private H. Sherman, of the Durham Light Infantry, had died while on his way home from South Africa in the Nubia became known on Tuesday evening, and excited much sympathy for the wife and children he has left behind. A few months ago the deceased was wounded in one of the engagements under General Buller, but is stated to have recovered. Pneumonia, however, supervened, and he was invalided home, and died during the course of the voyage, and was buried at sea. His wife went down to the Docks expecting to meet him on Tuesday, and the shock she must have received on being suddenly made acquainted with her loss can easily be imagined.
The Hampshire Advertiser, Saturday 5th May 1900
Trooper P. Tame, son of Mr. Charles Tame, of Appleford, was, with his brother, in the second contingent of Berks Yeomanry, and writing to his father on April 10th from Maitland Camp, four miles from Capetown, he says: -"We had a good voyage out, and got to Capetown last Wednesday, but had to remain on board till Friday, as there were a lot of ships waiting to unload. We had one man die on board from consumption, and we buried him at sea....."
Jackson's Oxford Journal, Saturday 5th May 1900
We deeply regret to have to record the death of Quartermaster Sergeant T. G. Taylor, of the Leicestershire Imperial Yeomanry, and a well-known townsman of Oakham, which occurred on board the homeward-bound steamship Cymric, from South Africa, on May 3rd. During the preliminary training, before leaving England on the 7th February last, Mr. Taylor contracted a severe cold, and this he was unable to shake off, although he continued well enough to undertake the voyage. On arrival at Capetown, however, the deceased was seized with an attack of pneumonia, pleurisy, and bronchitis combined, and the effect of this was such that it was impossible for him to proceed on active service, he was invalided home, and with sixteen officers and 220 men who had fallen out of the ranks, he started for home again in the Cymric, but, unfortunately, was not permitted to complete the voyage. His younger son, who has had charge of the deceased's business since he went away, received, two days ago, a letter from Colonel Tudway, one of the officers on board the vessel, and who himself was wounded in the spine at Paardeberg, informing him of his father's death, and stating that he was buried at sea, as already said, with full military honours.
Oakham and Uppingham Journal, Saturday 12th May 1900
T. G. Taylor is named on the Rutland ABW memorial tablet in All Saints Church, Oakham
Barristers of the Oxford Circuit have subscribed for a memorial brass to be placed in one of the cathedrals on the circuit in memory of Mr. E. J. Gibbons, who joined the City of London Imperial Volunteers, but died on the voyage to Capetown, and was buried at sea.
Birmingham Daily Post, Tuesday 15th May 1900
1278 Colour Sergeant E. J. Gibbons. Died 23rd January 1900
Mr. W. B. Ferrier, of Cardiff Docks, has received a letter from his nephew, Trooper Charles Ferrier, of the ist Battalion Imperial Yeomanry, written when the battalion was at Maitland Camp, Cape Town. The letter is as follows : - …...one young fellow died and was buried at sea. He belonged to the 5th Light Horse. He had been inoculated the night before, and they say it was the cause of his death....
Evening Express, Thursday 17th May 1900
The South Wales Daily News' printing, on the same date, of Trooper Ferrier's letter gave the unit as the Fife Light Horse.From Private A. Gibbs, S.J.A.B., No. 11, General Hospital, South Africa."We have had five deaths - three were buried at sea, and two on shore at St. Vincent, where we were five days coaling the vessel....We left St. Vincent, on April 4th.....
Jackson's Oxford Journal, Saturday 19th May 1900
The hospital ship Lismore Castle reached the Royal Albert Docks yesterday afternoon, having on board 16 officers and 200 men invalided from the seat of war. Ten men died on the voyage, the principal cause being enteric fever, and were buried at sea.
The Morning Post, Monday 21st May 1900
The transport Aurania, with fifteen officers and 610 invalided men from the front, arrived at Southampton on Wednesday morning....There were three deaths on the voyage, namely, Dr. Adair, the ship's doctor, who succumbed to dysentery, Trooper Miller, 2nd Dragoons, and Private Hawes, 2nd Lancaster Regiment.
The Western Mail, Thursday 24th May 1900
The secretary of the hospital ship "Maine" on Wednesday received a cable announcing the safe arrival of the ship at Cape Town on Tuesday, and reporting that Orderly Panstrom had died of meningitis on the 21st, and was buried at sea.
