Frank - thank you and I don't disagree at all with your comments. I did think about using the word terrible and looked is up - "causing terror" "causing awe" "very serious or extreme" "unpleasant or bad" (this last definition is true from the Boers perspective, of course the Lancers were doing their job extremely well and in the way they had been trained to and designed to).
I think Major Gore's men discharged their duty very well on that particular day, I have the upmost respect for them all, what I do find terrible were the awful business men who actually wanted the war and made it happen in the first place.
The QSA is to Private H Stevenson of the Manchester Regiment who was killed at Elandslaagte on 21 October 1899 (as confirmed by the Natal Field Force Casualty Roll, page 152 line 7).
The Manchesters were very much at the front end with their Adjutant being "the first of the attackers to breast the ridge". He wrote "Then we charged again, and again they hooked it and took another position, which we cleared them out of." *
Yes, St Anns Square in the city, the Manchester's Anglo Boer War monument, which as you will know was unveiled by Ian Hamilton himself, sorry for late reply, its been a very busy few days here.
Happy Christmas David,
Kind regards Frank
djb wrote: Frank,
Can you tell me where that memorial comes from please?
Here it is David, I don't supose you know who the girl is on the right, do you? I snapped this ages ago for our man in Natal, I had to say sorry to Brett as I really could not ask this classically trained girl to move, or "shift" as we say up here!
I told him I'd take another some time, as I walk past every week.
When I went back, she had gone!
I thought I might ask her over to sing to my dinner guests at a party I was hosting later the same month!
But she was nowhere to be seen.