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IN MEMORIUM
JOHN SCOTT CHISHOLME
OF THAT ILK AND STIRCHES
WHO DIED AT STIRCHES 15th JANUARY 1868
ALSO OF
COLONEL JOHN JAMES SCOTT CHISHOLME
ONLY SURVIVING SON OF THE ABOVE
AND of MARGARET WALKER HIS WIFE
BORN AT STIRCHES l st AUGUST 1851
KILLED IN THE BATTLE OF ELANDSLAAGTE, NATAL 21st OCTOBER 1899
WHEN IN COMMAND OF THE IMPERIAL LIGHT HORSE
HE HAD SERVED FOR 28 YEARS IN THE 9TH AND 5th LANCERS
AND MET HIS DEATH THROUGH STOPPING TO ASSIST A WOUNDED TROOPER


The Imperial Light Horse Regiment (ILH) was founded on 8th September 1899 with Queen Victoria's approval for the use of the title "Imperial", and the Royal Standard and Union Flag as its regimental badge. It was recruited from the 5000 "Uitlanders" who volunteered, and when it rode off to war on 11th October it was 444 strong. Its commanding officer was Lt. Col. J J Scott-Chisholme, recently seconded from the 5th Lancers (Royal Irish). Elandslaagte was its first battle, and Scott-Chisholme was killed leading from the front. Two VCs were awarded, to Capt. C H Mullins and Lt. R Johnstone.
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WEST END CEMETERY, KIMBERLEY.


HAWICK ADVERTISER 27th DECEMBER 1901

CAPTAIN ARTHUR DAVID RIPLEY POTT 3RD KOSB

DEATH OF CAPTAIN POTT, K.O.S.B.
THE NEWS HAS BEEN RECEIVED HERE OF THE DEATH AT KIMBERLEY OF CAPTAIN A.D.R. POTT, OF THE 3RD (MILITIA) KINGS OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS. THE DECEASED OFFICER WAS THE ELDEST SON OF GENERAL DAVID POTT, CB., OF TODRIG, SELKIRK AND BORTHWICKSHIELS, HAWICK. HE WAS 39 YEARS OF AGE. HE WAS A MOST EFFICIENT, PAINSTAKING AND CONSCIENTIOUS OFFICER, AND WAS PERSONALLY VERY POPULAR.



Pott, Captain Arthur David Ripley, 3rd Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers
He died from an abscess of the liver at Kimberley, December 20th, 1901. He was the eldest son of General David Pott, CB, of Todrig, Selkirkshire, and Borthwickshiels, Roxburghshire, and was born in 1862. He was appointed Lieutenant in his battalion July 1886, being promoted Captain March 1894. Captain Pott's battalion was embodied in January 1900, and volunteering for active service he proceeded with it to South Africa in February. He had held the post of Staff Officer to the Commandant of Schweizer Reneke.


THESE DETAILS WERE ORIGINALLY TAKEN FROM MILDRED DOONER’S BOOK OF 1903 BUT HAVE THEN BEEN EXPANDED AND CORRECTED. www.angloboerwar.com

Pott's is also commemorated on the 3rd Bn. KOSB memorial in Dunfries Greyfriars Church.
see: http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=615
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HAWICK EXPRESS 2ND MARCH 1900
PRIVATE GEORGE TURNBULL HART 1ST K.O.S.B.

WE REGRET TO LEARN THAT PRIVATE GEORGE HART OF THE 1ST BATTALION OF THE KINGS OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS, HAS BEEN KILLED AT PAARDBERG. DECEASED WHO WAS WELL KNOWN IN HAWICK, JOINED THE REGIMENT ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO. ONLY ON MONDAY HIS FATHER RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE DECEASED WHICH HAD BEEN WRITTEN FROM THE CAMP NEAR ORANGE RIVER ON THE 29TH JANUARY. SON OF EX- COUNCILLOR HART, LOCKIESHEDGE


HAWICK NEWS 2ND MARCH 1900
PRIVATE GEORGE TURNBULL HART 1ST K.O.S.B.
PAARDBERG DRIFT 3RD FEBRUARY 1900

EX-COUNCILLOR HART’S SON KILLED
WE REGRET TO ANNOUNCE THAT IN THE LIST OF KILLED IN THE RECENT ENGAGEMENTS AT PAARDBERG, APPEARS THE NAME OF PRIVATE GEORGE HART, SON OF EX-COUNCILLOR ADAM HART, COAL MERCHANT, HAWICK. DECEASED WAS IN THE FIRST BATTALION K.O.S.B. HAVING JOINED THE REGIMENT DURING IT’S TERRITORIAL MARCH TWO YEARS AGO. SINCE THEN HE HAS BEEN HOME ON FURLOUGH. HE WAS A HALF MILE RUNNER, AND WON A NUMBER OF PRIZES. HE WAS WELL KNOWN; AND MUCH SYMPATHY HAS BEEN EXPRESSED FOR HIS SORROWING PARENTS.