The South Wales Daily Post, Wednesday 30th May 1900 - the Nottingham Evening Post, same date, reported the name as Ranstrom
We boarded a ship called Kildonal Castle, which was to take us to Cape Town, starting at 4.30 p.m., 3rd January, 1900.....we sailed away until we reached Madeira. We had to bury one poor chap at sea. We reached Madeira on the 9th January, 1900.The Chester Courant, Wednesday 30th May 1900
Gun Hill Camp, Ladysmith, S.A., April 29th, 1900.I am very pleased to say we had a splendid sea voyage out to the Cape, but regret we had the misfortune to lose two poor fellows of the 88th Connaught Rangers, who were buried at sea at 7.30 a.m.
Nottinghamshire Guardian, Saturday 2nd June 1900
Mr. C. Cook, of 22 Townsend-street, Cheltenham, has received a letter, dated April 26th, from his son, who is a private in the 3rd Grenadier Guards. The writer says: - "You know I arrived safe at the Cape after a long ride by water, but I am sorry to say we lost three men of the Worcester Regiment coming over. They were buried at sea....."
The Cheltenham Chronicle, Saturday 2nd June 1900
Miss Kingsley, the African traveller, died at Simonstown from the effects of an operation. She was nursing the Boer prisoners. She was buried at sea, according to her own request. The body was taken out by a gunboat.
Sunderland Daily Echo, Friday 8th June 1900
The public heard with genuine sorrow of the death of Miss Mary H. Kingsley, the famous African traveller, which occurred on Sunday, at Simonstown, from fever contracted while nursing the Boer prisoners at the hospital. The magnitude of the funeral yesterday was proof of the deep regret which had been occasioned among all classes of people. At the special request of the deceased that the body should be buried at sea, the remains were enclosed in a heavy coffin and conveyed by a torpedo boat several miles seaward off Cape Point, where they were sunk in the depth of the ocean. The naval, military, and civil sections of the population here were all represented, as were also the Boer prisoners. The ceremony was pathetic and unique in South Africa.
Northampton Mercury, Friday 15th June 1900
The Naval Brigade from H.M.S. Terrible having returned, we sailed from Durban 27th March en route for Hong Kong...….for Colombo, reaching that port 16th [April], having experienced a very hot passage across. The ship was placed in quarantine for three days.....we sailed on the 22nd of April for Singapore. A ship's corporal died the day after we left, and was buried at sea with full Naval honours - always an impressive ceremony in mid ocean.
The Hampshire Telegraph, Saturday 16th June 1900
The transport Dilwara landed 200 men and nine officers (invalids) at Plymouth yesterday morning, and afterwards left for Southampton with the remainder. On June 2nd Lieutenant Jelf, of the Royal Engineers, committed suicide on the transport. He blew out his brains. He died within an hour and was buried at sea. A private of the 2nd Devons died from heart disease after the arrival of the vessel at Plymouth.
The Liverpool Mercury, Tuesday 19th June 1900
Lieutenant R. J. Jelf, of the Royal Engineers, shot himself during the homeward voyage from South Africa on the Dilwara. After being employed in the telegraph department in South Africa, he was invalided home suffering from dysentery, which had followed enteric fever. On the evening of June 2nd he left his attendant, and went on the promenade deck. Before anyone could check him he had taken a revolver from his pocket and shot himself. He was beyond medical aid, and died in great agony 45 minutes later. He was buried at sea next morning.
Rhyl Record and Advertiser, Saturday 30th June 1900
Died at sea 11 months 1 week ago #59191
OFFICERS DIED AT SEA:
Lieutenant Thomas Butler Ely, 2nd Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers, died of enteric on board the S.S. "Orcana," at sea on 15th April 1900. He was the only son of Major-Gen. Ely and was born in September 1875, educated at Brighton, entered the Royal Dublin Fusiliers in December 1897 and was promoted Lieutenant in October 1899. He was present at the battle of Talana Hill, where he took command of his company, as his Captain was killed. He then took part in the retirement on Ladysmith and went south with his battalion before the investment of that town was complete. He was then present at all the battles and actions on the Tugela, in which his battalion took part, and entered Ladysmith with the relieving force. He afterwards contracted enteric, was invalided, and died as stated.
Quartermaster and Hon. Lieutenant William Walters Girling, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, died at sea on board the transport "Dilwara," on 22nd May 1902. He was born in May 1857, served in the ranks nearly eighteen years and became quartermaster in the Coldstream Guards in May 1895. He took part in the Soudan Campaign 1885, receiving the medal with clasp and Khedive's star. He had seen much active service in South Africa before he was invalided home and took part in the advance on Kimberley, including the actions at Belmont, Graspan, Modder River, and Magersfontein. He was also present with his battalion in the operations in the O.R.C., from February to May 1900, including the actions at Poplar Grove and Driefontein.
