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Worksop, Nottinghamshire 6 months 4 weeks ago #64381

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There are two memorial tablets in Worksop, and I've included them both in this post.

The tablet on the exterior of the Town Hall has eight names, all "natives of this town."

Lieutenant A. G. Williams - possibly Arthur Cole Williams?
Private W. Barton
Private E. Brammer
Private T. Cresswell
Private W. Hawson
Private J. Riggott
Private J. Hall
Private R. W. K. Finbow





The tablet in Worksop Priory omits the last three names.



The Town Hall tablet was made by "G. Colton," that at the Priory by "Richardson Worksop."
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THE LATE LIEUT . WILLIAMS OF THE SHERWOOD RANGERS . - Lieut. Williams, killed in action with the Sherwood Rangers Company of the Imperial Yeomanry, was the son of Mr. Ashley G. Williams, for a number of years agent for the Duke of Newcastle. He was educated at Marlborough, and was 26 years of age. The young lieutenant was born at Sparken Hill, Worksop, and left with his parents when they went to reside at Portsea. Lieut. Williams was recently living at Newark, as a pupil with Messrs. Hole, and joined the Newark troop of the Sherwood Rangers as a private when the company for active service with the Imperial Yeomanry was formed. Colonel Viscount Galway gave Mr. Williams a commission, and from the moment he joined he was a great favourite with the yeomanry. He was an officer of good presence and fine physique, standing six feet in height.

The Lincoln, Rutland, and Stamford Mercury, Friday 13th April 1900
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OUR FALLEN SOLDIERS.

MEMORIAL TABLET AT WORKSOP.

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Lieutenant-General Lord Grenfell commanding the 4th Army Corps, Eastern District, late Sirdar of Egypt, yesterday, at the Town Hall, Worksop, unveiled a beautiful tablet, executed and given by Mr. G. Colton, sculptor, of Worksop, in memory of Worksop men who fell in the South African campaign. The tablet is of white marble on a black marble background, and is affixed to the main front of the Town Hall. There was a large crowd at the unveiling ceremony. The G Company (Worksop) 4th Notts R.V. formed a guard of honour, under the command of Captain E. Tylden-Wright, and Lieutenant H. Van der Gucht, and were drawn up in the Market Square to receive the distinguished general, who, on arrival, was received with the customary military salute. His Lordship was accompanied by the Duke of Portland and Sir Frederick Milner, Bart., M.P. In the hall to meet the distinguished visitors were the Right Hon. F. J. S. Foljambe, P.C., the Rev. H. T. Slodden, M.A., (Vicar of Worksop), Mr. S. Smith, J.P., Mr. H. V. Machin, J.P., and many others.

After the visitors had been introduced by Mr. R. L. Towne, J.P. (chairman of the Urban District Council) to the principal people present, a move was made to the platform, where Councillor E. Ilett presented the memorial tablet on behalf of Mr. G. Colton, the donor, who was unable to be present owing to illness.

Mr. Towne, in accepting the tablet on behalf of the inhabitants, said they owed a debt of gratitude to Mr. Colton for his handsome gift.

Lord Grenfell then stepped forward and unveiled the tablet, amid loud cheers, and Mr. H. V. Machin placed a magnificent wreath of crimson roses on the top of the tablet. His Lordship said he considered himself greatly honoured by having been selected to perform this ceremony. Although this was far from his own military district, yet he had the greatest interest in everything connected with the volunteer service, and he understood there were the names of men of the volunteers on this tablet, and it was a touching thing to see the names of volunteers coupled with non-commissioned officers and privates of the regular army. Five or six years ago no one in this town would have thought that these brave volunteers would have died for their country, but so it was, and he again repeated how greatly honoured he felt in having been selected to perform this very honourable duty. (Loud applause.)

