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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 3:04 pm    Post subject: Hawick Boer War Memorial Reply with quote

UKNIWM Ref: 44216
OS Map Ref: NT491141

The Boer War Memorial is found within Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick.

It was unveiled by Lord Roberts on 22nd August 1903 and lists the names of 23 men from Hawick and district who died in the South African campaigns.

MR William Birnie Rhind - SCULPTOR
MR J N Scott - ARCHITECT
MR A Lorne Campbell - ARCHITECT



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2006 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more photos of the memorial. These shots are also by Derek:





Some detail of the unveiling on the memorial itself:



And the details on each of the sides:



ERECTED BY ALL CLASSES OF THIS BORDERLAND IN HONOUR OF THE MEN OF HAWICK AND DISTRICT WHO FELL IN SOUTH AFRICA IN THE GREAT BOER WAR OF 1899-1902 AS A MEMORIAL OF UNDYING REGARD.
YOU DO WELL TO KEEP THEIR MEMORIES GREEN. YOU DO WELL TO CHERISH THE EXAMPLE THEY SET, AND TO OFFER THE ONLY CONSOLATION TO THEIR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS, THAT THEY HAVE NOT GIVEN THEIR LIVES IN VAIN - THAT THE OBJECT FOR WHICH THEY FOUGHT HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED





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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2006 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's an old postcard I have of this memorial in my collection. I take it the cannon are no longer there?

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2006 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The cannons are long gone.
There was also a captured German Field Gun sited near the First World War memorial in Hawick for several years but I suspect that they were all taken away and melted down during the Second World War.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

COLONEL JOHN JAMES SCOTT CHISHOLME IMPERIAL LIGHT HORSE

CAPTAIN ARTHUR DAVID RIPLEY POTT 3RD KOSB

LIEUTENANT BASIL NAPIER 34TH COY IMPERIAL YEOMANRY

TROOPER ANDREW INGLIS 62ND CITY IMPERIAL YEOMANRY

TROOPER JAMES HUME 23RD COY IMPERIAL YEOMANRY

TROOPER ANDREW EWART SCOTT SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTABULARY

PRIVATE GEORGE TURNBULL 2ND ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS

PRIVATE GEORGE TURNBULL HART 1ST KOSB

PRIVATE ANDREW WINTROP 1ST ARGYLE AND SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS

PRIVATE WILLIAM KEDIE 1ST ROYAL HIGHLANDERS

SERGEANT THOMAS GRIEVE 17TH COY IMPERIAL YEOMANRY

CORPORAL TOM WILMOT NORTHUMBERLAND IMPERIAL YEOMANRY

TROOPER GEORGE ARCHIBOLD TURNBULL ROBERTS HORSE

TROOPER JAMES REID SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTABULARY

PRIVATE JAMES HUNTER C COY IMPERIAL LIGHT INFANTRY

PRIVATE JOHN HUGGAN 1ST KOSB

PRIVATE JAMES BALLANTYNE 3RD KOSB

PRIVATE JAMES WATSON 1ST ROYAL SCOTS

PRIVATE JAMES RICHARDSON 1ST SCOTS GUARDS

PRIVATE JOHN WILSON 1ST KOSB

PRIVATE JOHN REID 2ND KOSB




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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Colonel John James Scott Chisholme:

Killed in action at Elandslaagte. 21st Oct. 1899. Aged 48. Son of J. Scott Chisholme and Margaret Walker, of Stirches. Born August 1851. Served in Afghanistan 1878-80 with the 9th Lancers (medal and 2 bars, MID, wounded twice). Military Secretary to Lord Connemara, Governor of Madras. Retired from the army in 1899 and raised a regiment of Imperial Light Horse.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

POTT - Captain Arthur David Ripley POTT- 3/King's Own Scottish Borderers
Died of liver disease at Kimberley, 20th December 1901. Aged 39. Son of General David Pott, CB, of Selkirk.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NAPIER - Lieutenant Basil - 34th Co. Imperial Yeomanry
Died of wounds at Senekal. 28th Dec. 1900. Aged 21. Born June 1877. Son of Mark Napier. Grandson of Lord Napier (former Ambassador to Russia and governor of Madras).
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Information on the three officers taken from this website which uses information taken from "The Last Post".

It also uses information from "With The Flag To Pretoria" and "After Pretoria". I have these in my library so I'll see if I can get a better photograph of Colonel Scott Chisholme.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a cracking memorial and the unveiling pics are superb.

I was impressed by the level of information on and I really would like to visit that one some time.

Mark
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello - Derek has invited me to add some of the info I have on Colonel Chisholme from my Afghan War database:

Chisholme, John James Scott. Captain, 9th Lancers
b. 1 Aug 1851 d. 21 Oct 1899 Elandslaagte, South Africa
Afghan War medal w/2 clasps: Ali Musjid, Kabul.

Notes:
Lieutenant Jan 1872, Captain Mar 1878. Afghan War, volunteer at Ali Musjid (first man into the fort), operations round Kabul where severely wounded (13 Dec 1879, gun shot left leg) at Siah Sang where he brought the regiment out of action. Invalided to England Jan 1880 (mentioned in despatches). Brevet Major Mar 1881. While riding in a pony hurdle race in Aug 1881 at Preston, near Brighton (the International Gun & Polo Club), he was thrown and severely injured when his pony rolled over him. Adjutant 1882, Major 1884. Military secretary to Lord Connemara, Governor of Madras. Retired from army 1899 (by then 5th Lancers) and raised a regiment of Imperial Light Horse. Killed as a colonel in Boer War in action at Elandslaagte.
Family:
Parents: J. Scott Chisholme and Margaret Walker, of Stirches. Siblings included Christina (married Robert Pringle M.D.) and Elizabeth Scott.

