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Officers who died in the Boer War 1899-1902

extracted from The "Last Post" being a roll of all officers (Naval, Military or Colonial) who gave their lives for Their Queen, King and Country, in the South African War, 1899-1902. by Mildred G. Dooner. J. B. Hayward & Son. 1980.

Queen's South Africa Medal

Queen's South Africa Medal (obv)

Clasps shown – Paardeberg, Driefontein, Relief of Kimberly

Aldworth, William A. (D.S.O.), Lt-Col., Passed Staff College, was killed in action, near Paardeberg, Feb. 18th, 1900. He was the eldest surviving son of the late Col. Robert Aldworth, of co. Cork, and Claremont, Dorking (formerly of the 94th Foot and north Cork Rifles), was born Oct., 1855, and educated at Rossall and Clifton. Lieut.-Col. Aldworth entered the 16th Foot June, 1874, being promoted capt. March, 1881, major Feb., 1893, brevet-lieut.-co. May, 1898, and lieut.-col. to command the 2nd Batt. Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry in the following Oct. He was adjutant of the 1st Bat. Bedfordshire Regt. from Oct., 1877 to March 1881, and held an interpreter's certificate in Russian. Lieut.-Col. ALdworth was an enthusiastic sportsman, and a first-rate rider. He served with the Burmese Expedition 1885-86 as A.D.C. and Acting Military Secretary to Sir Harry Prendergast, was mentioned in despatches, and received the D.S.O. and medal with clasp. He was also A.D.C. in Madras 1886-87, and served with the Isazai Expedition 1892, and with the Chitral Relief Force, under Sir Robert Low, 1895, with the 1st Batt. Bedfordshire Regt.; including the storming of the Malakand Pass, and the engagement near Kahr, receiving the medal with clasp. He also took part in the campaign on the North-West Frontier of India, under the late SIr William Lockhart, 1897-98, with the Tirah Expeditionary Force, as D.A.A.G. 2nd Brigade, and with the Khyber Force, as D.A.A.G. 1898, was present at the forcing of the Sampagha and Arhanga Passes, in the operations against the Chamkanis in the Bazaar Valley; being mentioned in despatches, and granted the brevet of lieut.-col. and two clasps. Lieut-Col. Aldworth fell near Paardeberg, while leading his battalion and calling to them "we will make the name of the Cornwalls ring in the ears of the world, boys," was struck down, but raising himself on his elbow he continued to urge his men forward, his last words being "go on men and finish it." He is buried close to where he fell. Maj.-Gen. Smith-Dorrien reported "he deeply deplored the loss of this gallant and distinguished officer." Lieut.-Col. Aldworth was mentioned in despatches by F.-M. Earl Roberts, London Gazette, Feb. 8th, 1901, as having "rendered conspicuously valuable services." A memorial has been erected in Cork Cathedral to the memory of Lieut.-Col. Aldworth.
Bickford-Smith, George Percy, Capt., died at Heilbron from wounds received in action, on May 30th, 1901. He was the second son of the late Mr. W. Bickford-Smith, of Trevarno, Cornwall, educated at Leys School, Cambridge, 1884-90, and entered the 1st V.B. Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry in 1893, being promoted capt. June 27th, 1900. He joined the I.Y. in March, 1901, with the rank of 2nd lieut., and served in Cape and Orange River Colonies.
Butler, Lieut. Stanley J. H. Butler, Cornwall and Devon Miners Royal Garrison Artillery (Militia), died of enteric at Standerton June 6th, 1902. He was attached to the 53rd Battery Royal Field Artillery, and also served with the I.Y. with the local rank of lieut. in the army from June 25th, 1901.
Cowlard, Edward G., Lt. attached 2nd Batt. DCLI, died of enteric at Springfontein, on 05 Mar 1901. He was the second son of C. L. Cowlard, Esq., Clerk of the Peace for the County of Cornwall. Lieut. Cowlard was 23 years of age, and educated at Marlborough. He was a Lieut. in the 2nd Volunteer Batt., and was granted the rank of Lieut. in the Army on proceeding to South Africa, in March, 1900, as one of the officers of the Volunteer Company attached to the DCLI. His name is inscribed on a tablet placed in the Marborough College Chapel in memory of all Marlburians who fell in the War.
Fife, Hugh Wharton, Lt. Was killed in action at Johannesburg 30 May 1900, when serving with Sir Ian Hamilton's division. He was born Dec. 1870, and educated at Bradfield College, 1886-90, where he was in the cricket and football teams. He afterwards went to Cambridge University, and entered the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, as a University Candidate 1891, passing first on that list, and received his commission as 2nd Lieut. April, 1893, being promoted Lieut. Aug. 1896. In South Africa he first served with the Kimberley Relief Force and was wounded at Graspan. He was afterwards present at Paardeberg, and the advance on Bloemfontein and Johannesburg.
Jervis-Edwards, Cecil Bradney (Passed Staff College), Maj. Was killed in action at Mondewens, near Dundee, 28 Jul 1901. He was born in Feb. 1866, entered the DCLI Aug. 1885, being promoted Capt. Oct. 1893, and received the brevet rank of Major Nov. 1900. He was adjutant of his battalion from 1893-97, was a good linguist, and qualified as an interpreter in French. He served with the Wuntho Expedition, 1891-92, in command of a detachment of the 1st battalion of his regiment, receiving the medal with clasp. He was employed on special service in South Africa from Oct. to Dec. 1899, was then appointed A.D.C. to Major General Coke, commanding the 10th Infantry Brigade, and also served as Brigade Major, being present at the Relief of Ladysmith. In Oct. 1900, he was appointed a Staff Officer for Intelligence, and was mentioned in the despatches of Gen. Sir Redvers Buller, March 30th, June 19th, and Nov. 9th, 1900, London Gazette, Feb. 8th, 1901, and was promoted to a brevet majority for his services.
Libby, Arthur Treleven, Lt. 2nd Bn. Died of enteric at Johannesburg 06 Nov 1901. The younger son of Capt. Libby, R.N., Cambridge Place, Falmouth, he was born Feb. 1878, and educated at Kelly College, Tavistock, from which he passed direct into Sandhurst, 1896, and entered his regiment Feb. 1898, being promoted Lieut. Oct. 1899. Lieut. Libby accompanied his battalion to South Africa at the commencement of war, was first employed at Capetown, and afterwards took part in the the advance on Johannesburg and Pretoria, and was present in all the actions in which his battalion took part, after the occupation of Bloemfontein. He contracted enteric early in 1901, but returned to duty after ten weeks' illness, and was afterwards, at Helvetia, employed escorting convoys towards Lydenburg. In Oct. 1901, he contracted malarial fever in the Komati Valley, and was sent to Johannesburg, where he died, being buried in the cemetery there. A Cornish granite cross has been erected over his grave.
Newbury, Bertram Archdale, Capt. Was killed in action 18 Feb 1900 near Paardeberg. H



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