HAWICK ADVERTISER 21st MARCH 1900

HAWICK MAN KILLED
AMONG THE KILLED IN LORD ROBERTS' ENGAGEMENT ON FRIDAY LAST WAS PRIVATE GEORGE HART, 1st KINGS OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS, SON OF EX-COUNCILLOR ADAM HART, COAL MERCHANT AND CONTRACTOR, HAWICK. THE DECEASED JOINED THE ARMY LITTLE MORE THAN A YEAR AGO, AND IT IS JUST ABOUT A MONTH SINCE HE LANDED IN SOUTH AFRICA. MR HART IS THE ONLY ONE REPORTED KILLED IN THAT REGIMENT, AND NOT A FEW WILL JOIN IN EXPRESSING HEARTFELT SYMPATHY WITH MR AND MRS HART IN THEIR SAD BEREAVEMENT. THE FOLLOWING LETTERS WERE RECEIVED - ONE ON MONDAY LAST - FROM THE DECEASED TO HIS PARENTS:¬
WRITING ON BOARD THE BRAEMAR CASTLE HE SAID: WE HAVE PLENTY TO EAT, AND PLENTY OF BOOKS TO READ. WE ARE HAVING GOOD WEATHER, AND EVERYTHING IN THE BEST OF ORDER. WE HAVE IT A BIT LIVELY AT NIGHT SLINGING HAMMOCKS, AND I CAN TELL YOU THERE IS SOME FUN GETTING INTO THEM. WE HAD NO SOONER SET SAIL FROM SOUTHAMPTON THAN A MAN JUMPED OVERBOARD AND WAS NEVER SEEN AGAIN. I SAW HIM A FEW MINUTES BEFORE AND HE SEEMED TO BE RATHER MELANCHOLY.
JANUARY 29th - WE ARE NOW NEAR THE ORANGE RIVER IN CAMP. THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENT REGIMENTS HERE; WE ALSO HAVE SOME BOER PRISONERS. I WAS DOWN SEEING THEM THIS MORNING AND THEY SEEM TO BE A FINE LOOKING SET OF MEN, OF COURSE THEY ARE WELL TREATED, THEY ARE ALLOWED TO SMOKE, etc. I THINK YOU WILL SEE IN THE PAPERS BEFORE THIS REACHES YOU THAT THERE HAS BEEN A BATTLE HERE BECAUSE THEY ARE MAKING EVERY PREPARATION. WE HAVING OUR HORSES, WILL BE ENGAGED IN BRINGING BACK PRISONERS AND CATTLE TO THE CAMP .JUST THE VERY THING I WANTED.I HAVE SEEN ONE OR TWO HIGHLANDERS WHO HAVE BEEN WOUNDED AT THE MODDER RIVER AND ONE OF THEM HAD A NARROW ESCAPE, HIS KHAKI JACKET WAS TORN ALL OVER WITH BULLETS AND YOU COULD SEE THE MARKS IN HIS NECK. I MAY TELL YOU THAT THE MODDER RIVER IS NOT FAR FROM HERE, AND WE ARE ONLY A FEW MILES FROM THE ORANGE RIVER. IT IS ONLY THE NATIVES THAT WORK HERE AND THE BRITISHERS "BOSS" THEM. THEY ARE REAL KAFFIRS. WE HAVE HAD A GRAND RECEPTION ALL ALONG THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION. TRAVELLING IS TERRIBLY SLOW. WE HAVE BEEN IN A TRAIN FROM FRIDAY NIGHT TO SATURDAY NIGHT. GRAPES ARE VERY CHEAP ABOUT 3d A POUND IT IS A FINE COUNTRY FOR A YOUNG FELLOW; NO TROUBLE IN GETTING 8s A DAY AND THEN YOU DO NOTHING ONLY "BOSS" THE NATIVES.


HAWICK NEWS 26th OCTOBER 1900
FROM HAWICK ROLL OF HEROES - LOCAL MEN KILLED AT THE FRONT
PRIVATE GEORGE HART, OF THE MOUNTED INFANTRY DETACHMENT OF THE KING'S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS, WAS A SON OF EX-COUNCILLOR ADAM HART. LOCKIESHEDGE, HAWICK, AND JOINED THE K.O.S.B. WHILE THEY WERE AT HAWICK ON THEIR TERRITORIAL MARCH TWO YEARS AGO. HE HAD NOT SEEN ANY FOREIGN SERVICE PREVIOUS TO THE BOER WAR, AND WAS KILLED AT HIS FIRST ENGAGEMENT AT PAARDEBERG ON FEBRUARY 8th. HE WAS THE FIRST MAN OF THE REGIMENT TO FALL IN THE WAR, AND WAS ONE OF THE MOUNTED INFANTRY SCOUTS
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HAWICK NEWS 10TH JANUARY 1902

