Died on his way home from the War. - In the list of casualties which appeared in the papers for Saturday, the name of Mr. Frank Mardall was chronicled as having succumbed to enteric fever on the transport ship 'American' whilst conveying invalided soldiers from the seat of war. Deceased was the son of Mr. George Mardall, gardener, Pigot Villas [ Denbigh ]. He joined the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards about two years ago, and was ordered to the front at the commencement of hostilities. He had taken part in many engagements while serving under Lord Methuen. Much sympathy is felt with the family of the deceased in their sad loss. The North Wales Times, Saturday 16th June 1900
WO100/196 page 196 has "7628 Pte F.Mardell (note slightly different spelling) was awarded QSA with clasps "Belmont", "Modder River" and "Dreifontein". Roll marginal note has "To England 12.5.00 and Died at Sea".
In the local press there were 6 separate references to him as Mardall and just one as Mardell, between 1899-1902. His Queen's Chocolate box was put on display in a Denbigh shop window, again Mardall. A 1902 In Memoriam notice again gives the surname as Mardall and gives his date of death as May 23rd 1900.
I am working on transcribing the diary and letters that I have received with regards to a medal that I just obtained and I came across this for your information...… This is just the first part of a very long letter.....
February 16th, 1900
Dear Dad and Mum
Am writing this today with hope of mailing it at Cape Town tomorrow Capt. Expects to arrive about noon thank goodness one gets tired of the sea for twenty eight days we have had a fine trip all through no storms at all but the last couple of days have been blowing quite fresh and sea was choppy she rolled considerable but none of us were sick. The rest of the trip was just like summer the sea like a mill pond I slept out on deck all the way down HaHa am used to hard bed now we just take our blanket and roll it up for a pillow and lay down were ever we can find a space to stretch with the southern cross shining down on you quite romantic as Sue says. We have had the good luck to shear from all disease not one sick with anything. We sighted a steamer the other day she reported (9) men dead and others sick with small pox, she was also bound for the Cape with Volunteers. We have lost quite a number of horses especially at first. etc.......
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