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QSAs with the clasp Wepener 1 year 1 month ago #59698

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I was looking into Hugo H P De Burgh, CMR who was killed at Wepener on 11 April 1900.

This uncovered the sad tale that his brother, Colonel De Burgh visited the grave and erected a wooden cross made from a window frame. The wooden cross was replaced by a headstone and the original was taken back to Ireland to the De Burgh plot in Maudlings cemetery, Naas, Kildare

A picture of the grave in Naas (from: historicgraves.com/graveyard/maudlins/kd-mdln )



Is that date 1906?
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QSAs with the clasp Wepener 1 year 1 month ago #59722

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Yes, 1906. I had a look in Palmer and SAFF (under CMR) and could not find any entry. Was Hugo H.P.DeBurgh a "missed entry" in the casualty lists?
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De Burge is clearly shown in Watt as killed and interred at Jammersberg Drift, although, the date shown is the 10th of April rather than the 11th.
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IL,

He is listed in the SAFF roll but as Burke rather than De Burgh.

There is some confusion about the date. I have taken the grave for the date of his demise.
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One day's difference in date of death is no big issue - what was happening 10/11 April in the siege? Was that the night attack in which the CMR bore the brunt? Sorry for the simple qs but I don't have access to the talk I created on Wepener.

According to the medal rolls "Burke" was an alias. A troubled man escaping misdemeanours?
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7 April - encirclement by the Boer complete
8 April - No activity. Despatch says "The 7th and 8th were spent in erecting schanzen all along the position, but as, in most instances, there was barely a foot of soil, we had to depend, in a great measure, on stone schanzen."
9 April - Boers begin shelling from daybreak and rifle fire. 70 casualties reported. More defences built overnight
10 April - Boer shelling and rifle fire. Boer attacks. CMR bayonet charge
11 April - Shelling during daylight. Sniper reported. Shell burst in the CMR trenches, killing and wounding 18.
12 April - shelling and attack
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