PRIVATE JOHN HUGGAN 1ST K.O.S.B
ANOTHER HAWICK SOLDIER DIES AT HIS POST-

WE REGRET TO ANNOUNCE THAT PRIVATE JOHN HUGGAN OF THE 1ST K.O.S.B. WHO WAS WOUNDED AT ROOIDRAAL, SOUTH AFRICA ON 1ST JANUARY DIED OF HIS WOUNDS TWO DAYS LATER. IT IS EIGHT YEARS SINCE PRIVATE HUGGAN FIRST ENTERED THE ARMY. HE SERVED FOUR YEARS IN INDIA TAKING PART IN THE TIRAH AND CHITRAL CAMPAIGNS. HE AFTERWARDS RETURNED HOME AND BECAME A RESERVIST. JUST TWO YEARS AGO HE WAS CALLED ON TO JOIN THE FIGHTING IN SOUTH AFRICA, AND HAS SEEN A GREAT DEAL OF HARD SERVICE. HE WAS A POWER LOOM TUNER WITH MESSRS. GREENWOOD, WATT & CO. DECEASED WHO WAS IN HIS 26TH YEAR WAS A SON OF MR. WM. HUGGAN, JOINER, NEWCASTLE, WHO LEFT HAWICK ABOUT A YEAR AGO TO WORK IN NEWCASTLE, AND HIS UNCLE IS MR. GEO. HUGGAN, DALKEITH PLACE. DECEASED HAS LEFT A WIDOW AND ONE CHILD, FOR WHOM AND OTHER RELATIVES MUCH SYMPATHY IS FELT.

HAWICK NEWS 14 TH FEBRUARY 1902
THE LATE PRIVATE JOHN HUGGAN HOW HE DIED AT THE FRONT -
IN A LETTER TO MRS. HUGGAN (WIFE OF THE LATE PRIVATE JOHN HUGGAN, OF THE 1st K.O.S.B. WHO WAS KILLED AT THE FRONT AS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED). LIEUTENANT JAMES C. LAING WRITES FROM ELANDSFONTEIN, TRANSVAAL, 7th JANUARY¬
IT IS WITH REGRET THAT THIS LETTER SHOULD BRING YOU BAD NEWS. I WAS WITH YOUR HUSBAND HALF AN HOUR BEFORE THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED. YOU HAVE REASON TO BE PROUD OF HIM FOR THOUGH SUFFERING GREAT PAIN HE BORE IT HEROICALLY. THE DOCTOR TOLD ME HE NEVER SAW A MAN FIGHT PAIN SO BRAVELY WHEN HE DIED. THE WHOLE POST WAS VERY SORRY; FOR HE WAS VERY MUCH LIKED. AS A SOLDIER HE WAS EXCELLENT, ALWAYS READY TO DO HIS WORK THOROUGHLY. WE BURIED HIM JUST BESIDE THE POST, AND I WILL GET A CROSS PUT ON HIS GRAVE, THE MEN OF D COMPANY CARE FOR THE GRAVE, WHICH IS KEPT NICE AND NEAT, SOME FLOWERS HAVING BEEN PLANTED ON IT.
PRIVATE JAMES VEITCH WRITES AS FOLLOWS TO PRIVATE HUGGANS FATHER AND MOTHER UNDER DATE JANUARY 6th DECEASED BEING THE SON OF MR. WILLIAM HUGGAN, JOINER, NEWCASTLE (FORMERLY OF HAWICK) -
JUST A FEW LINES TO TELL YOU HOW MY BELOVED CHUM WAS LAID LOW. HE WAS IN NO. 29 BLOCKHOUSE ALONG WITH ME. HE HAD GONE OUT WITHOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE REST, AND WE WERE SITTING QUITE CONTENTEDLY WHEN WE WERE STARTLED BY THE SENTRY FIRING A SHOT. WE JUMPED UP AND RAN OUT. I ASKED THE SENTRY WHAT HE HAD FIRED AT, AND HE REPLIED THAT HE HAD HEARD SCREAMING DOWN THE VALLEY. HE THOUGHT THEY WERE BOERS AND FIRED. BY THIS TIME WE HAD DISCOVERED WHAT HAD OCCURRED. I FOUND THAT MY DEAR CHUM HAD BEEN SHOT IN THE SMALL OF THE BACK, THE BULLET COMING OUT OF THE GROIN. WE SAW IT WAS A BAD WOUND, SO WE BANDAGED IT AS WELL AS WE COULD DO. BY THIS TIME THE DOCTOR HAD ARRIVED AND HE DID EVERYTHING THAT IT WAS POSSIBLE TO DO. WE HAD HIM REMOVED TO THE HOSPITAL TENT WHERE THE DOCTOR WORKED ON HIM NIGHT AND DAY, BUT IT WAS TO NO AVAIL: HE DIED ON THE MORNING OF THE 3rd AT 7.30, AFTER BEING UNCONSCIOUS FOR HALF AN HOUR. HE REMARKED TO THE DOCTOR JUST BEFORE HE WAS REMOVED FROM THE FIELD THAT HE HAD HIMSELF TO BLAME; SO THAT IT WAS AN ACCIDENT. ALL OUR COMPANY ARE DEEPLY AFFLICTED BY THE LOSS OF OUR COMRADE, AND SEND THEIR KINDEST SYMPATHY AND REGARDS FOR YOU ALL AT HOME. WE ARE MAKING HIS GRAVE VERY NICE AND WILL SEND A PHOTO OF IT.