Lieutenant Richard John Jelf, Royal Engineers, died 2nd June 1900, on board the troopship " Dilwara " whilst on his way home invalided from Natal. He was the eldest son of Major-Gen. R. H. Jelf, C.M.G., Governor and Commandant of the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, and was born in 1872. Educated at Cheam and Eton (Mr. Luxmoore's), he obtained his commission in the Royal Engineers in February 1892. Lieutenant Jelf was a good horseman, and when stationed at Gibraltar was well known with the Calpe Hounds. He was selected for service in the Telegraph Battalion when on leave from Gibraltar, and sailed for South Africa 21st October 1899. After serving at De Aar and up to the Modder River, he was transferred with his section of the Telegraph Battalion to Gen. Sir Redvers Buller's command in Natal, and virtually acted as Director of Telegraphs to that officer throughout all his operations up to the Relief of Ladysmith. Having no proper staff to assist him, Lieutenant Jelf had frequently to act as a telegraph operator at the instrument. His health subsequently broke down, and he was invalided home. He was mentioned in despatches, L.G., 8th February 1901, as indefatigable, and having had to work constantly day and night : " no difficulty was too great for him." Gen. Sir Redvers Buller in his despatch 9th November 1900, wrote, "I cannot omit a reference to the late Lieutenant R.J. Jelf, Royal Engineers. A young officer of singular talent and promise, he lost his life from devotion to his duties.'' In September 1899, shortly before he left for South Africa, Lieutenant Jelf married Violet, daughter of Gen. Sir Richard Harrison, Inspector-General of Fortifications.
Major Fitzalan George John Manners, Scots Guards, sailed for South Africa 2nd March 1901 for special service in the M.I., and died at sea on board the S.S.Tagus, off St. Helena, of enteric on 15th March. He was the youngest son of the late Lord George Manners, Royal Horse Guards, and M.P. for Cambridgeshire, who was the third son of the 5th Duke of Rutland. His mother was Mary Adeliza Matilda, daughter of the 13th Duke of Norfolk. Major Manners was born in February 1866 and educated at Hoddesden, Herts, and at Wellington. He entered the Scots Guards in August 1885, from the Royal Military College, and was promoted Captain in May 1897 and major the 1st March 1901, a few days before his death. He was fond of literature and was editor of the Badminton Diary, and author of several books on drill. Major Manners was considered an expert on heraldry.
Lieutenant Charles Edward Martin, 1st Battalion Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians), died of pneumonia at sea on board the "Dilwara" whilst en route to South Africa on 1st May 1900. Born in January 1876, he entered the Leinster Regiment from the 3rd Battalion Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment in March 1897, being promoted Lieutenant in July 1899.
Major Lucius Augustus de Vere Maunsell, 9th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, and late of the Leicestershire Regiment, died on 24th January 1900, on board the S.S. Nile, while going to South Africa with his battalion. Born in August 1863, he entered the Leicestershire Regiment from the Militia in May 1885, and was promoted Captain in 1894. He retired 24th July 1895 and on the same day was promoted to a majority in the 9th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps. His battalion was embodied in December 1899 and volunteering for active service, Major Maunsell embarked with it in January 1900.
Lieutenant W.J. Poole, Imperial Yeomanry, died of dysentery on board the S.S. "Canada," 28th July 1901, while on passage home from South Africa. He was a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd Tower Hamlets Volunteer Rifle Corps. He entered the Imperial Yeomanry as a Lieutenant in April 1901 and served with the 22nd Battalion.
Major Reginald Whitworth Porter, D.S.O., 2nd in command of the 1st Battalion Oxfordshire Light Infantry, died 10th May 1902, of a disease of the heart, on board the transport "Orotava," in which he had been invalided home from South Africa. He was the eldest surviving son of Henry Aylmer Porter, Esq., of Cranbourne Court, Windsor Forest, was born in May 1856 and educated at Cheltenham. He entered the Oxfordshire Light Infantry in September 1876, being promoted Captain in January 1886 and major in November 1894. He served in the campaign on the North West Frontier of India under the late Sir William Lockhart, 1897 98, with the 2nd Battalion of his regiment in the Mohmand Field Force, and with the Peshawur column and the 5th brigade of the Tirah Expeditionary Force, including the operations in the Bara Valley, receiving the medal with two clasps. During the South African war he took part in the march from Modder River to Bloemfontein and was present in the engagements at Klip Drift, Paardeberg, Poplar Grove, Driefontein and the occupation of Bloemfontein. He afterwards served in the O.R.C., and performed the duties of commandant of Rietspruit and Assistant Provost Marshal at Heilbron. He was appointed 2nd in command of his battalion from September 1900 and served subsequently as Railway Staff Officer and was mentioned in despatches, L.G., 10th September 1901, being awarded the D.S.O. and the South African medal with four clasps and the King's medal with two clasps. Major Porter's name is inscribed on the Eleanor Cross Memorial erected at Cheltenham College to the memory 7 of Cheltonians who fell in the war.
