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5033 Trooper John Lea, Border Horse - date of death? (1901) 9 months 1 day ago #57911

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No exact date given for his death in South Africa, but it was in either late May or early June, 1901.

DEATH IN SOUTH AFRICA OF MR H LEA 'S NEPHEW . - The following passage is taken from the Natal Mercury, June 6th, 1901, received by Mr H Lea, of St Asaph, from his brother Mr O Lea, of Durban, S.A. - "We regret to have to announce the death of another of our young volunteers, Mr John Lea, brother of Mr and Mrs O Lea, of 44, First Avenue. Deceased, who was only 26 years of age, went through the campaign, and with the Border Horse fought his way through into Johannesburg, took part in the relief of Wepener and chase of De Wet, and also in the fights of Fieksburg, Fouriesburg, Senekal, Rustenburg, Juaggasfontein, and Rhenoster. He left his corps towards the end of last year, since when he has been ailing. Last week, whilst staying at Verulam, he was seized with violent dysentery, and Saturday night he passed quietly away. A number of friends of the late volunteer followed his remains to the grave." We may say that the above John Lea was on a visit to St Asaph two years ago just before going out to South Africa.

Denbighshire Free Press, Saturday 6th July 1901
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5033 Trooper John Lea, Border Horse - date of death? (1901) 9 months 1 day ago #57912

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Hi Berenice

His death file is in Pietermaritzburg Archives, it will have date of death etc:

DEPOT NAB
SOURCE MSCE
TYPE LEER
VOLUME_NO 0
SYSTEM 01
REFERENCE 10/453
PART 1
DESCRIPTION LEA, JOHN.
STARTING 19010000
ENDING 19040000
REMARKS D597/1901.

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5033 Trooper John Lea, Border Horse - date of death? (1901) 9 months 1 day ago #57913

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See below. If memory serves his brother, Oliver Lea, was a Mayor of Durban after whom a street in the suburb of Umbilo was named.

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