HAWICK NEWS 25th JULY 1902

FROM HAWICK ROLL OF HEROES - LOCAL MEN KILLED AT THE FRONT
PRIVATE JOHN HUGGAN, A RESERVIST OF THE 1st KINGS OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS, WHO WAS WOUNDED AT ROOIDRAAL ON JANUARY 1ST DIED OF HIS WOUNDS TWO DAYS LATER. HE WAS IN A BLOCKHOUSE, AND WENT OUT WITHOUT INFORMING THE SENTRY. ON HIS RETURN HE WAS MISTAKEN FOR A BOER AND THE SENTRY FIRED. THE BULLET ENTERED THE BACK AND CAME OUT AT THE GROIN. IT IS EIGHT YEARS SINCE HE FIRST ENTERED THE ARMY. HE WAS FOUR YEARS IN INDIA, TAKING PART IN THE TIRAH AND CHITRAL CAMPAIGNS. HE WAS CALLED UP TWO YEARS AGO AND HAD SEEN A GREAT DEAL OF HARD SERVICE. HE WAS A POWERLOOM TUNER TO TRADE, AND LEAVES A WIDOW AND ONE CHILD IN NEWCASTLE–ON-TYNE.



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Trooper James Hume, 25579, 23rd Coy., 8th Bn. Imperial Yeomanry.

HAWICK NEWS 25th JULY 1902

FROM HAWICK ROLL OF HEROES - LOCAL MEN KILLED AT THE FRONT
TROOPER JAMES HUME, OF THE 23" COMPANY IMPERIAL YEOMANRY WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT MIDDLEPOST. HE WAS A GROCER AND VERY WELL KNOWN IN THE TOWN. HE JOINED THE YEOMANRY WHILE WORKING NEAR BLACKPOOL, AND LEFT IN MARCH 1901 FOR THE FRONT. HE SAW A GREAT AMOUNT OF SERVICE WITH FLYING COLUMNS, BEING ALMOST CONTINUOSLY ON THE TREK. HIS MASTER WAS KEEPING HIS PLACE OPEN FOR HIS RETURN. TROOPER HUME'S FATHER RESIDES AT ST. BOSWELLS AND HIS SISTER AT LOTHIAN STREET, HAWICK.


Buried at Middlepost, granite headstone at site.
Exhumed at Middlepost tennis court.
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Derek,
I just wanted to say that these entries are superb - absolutely fascinating information.
I could read this stuff all day - not only details of the men but a sense of the times.
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Mark,
The text seems so dated when I read it today, so floral but heartfelt none the less.
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Trooper Andrew Inglis, no.4311, 62nd Coy. 14th Bn. Imperial Yeomanry.

Listed on father’s headstone in Wellogate cemetery, Hawick.
Buried at Bethlehem District, Townlands, South Africa.

HAWICK EXPRESS 20th JULY 1900

AMONGST SATURDAYS LIST OF CASUALTIES APPEARS THE NAME OF TROOPER A.INGLIS OF THE CITY IMPERIAL YEOMANRY, WHO WAS KILLED AT BETHLEHEM ON THE 5th JULY, AFTER SEVERAL DAYS HARD FIGHTING. HE LEFT HAWICK OVER A YEAR AGO FOR LONDON WHERE HE READILY FOUND A GOOD SITUATION WITH LIPTON LTD., AND LATTERLY WAS PRINCIPAL SALESMAN IN ONE OF THE LARGEST SHOPS IN THE CITY, WHERE HE WAS HIGHLY ESTEEMED AND MUCH RESPECTED BY ALL WHOM HE CAME IN CONTACT, AND WAS ON THE EVE OF BEING APPOINTED A MANAGER WHEN HE VOLUNTEERED FOR THE FRONT.
AT THE OUTBREAK OF THE WAR HE OFFERED HIS SERVICES TO HIS OLD CORP (THE FIRST LIFE GUARDS) WHO WERE UNDER ORDERS FOR SOUTH AFRICA, BUT THEY OBJECTED, HOWEVER, TO HIS WEIGHT. THEY WOULD HAVE ACCEPTED HIM FOR HOME SERVICE, BUT THIS HE DECLINED AND TRIED THE ROYAL HORSE ARTILLERY WITH THE SAME RESULT. WHEN AN OPENING OCCURRED IN THE CITY IMPERIAL YEOMANRY, HIS APPLICATION WAS GLADLY RECEIVED, BEING A MAN THOROUGHLY FIT AND DRILLED. HE WAS ORDERLY TO SIR JOHN SINCLAIR, WHO, ON REACHING CAPE TOWN, WAS APPOINTED CAPTAIN OF THE 62ND COMPANY. SIR JOHN'S APPRECIATION OF HIS SERVICES WERE VERY HIGH THROUGH HIS VARIED MILITARY EXPERIENCE. MR INGLIS WAS WELL KNOWN IN BOTH TOWN AND COUNTRY, HAVING BEEN FOR MANY YEARS EMPLOYED BY MR. BLAKE, GROCER AND WILLIAM SCOTT, CORNDEALER, BOTH OF WHOM HE SERVED TO THEIR ENTIRE SATISFACTION. HE WAS A PROMINENT FIGURE ON OUR STREETS, BEING OVER SIX FEET AND PROMINENTLY BUILT, WITH A FINE MILITARY BEARING, AND AS HAS BEEN SAID LOOKED EVERY INCH A SOLDIER. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE BORDER RIFLES AND A BROTHER OF EX-SERGEANT INGLIS OF THE SAME DETACHMENT. HE WAS A MARRIED MAN, 35 YEARS OF AGE AND LEAVES A WIDOW. DECEASED WAS SECOND SON OF MR. JOHN INGLIS, 6 CARNAERVON STREET.