The Vicar of Worksop then read a dedicatory prayer, after which the Right Hon. F. J. S. Foljambe proposed a vote of thanks to the Duke of Portland for the great interest he had taken in the arrangements connected with those proceedings, and also to Lord Grenfell for attending and unveiling the memorial tablet. - Mr. H. S. Hodding seconded the proposition, which was carried with acclamation.

Lord Grenfell briefly returned thanks.

The Duke of Portland, in also acknowledging the vote, alluded to the Portland Hospital. He was sorry that the idea of sending it out was not his; he wished it had been, but none the less did it give him the greatest pleasure to assist as far as he could those with whom that idea arose, and in doing so he considered that he not only did what many another man did far better than him, that was tried in some small extent to do his duty. (Applause.) With regard to the affairs of the day, he could only say it gave him the very greatest pleasure to be present at the unveiling, because as a near neighbour he was very proud of the gallant part so many of its inhabitants took in the late war. He shared their gladness, which he was sure they all felt, and returned heartfelt thanks that many of their friends who went to South Africa had safely returned, and had been cordially welcomed to their homes, and he was quite certain that the memory of those who lost their lives in the service of their country will always be held in the greatest honour and respect by everyone who lived in the town or in the vicinity of Worksop. "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori" was an old and time-honoured Latin phrase; such an epitaph could rightly be inscribed on the tablet, which he was certain would always be regarded as one of the most cherished possessions of Worksop, where he trusted, nay, he was sure that brave hearts and strong men would always be found ready and willing to fight for their country whenever it was necessary for Englishmen to uphold its honour and glory.

Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Monday 3rd August 1903
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Excellent photos and research Berenice. Thank you.
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I have a photo of a Lt A C Williams but I am not sure if he is the same as A G Williams. 'C' and 'G" are often mixed.

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Worksop, Nottinghamshire 6 months 4 weeks ago #64386

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It's clearly "A. G. Williams" on the town hall tablet, but I couldn't find a Lieutenant A. G. Williams listed as a casualty.

No Worksop birth registration for A. G. or A. C. Williams (an Albert Williams, mother's maiden name was Cox, was registered in the second quarter of 1871), but there were two Alfred George Williams registered at Portsea Island, both in the first quarter of 1876.
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Worksop, Nottinghamshire 6 months 3 weeks ago #64398

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Palmer shows "Lt. A.C.Williams, Killed in action, Tweefontein, 5/4/00, 3rd I.Y."
2nd Lt. Arthur Cole Williams, Nottinghamshire (Sherwood Rangers) Yeomanry Cavalry was killed in action at Boshof, 5 April 1900, a victim to the use of the white flag by the Boers. He was educated at Wellington, where he was in Saunders House, 1887-91. He was for a time in the Surrey militia; he then became a brewer. The loss of this officer is referred to "with regret" by Lt.Gen.Lord Methuen in his despatch of 6/4/1900, London Gazette 8/2/1901, who reports that "Lt. Williams was killed deliberately after the white flag was held up." The Boer who killed Lt. Williams was at once shot. 2nd Lt. Williams had only entered the Nottinghamshire Yeomanry cavalry in 2/1900, proceeding immediately after to South Africa".
My IY CD shows him serving with 10th Coy, 3rd IY.
There are a number of "W.Bartons" in Palmer - however, none appear to have served in the Sherwood Foresters or the IY. Only one E.Brammer in Palmer and he was with 17th L; Palmer shows no "T.Creswell" at all; Palmer does show "2990 Pte Hawson of 4th Sherwood Foresters" as Killed in action at Roodevaal, 7/6/00; Palmer shows only one J.Riggot ("Pte. 4711, 2nd Yorls LI, Died of disease, Pretoria, 30/1/10); Palmer shows many "J.Halls" - none readily able to be ID'd; the only "R. Finbow shown in Palmer is "5912 Pte", who Died of Disease at Standerton with 3KRRC on 26/11/1900.
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LinneyI wrote: Palmer shows no "T.Creswell" at all


5151 Private T. Cresswell, 1st Sherwood Foresters, died 12th June 1901?

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