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Horbury, Yorkshire 3 years 2 months ago #54437

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Horbury is a large village, three miles to the south-west of Wakefield. The roll of honour is in the entrance to what used to be the town hall, and as the inscription refers to "the men of Horbury who served," it includes names of both regulars and volunteers.

Augustus Baines
James Barber
Andrew Bennett
Luke Blacker
George Blackmore
James H. Burton
Samuel Cook
Edgar Charlesworth
Thomas Charlesworth
Cyrus Septimus Eland
William Exley
Frederick Fletcher
John Hy. Goldthorpe
Alfred Haigh
Walter Hanson
Benjamin Harrop
Charles Edward Hartley
Ernest Hodgson
J. Holdroyd
John Hornby
Lister Metcalfe
Tom Mountain
John Murgatroyd
Samuel Musgrave
Robert Ernest Payne
Berry Ripley
Arthur Smith
John Tordoff
Lewis Yates









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Another good spot Berenice, how did you know it was there?

Are the gates commemorative too?

I have identified just 9 of the 29 men listed, but I got "Arthur Smith" :)

King's Own Yorkshire LI is most common regiment and I think there are others but I cannot identify them positively.

Walter Hanson, unidentified for the ABW, is I think the same Walter Hanson who lies under a CWGC headstone in the village cemetery, he died there in 1918 serving in the Royal Defence Corps.
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I was planning a visit to the Wakefield area (for yesterday) and, if I remember rightly, it came up in a search for "Wakefield Boer War" - www.ossett.net/beyond/Horbury_Town_Hall.html
The article has these two paragraphs -
"Inside the Town Hall are a number wall-mounted plaques including a memorial tablet to honour the men that served in the South African War 1899-1902. In 1951, two of the men listed on this Boer War plaque were alive and living in the UK, whilst a third had moved to live in Maracabo, Venezuala."

"He finished by telling the assembled crowd that there would be a brass plaque mounted in the entrance commemorating the Horbury men who gave their lives in the recent war. This was the Boer War (1899-1902). Facing this plaque would be another bearing the names of the present Council. “A little bit of vanity,” he said."
The plaque only mentions men who served; did any of them die in South Africa?



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Cyrus Septimus Eland may have died in the war - www.wakefieldfhs.org.uk/cgi-bin/teemz/te...mily_History_Sharing

Did he serve in South Africa in his early 60s. Is that possible? www.geni.com/people/Cyrus-Eland/6000000029698441399

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There's a photograph of Berry Ripley, in 1918, here - www.ossett.net/beyond/Shepherds_Arms.html He died in 1926, aged 48 (born 1877).

* The photo of Berry Ripley has since been removed from the linked page.

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The only fatality was the splendidly named Cyrus Septimus Eland Pte 5033 7th DG, dysentery Kroonstad 03-11-1901. Fortunately papers survive for him and he enlisted "age 22" in April 1900.

As it happens Berry Ripley was POW at Nooitgedacht 13-12-1900, Pte 4783 KOYLI. Super picture of him.

Luke Blacker was killed in 1915 as a Sgt with the KOYLI - the WW1 memorial doesn't have any names: www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/216532

So far using British Newspaper Archive I can't find a report of the memorial's unveiling which may list the names and units.
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