THE LATE TROOPER ANDREW INGLIS
HOW HE MET HIS FATE
THE FOLLOWING LETTER FROM CAPTAIN SIR JOHN SINCLAIR, HAS JUST BEEN RECEIVED BY MR. AND MRS. JOHN INGLIS, 6 CARNARVON STREET, HAWICK, IN REFERENCE TO THE DEATH OF THEIR SON:¬

BETHLEHEM,
ORANGE RIVER COLONY,
SOUTH AFRICA,
11th JULY, 1900

I WRITE TO SYMPATHISE VERY DEEPLY WITH YOU IN THE LOSS OF YOUR SON, ANDREW INGLIS OF THE COMPANY UNDER MY COMMAND AND TRUST YOU MAY BE GIVEN POWER FROM ABOVE TO BEAR YOUR DEEP AFFLICTION. HE HAS BEEN THE FIRST MAN IN MY COMPANY TO BE KILLED AND WE HAVE ALL FELT HIS DEATH VERY DEEPLY, ESPECIALLY AS HE WAS VERY POPULAR WITH ALL RANKS AND A VERY WILLING WORKER AND GOOD SOLDIER.
AT MID-DAY ON 5th JULY MY COMPANY WAS ENTRUSTED WITH THE DUTY OF FORMING AN ADVANCED LINE OF SCOUTS ABOUT SIX MILES IN FRONT OF GENERAL PAGET'S FORCE MARCHING ON BETHLEHEM. WE HAD GOT WITHIN ONE MILE OF THE TOWN AND HAD TO RECONNOITRE A POINT TO THE RIGHT OF THE TOWN, WHERE I HAD SEEN A COMPANY OF MEN DRESSED IN OUR YEOMANRY UNIFORM, AND OF WHOM I HAD SUSPICIONS. I THEREFORE LEFT MY COMPANY IN A STRONG POSITION, AND PUSHED FORWARD WITH SIXTEEN MEN IN VERY EXTENDED ORDER. YOUR SON VOLUNTEERED TO ACT AS AN ADVANCED SCOUT 100 YARDS IN FRONT LEFT FLANK, AND GOT WITHIN FORTY YARDS OF THE BOER TRENCH BEFORE THEY OPENED FIRE ON US. WHEN IN THE ACT OF RETURNING TO US HE WAS SHOT THROUGH THE HEART, AND DEATH MUST HAVE BEEN QUITE INSTANTANEOUS. ALONG WITH A NATIVE ENGINE STOKER NAMED JACOBS WE RECOVERED HIS BODY THE SAME EVENING, AND HIS BURIAL TOOK PLACE ON 7 JULY. THE SERVICE WAS CONDUCTED BY MAJOR COUTTS, OF THE ARMY SERVICE CORPS. THE GRAVE IS ON THOMPSON'S FARM, BY SOME TREES, AND WE HOPE TO PUT UP A STONE TO HIS GALLANT MEMORY. I ENCLOSE A TWIG FROM SOME SHRUBS WE HAVE PLANTED ON THE GRAVE, AS WE FEEL SURE YOU WILL LIKE TO HAVE EVEN SUCH A SMALL MEMENTO OF YOUR BOY. ON THE FIRST OCCASION THAT I AM IN EDINBURGH I WILL MAKE A POINT OF COMING TO SEE YOU, AS YOU MAY LIKE TO HEAR FULLER PARTICULARS THAN I HAVE GIVEN YOU IN THIS LETTER. ASSURING YOU OF MY VERY DEEP SYMPATHY WITH YOURSELVES AND YOUR FAMILY, BELIEVE ME, VERY TRULY YOURS,
JOHN R.G. SINCLAIR


IN MEMORIUM: ANDREW INGLIS
KILLED IN ACTION, BETHLEHEM 5th JULY 1900

HE GAVE HIS LIFE, THE COSTLIEST SACRIFICE
THAT MAN MAY LEAVE BEFORE MAN'S ALTAR GREY,
YEA, ALL THE JOY OF LIVING, ALL THE HOPES
THAT FLIT ATHWART THE GLORY OF OUR DAYS,
ALL HAPPY THINGS, THE SMILE OF FLOWER AND CHILD,
THE RUSTLING CORN, THE BREEZE UPON OUR CHEEK,
THE LIGHT THAT LINGERS SOFT ON STREAM AND SHORE
THE HAPPY EYES OF FRIENDS WHO HELD US DEAR.
ALL, ALL HE GAVE: AND PASSED.

