Tag: South African War

Gloucestershire Regiment ABW Memorial in Bristol

The Gloucestershire Regiment South African War Memorial may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates: 51.457683°  -2.608860°, on an island in Queens Road, Bristol.

The Memorial was unveiled on 4 Mar 1905, and attended by: Field Marshal Earl Roberts VC KG KP GCB OM GCSI GCIE. 

There are 248 names on the memorial and it is a Grade II listed building.  (War Memorials Register Entry)

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Updated: 26/08/2018 — 19:28

Evesham Anglo Boer War Memorial

The Anglo Boer War Memorial in Evesham, Worcestershire is technically not a memorial as we know it.  Rather, it commemorates men who volunteered for active service in the ABW. It would be interesting to know how many of them came back alive, and which may have died in combat or as a result of Enteric Fever. It may be found on the wall of the Town Hall and is easily overlooked. 

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Updated: 17/07/2018 — 06:10

Estcourt Garden of Remembrance

The Estcourt Garden of Remembrance was photographed by James Houston-McMillan, and these images are used with his permission.

The memorial is in Remembrance of 152 Imperial Soldiers that lost their lives in and near Estcourt and Frere during the Boer War. The town featured very strongly during the siege of Ladysmith, and Genl, Sir. Redvers Buller had his Natal Headquarters here.

The memorial may be found at Alexandra St in Estcourt, near the Bushmans River. Google Earth co-ordinates are: 29° 0.405′ S,  29° 52.868′ E. Images of the plaques are available on request.

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Updated: 06/01/2018 — 15:07

Scottish Horse Memorial on Caledonia Hill

The Scottish Horse Memorial on Caledonia Hill. Kensington.

Most of the original photographs were taken in August 2007, on Caledonia Hill in Kensington.

**Update 11/02/2019** The memorial has been further damaged sometime before 9 February 2019, as well as wrapped in cloth. Unfortunately the damage is severe and it is not known whether it will be repaired or moved. (Article on Heritage Portal)

The memorial is in the shape of an Iona Cross erected to the Scottish Horse that served during the “South African War”. Unfortunately at the time the memorial was not in a very good condition and much of the original metalwork had been stolen and vandals had left their mark. I revisited the memorial on 24 September 2012 and all of the plaques and inscriptions were missing. I believe that they had been removed to prevent further vandalism. The Cross had been restored recently.

Scottish Horse Memorial on Caledonia Hill

Scottish Horse Memorial on Caledonia Hill

Scottish Horse Memorial on Caledonia Hill. Johannesburg in the background

Scottish Horse Memorial on Caledonia Hill. Johannesburg in the background

The monument commemorates the officers, non-commissioned officers and men killed in action and died of wounds, disease and accident, who were members of the Scottish Horse Regiment (a mounted infantry regiment financed and led by the Marquis of Tullibardine (later the 8th Earl of Atholl) during the War), during the South African Anglo-Boer War in 1901-1902. After the War, the Scottish Horse, in South Africa, was disbanded but parented the Transvaal Scottish Regiment.

(2012 image)

The view from the Hill in all directions is stunning and it’s well worth climbing the steps to get to the top, although it is advisable to not attempt this alone due to safety concerns.

Looking towards Johannesburg. (1500 x 503)

Roll of Honour Plaques.

Original ROH (2008)

The original plaques were cast in bronze and subsequently stolen. They were replaced around 1961 by granite plaques. These plaques were vandalised on numerous occasions and were last replaced in 2000 by the South African Heritage Resource Agency.  As well as the plaques the lightning discharge rod has also been vandalised. 

2007 image showing top of one of the name plaques (since removed)

2007 image showing top of one of the name plaques (since removed)

Google Earth co-ordinates for the memorial are:  26° 12.022’S 28° 5.089’E.

More reading: 

http://www.theheritageportal.co.za/article/story-behind-one-johannesburgs-earliest-war-memorials

http://www.bwm.org.au/site/Scottish_Horse.php

DRW ©  2007-2019. Panoramic views added 08 September 2011. Page edited 03 April 2012.  Moved to blog 18/01/2014, more images added 16/04/2017, Updated 11/02/2019. 

Updated: 11/02/2019 — 17:53
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