- Garen

edit: date of death corrected (thanks Jim).
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found a reference to Chisholme in "With The Flag to Pretoria". It states that he was "shot three times in quick succession as he reached the top of the ridge"
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2007 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

David McNay wrote:
NAPIER - Lieutenant Basil - 34th Co. Imperial Yeomanry
Died of wounds at Senekal. 28th Dec. 1900. Aged 21. Born June 1877. Son of Mark Napier. Grandson of Lord Napier (former Ambassador to Russia and governor of Madras).

A memorial plaque is within Ettrick Church to Napier:
http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?p=4690#4690
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From the HAWICK NEWS 25TH JULY 1902

PRIVATE JAMES RICHARDSON, 1ST SCOTS GUARDS, DIED IN FEBRUARY LAST AT BLOEMFONTEIN FROM DISEASE CONTRACTED THROUGH CONTINUAL MARCHING AND SHORT RATIONS. HE ENLISTED AT PIERSHILL AND JOINED HIS REGIMENT AT ST. JAMES PALACE, LONDON. BEFORE BEING SENT TO THE FRONT, HE WAS SOME TIME IN IRELAND. A POWERLOOM TUNER BY TRADE, HE WORKED WITH MESSRS GREENWOOD , WATT & CO. HE LEAVES A WIDOW AND CHILD IN LONDON, AND A LARGE NUMBER OF RELATIVES IN HAWICK, HE WAS EXPECTED TO BE SENT HOME WITH LORD METHUEN AND THE GUARDS BRIGADE TO TAKE PART IN THE CORONATION FESTIVITIES


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Colonel Scott Chisholme stopped to bandage a wounded trooper, and was shot in the ankle. He waved his men on, crying out "My boys are doing well! My boys are first!" He was carried to cover by Troopers (Dick) Turpin (who survived the siege of Ladysmith only to be killed later on in the war serving in Marshall's Horse) and C. Lamb, who was severely wounded, losing a leg. However, it was to no avail as he was shot shortly afterwards in the chest, and then in the head, and was killed.
See: http://www.sawargamer.co.za/Articles/showArticle.asp?Art=40

HAWICK NEWS 27th OCTOBER 1899
COL. CHISHOLME OF STIRCHES SHOT
DURING THE ENGAGEMENT AT ELANDSLAAGTE ON SATURDAY, COLONEL, SCOTT - CHISHOLME, FORMERLY OF STIRCHES, HAWICK, LOST HIS LIFE. THE COLONEL WAS WELL KNOWN AND HIGHLY ESTEEMED IN THE BORDER DISTRICT, AND HIS DEATH HAS CALLED FORTH UNIVERSAL EXPRESSION OF REGRET. DECEASED WHO WAS UNMARRIED, BELONGED TO THE 5th LANCERS. HE SERVED WITH THE 9th LANCERS IN THE AFGHAN WAR OF 1878 - 80, AND AT THE CAPTURE OF ALI MUSJID WAS SEVERELY WOUNDED. HIS DEATH WILL BE A GREAT LOSS TO THE IMPERIAL LIGHT HORSE, AND IS RENDERED ADDITIONALLY SAD BY THE FACT THAT HE HIMSELF RAISED AND ORGANISED THE REGIMENT, COLONEL CHISHOLME WAS SHOT DEAD JUST AS THE IMPERIAL LIGHT HORSE RUSHED WITH THE GORDONS TO CLOSE WITH THE BOERS. UNIVERSAL REGRET IS FELT AT THE LOSS OF THIS GALLANT LEADER OF THE IRREGULAR CORPS, WHICH HAS COVERED ITSELF WITH HONOUR.
ONE REPORT STATES THAT HE "COURTED DISASTER BY WAVING HIS SCARF TO GIVE ENCOURAGEMENT TO HIS MEN. WHO REALLY NEEDED NONE. HE, LIKE OTHERS OF OUR SPLENDIDLY BRAVE FELLOWS WAS KILLED".


HAWICK NEWS 26th OCTOBER 1900
FROM HAWICK ROLL OF HEROES - LOCAL MEN KILLED AT THE FRONT
COLONEL SCOTT CHISHOLME, OF STIRCHES, HAWICK WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO FALL IN THE CAMPAIGN. HE WAS SHOT IN THREE PLACES WHILE LEADING HIS MEN AT THE BATTLE OF ELANDSLAAGTE ON OCTOBER 21st LAST YEAR. IT WAS HE WHO RAISED AND TRAINED THE IMPERIAL LIGHT HORSE, A REGIMENT WITH A RECORD WHICH AS IRREGULARS IS HARDLY TO BE EQUALLED IN THE ANNALS OF THE BRITISH ARMY. THE LATE COLONEL SCOTT CHISHOLME HAD A BRILLIANT MILITARY CAREER IN THE 5TH ROYAL IRISH LANCERS AND OTHER CAVALRY REGIMENTS HE COMMANDED. HE WAS THE LAST OF THE CHISHOLMES OF STIRCHES, HAWICK, AND WAS UNIVERSALLY MOURNED.
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