SO WE, KNEW HIM, LOVED HIM, LIVED IN HIM,
SHALL CATCH BEYOND THE SOFT MIST OF OUR TEARS
THE RAINBOW BRIGHT OF TENDER MEMORIES
AND CRY, WITH LOVES SWEET PRIDE, "HE GAVE HIS LIFE."
AND NEITHER ROLLING EYES NOR WAR'S COLD CLOUD,
NOT E'EN THE BITTERNESS OF DEATH ITSELF,
SHALL E'ER UNCLASP THE HIDDEN HANDS WE LOVED
OR DIMMED THE GLADSOME THOUGHT "HE GAVE HIS LIFE."
J.Y.H.



HAWICK NEWS 26th OCTOBER 1900

FROM HAWICK ROLL OF HEROES - LOCAL MEN KILLED AT THE FRONT
TROOPER ANDREW INGLIS, OF THE 62nd COMPANY CITY IMPERIAL YEOMANRY WAS THE LAST HAWICK MAN KILLED AT THE FRONT (UP UNTIL OCTOBER 1900). HE HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN A MEMBER OF THE 1st LIFE GUARDS. HE WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT BETHLEHEM, ORANGE RIVER COLONY, IN JULY LAST, WHILE ACTING AT HIS OWN REQUEST AS ADVANCED SCOUT OF THE 62nd COMPANY. PREVIOUS TO HIS LAST FIGHT HE HAD SOME VERY NARROW ESCAPES. HE WAS A SON OF MR. JOHN INGLIS, 6 CARNARVON STREET, AND LEAVES A WIDOW AND NO CHILDREN.





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HAWICK ADVERTISER 22ND DECEMBER 1899

PRIVATE WILLIAM KEDIE
2ND ROYAL HIGHLANDERS
MAGERSFONTEIN 11TH DECEMBER 1899

PTE. WILLIAM KEDIE OF THE ROYAL HIGHLANDERS WHO WAS KILLED AT MAGERSFONTEIN WAS A NEPHEW OF MR.KEDIE, BLACKSMITH, DRUMLANRIG SQUARE, AND WAS A NATIVE OF HAWICK, HAVING BEEN BORN AT MELGUND PLACE. HE REMOVED TO DUNDEE WHEN SEVEN YEARS OLD. HE WAS ONLY 19 YEARS OF AGE.

Also listed on the Black Watch South Afican Memorial in Edinburgh.
Also listed on the 1899-1902 memorial West End Cemetery, Kimberley.
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HAWICK EXPRESS 25th JULY 1901


PRIVATE JAMES REID

SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTABULARY
A HAWICK MAN DANGEROUSLY WOUNDED AT THE FRONT -
ON WEDNESDAY, MR. JOHN REID, BUTCHER, HIGH STREET RECEIVED A TELEGRAM FROM THE RECRUITING OFFICER IN LONDON THAT HIS BROTHER, JAMES REID OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTABULARY, HAD BEEN DANGEROUSLY WOUNDED AT KROMELLENBOOG ON THE 29th JUNE, BUT UP TILL THE PRESENT NO FURTHER INFORMATION HAD BEEN RECEIVED. REID JOINED THIS FORCE ABOUT A YEAR AGO, AND HAS ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS BEEN UNDER FIRE.
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PRIVATE PATRICK REILLY 1ST GORDON HIGHLANDERS

HAWICK NEWS 20TH DECEMBER 1901

PATRICK REILLY, AN ARMY RESERVIST, PRIVATE IN THE 1ST GORDON HIGHLANDERS, DIED RATHER SUDDENLY ON MONDAY MORNING AT THE EARLY AGE OF 27. HE RESIDED WITH HIS MOTHER AND FATHER AT 1 O’CONNELL STREET. ON SATURDAY NIGHT HE CAME HOME AND COMPLAINED OF A PAIN ABOUT THE HEART AND THE LEFT SIDE. HE BECAME WORSE AND DIED OF THE ABOVE STATED. DR BARRIE INTIMATED THAT DEATH HAD RESULTED FROM ACUTE INFLAMMATION OR PNEUMONIA. PRIVATE REILLY SERVED IN INDIA FOR 7 YEARS AND 9 MONTHS AND TOOK PART IN THE CHITRAL AND TIRAH CAMPAIGNS, AND WAS PRESENT AT THE STORMING OF THE DARGAI HEIGHTS, WHERE OUR SOLDIERS COVERED THEMSELVES WITH GLORY. HE HELD ONE MEDAL, AND WAS ENTITLED TO A SECOND ONE. IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR, PTE. REILLY WAS CALLED UP, AND WAS PRESENT AT THE DISASTEROUS BATTLE OF MAGERSFONTEIN, WHERE HE WAS WOUNDED IN THE LEG. SUBSEQUENTLY HE WAS WOUNDED IN THE SIDE THE BULLET INJURING HIS LUNGS. FROM THIS WOUND HE NEVER FULLY RECOVERED AND WAS INVALIDED HOME ABOUT 18 MONTHS AGO. HE HAD TWO GOOD CONDUCT STRIPES. A BROTHER AND BROTHER-IN-LAW OF THE DECEASED ARE STILL AT THE FRONT SERVING WITH THE 3RD K.O.S.B.