Captain Houston Michael Shaw-Stewart, D.S.O., 17th Lancers, was accidentally drowned on 28th July 1901, while on voyage home from South Africa in S.S. "Canada." He was the son of Sir Michael Robert Shaw- Stewart of Ardgowan, Greenock, by his marriage with Lady Octavia Grosvenor, and therefore a grandson of Richard, second Marquis of Westminster. He was born in October 1871, and educated at Eton (Mr. Austen Leigh's), where he was second for the Jelf Prize in 1877. He then went to Christ Church, Oxford. Captain Shaw-Stewart entered the 17th Lancers from the 4th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in December 1894, being promoted Lieutenant in November 1895 and Captain in January 1900. He went out to South Africa with his regiment in February 1900 and saw much service during the war. He was mentioned in despatches, L.G., 10th September 1901 and was awarded the D.S.O. His brother officers have placed a tablet to his memory in St. John's Episcopal Church, Greenock, as a token of their regard and affection.
Captain Francis Hubert Clifford Sutton, Royal Canadian Dragoons, died at sea 6th January 1901 onboard Roslin Castle whilst returning from South Africa to Halifax, N.S. He was the only surviving son of the late Rev. Walter Henry Sutton, of South Cerney, Gloucestershire, and was thirty-five years of age.
Surgeon-Captain John Tressilian Toll, 1st South Australian Mounted Rifles Contingent, died of enteric at sea on 20 June 1900 onboard SS Australasia. He had served during the South African War but had been invalided. He was a fellow of the Royal Colonial Institute, and his name is inscribed on a memorial tablet in the hall of the building in Northumberland Avenue, S.W.
2nd Lieutenant Aylmer Willoughby Wallace, 2nd Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, was invalided home suffering from a broken leg, the effects of an accident in South Africa. He, however, developed symptoms of enteric the day after he joined the S.S. "Dunera," and died 9th October 1901 from this disease. He was the son of Col. N. W. Wallace, J. P., late of the King's Royal Rifle Corps, and now commanding the 4th County of London (King's Colonials) I.Y. 2nd Lieutenant Wallace was born in February 1880 and educated at Rugby. He first served in the Cape Mounted Rifles from the commencement of the war and on the recommendation of the Field-Marshal commanding-in-chief, South Africa, he was granted a commission in the Yorkshire Light Infantry in May 1900. He was then appointed to the M.I. of his battalion, and when invalided had taken part in some 30 engagements, among them the defence of Wepener during its siege by the Boers.
Lieutenant T.D.L. Whittington, 2nd Royal Lancaster Regiment, died of disease at sea on SS Sumatra on 12th March 1900.
Major Alfred Edward Wrottesley, Royal Engineers, was drowned on passage to South Africa 26th October 1899. He was born in December 1855 and entered the Royal Engineers in August 1874, being promoted Captain in August 1885 and major in May 1894. He had been an associate member of the Royal Engineer committee from June 1898. A memorial window, dedicated to him, is in St. Nicholas's Church, Codsall, Staffordshire.
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Died at sea 11 months 1 week ago #59194
Pressland is one of 'my' men. I have his QSA with clasps Talana & Defence of Ladysmith. His name on the QSA is Presland.
Died at sea 11 months 1 week ago #59195
The following deaths occurred at sea on the hospital ship Lismore Castle :
2nd Royal Lancaster Regt. - 5375 Lance-Corp. T. Swan (enteric), April 29.
1st Norfolk Regt. - 4233 Pt. H. Green (hepatitis). April 23.
53rd Battery Royal Field Artillery. - 12602 Dvr. H. Robertson (dysentery), April 26.
1st Leicester Regt. - 3935 Pt. G. Sharpe (dysentery), May 3.
1st South Lancashire Regt. - 2451 Pt. J. Macdonald (tubercle lung), May 15.
2nd Dorset Regt. - 3852 Pt. J. Miles (dysentery), April 26.
5th Dragoon Guards. - 4341 Lance-Corp. H. Doggett (dysentery), April 25 ; 4452 Lance-Corp. G. Taylor (dysentery), May 7.
1st King's Royal Rifle Corps. - 7481 Lance-Corp. W. Pressland (enteric), April 27.
Imperial Light Horse. - 264 Tpr. B. Bains (dysentery).
The Morning Post, Wednesday 23rd May 1900
As Presland received a QSA with clasps it presumably follows that all the above men died on the voyage back to England. Thanks for that, David.
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