HAWICK EXPRESS 20th DECEMBER 1901
SUDDEN DEATH OF A RESERVIST -
ABOUT HALF-PAST FOUR ON MONDAY MORNING, PATRICK REILLY, (27) ARMY RESERVIST, DIED SOMEWHAT SUDDENLY AT HIS RESIDENCE IN O'CONNELL STREET. HE HAD GONE HOME SHORTLY AFTER EIGHT COMPLAINING OF SEVERE PAINS ABOUT HIS HEART AND LEFT SIDE. HE WAS ATTENDED BY DR. BARRIE, BUT BETWEEN TWELVE AND ONE O'CLOCK HE BECAME WORSE AND DIED AS STATED. HE HAD BEEN IN FAILING HEALTH FOR SOME TIME. DR. BARRIE CERTIFIED DEATH TO BE DUE TO PNEUMONIA



HAWICK NEWS 18th JULY 1902


PRIVATE PATRICK REILLY, OF THE 1st GORDON HIGHLANDERS, DIED RATHER SUDDENLY AT l O'CONNELL STREET, HAWICK, IN DECEMBER LAST, AT THE EARLY AGE OF 27.
HE SERVED IN INDIA FOR SEVEN YEARS AND NINE MONTHS, AND WHILE THERE TOOK PART IN THE CHITRAL AND TIRAH CAMPAIGNS, AND WAS AMONG THE GAY GORDONS IN THEIR FAMOUS CHARGE OF THE DARGAI HEIGHTS. HE HELD ONE MEDAL AND WAS ENTITLED TO ANOTHER. IN THE EARLY DAYS OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR PRIVATE REILLY WAS CALLED UP, BEING A RESERVIST AND TOOK PART IN THE DISASTEROUS BATTLE OF MAGERSFONTEIN. SUBSEQUENTLY HE WAS WOUNDED IN THE SIDE, THE BULLET INJURING HIS SIDES. FROM THIS WOUND HE NEVER FULLY RECOVERED, AND WAS INVALIDED HOME EIGHTEEN MONTHS BEFORE HE DIED. HE HAD TWO GOOD CONDUCT STRIPES. A BROTHER AND BROTHER-IN¬-LAW OF THE DECEASED ARE AMONG THE MEMBERS OF THE 3rd K.O.S.B. JUST RETURNED FROM THE FRONT.
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LANCE-CORPORAL ANDREW.W.RIDDLE 2ND SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS



HAWICK NEWS 3RD JANUARY 1902

SUDDEN DEATH OF ANOTHER HAWICK HERO-

LANCE CORPORAL A. RIDDLE OF THE SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS, DIED SUDDENLY AT HIS RESIDENCE IN WILTON CRESCENT ON OLD YEARS DAY. HE HAD BEEN IN FAIRLY GOOD HEALTH FOR SOME TIME; BUT WHILE AT BREAKFAST TOOK ILL AND SUDDENLY EXPIRED. HE JOINED THE SEAFORTHS IN 1896, AND THE BOER CAMPAIGN WAS HIS FIRST EXPERIENCE ABROAD. HE TOOK PART IN THE BATTLE OF MAGERSFONTEIN, AND WAS ONE OF THE FEW WHO CHARGED THE BOER ENTRENCHMENTS. WHILE DOING SO HE WAS CAUGHT IN THE BARBED WIRE ENTANGLEMENTS, AND IN ENDEVOURING TO EXTRICATE HIMSELF CUT HIS LEFT LEG VERY SEVERELY, THE WOUND BEING SIX INCHES LONG. HE DID NOT REPORT THE WOUND, AND WITH THE SUBSEQUENT EXPOSURE IT GOT VERY BAD. WHILE ENGAGED IN THIS BATTLE THE MAN ON HIS LEFT WAS SHOT DEAD, AND THE ONE ON THE RIGHT WAS SHOT THROUGH THE ARM. LANCE CORPORAL RIDDLE WAS UNWOUNDED IN THE FIGHT BUT THE LEFT BREAST OF HIS TUNIC WAS SMEARED WITH THE BLOOD OF HIS COMRADE WHO WAS SHOT DEAD AT HIS SIDE. HE WAS WITH GEN. HECTOR MACDONALD AT KOODOOSBERG, AND AFTER THE RELIEF OF KIMBERLEY, THE HIGHLAND BRIGADE, AFTER FORCED MARCHING, CAME UPON THE FAMOUS CRONJE AND THE SEAFORTHS WERE THE FIRST TO ENGAGE THE ENEMY. IT WAS ONE OR TWO DAYS AFTER THE SURRENDER OF GENERAL CRONJE THAT LANCE CORPORAL RIDDLE WAS FINALY DISABLED. HE HAD CROSSED THE MODDER RIVER WITH A MULE, AND WAS RETURNING WHEN A BOER SNIPER, TRYING TO HIT HIM, SHOT THE MULE AND AS IT ROLLED OVER IT KICKED HIM ON THE LEFT KNEE JOINT AND ROLLED ON TOP OF HIM. THE RIVER WAS VERY DEEP, AND BUT FOR THE TIMELY AID OF A COMRADE HE MUST HAVE DROWNED. HIS NEAREST SHAVE WAS ON THE SAME OCCASION WHEN HIS SHIRT WAS TORN BY A BULLET. HE WAS TAKEN TO MODDER RIVER THEN TO DE AAR WHERE HE LAY ELEVEN WEEKS, THEN HE WAS MOVED TO WINSBURG HOSPITAL AND OPERATED ON BY THE FAMOUS ARMY SURGEON SIR WM. M’CORMAC. HE SAILED FOR THIS COUNTRY ON MAY 26TH, AND WENT BY WAY OF ST. HELENA. AFTER LANDING AT SOUTHAMPTON HE WENT TO SANDGATE CONVALESCENT HOME, AFTER A WEEKS TREATMENT CAME HOME. ON ARRIVING IN HAWICK HE GOT A GREAT OVATION BEING THE FIRST HAWICK SOLDIER TO RETURN FROM THE FRONT. LARGE CROWDS TURNED OUT AND GAVE HIM A ROYAL WELCOME. AFTER BEING OPERATED ON AT BERWICK MILITARY HOSPITAL, THE LEG WAS EVENTUALLY CURED, BUT THE DISEASE, LEAVING THE LIMB SETTLED IN HIS LUNGS, AND SOME TIME AGO LANCE CPL. RIDDLE RETIRED FROM THE ARMY WITH A GOOD PENSION. HE WAS WELL KNOWN IN THE TOWN, AND WAS AN ENTHUSIASTIC AMATUER PHOTOGRAPHER AND CYCLIST. HIS DEATH CAME SOMEWHAT UNEXPECTEDLY, AS HE HAD LOOKED WELL UNTIL A SHORT TIME AGO. THE FUNERAL TOOK PLACE YESTERDAY, WHEN AMONG THE COMPANY WHO FOLLOWED THE WARRIOR TO HIS LAST RESTING PLACE WERE SERGT.- INST. T. BUCHANAN AND PIPE - MAJOR BALLOCH OF THE K.O.S.B.(IN UNIFORM). HE RESIDED WITH HIS PARENTS FOR WHOM MUCH SYMPATHY IS FELT.




HAWICK NEWS 18th JULY 1902

FROM HAWICK ROLL OF HEROES - LOCAL MEN KILLED AT THE FRONT

LANCE-CORPORAL ANDREW RIDDLE, OF THE SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS, DIED SUDDENLY AT HIS RESIDENCE IN WILTON CRESCENT ON OLD YEAR' S DAY LAST. HE TOOK ILL WHILE AT BREAKFAST AND SUDDENLY EXPIRED. HE JOINED THE SEAFORTHS IN 1896, AND THE BOER CAMPAIGN WAS HIS FIRST EXPERIENCE OF ACTIVE SERVICE. HE ALSO TOOK PART IN MAGERSFONTEIN, AND WAS ONE OF THE FEW WHO CHARGED THE BOER ENTRENCHMENTS WHEN THE ORDER TO RETIRE WAS GIVEN. HE GOT CAUGHT IN THE BARBED WIRE ENTANGLEMENTS, AND IN EXTRICATING HIMSELF, GOT HIS LEFT LEG VERY SEVERELY TORN, THE WOUND BEING SIX INCHES LONG, SHAPED LIKE A FISH HOOK. WITH SUBSEQUENT EXPOSURE IT GOT WORSE, AND WHILE CROSSING THE MODDER RIVER WITH A MULE ON THE DAY OF THE BATTLE OF PAARDBERG THE MULE WAS SHOT BY A BOER SNIPER, AND AS IT ROLLED OVER IT KICKED HIM ON THE WOUNDED LEG. HE WENT THROUGH A NUMBER OF MEDICAL OPERATIONS. THE WOUND HEALED, BUT THE DISEASE WENT TO HIS LUNGS AND HE WAS PENSIONED OFF THE ARMY. HE GOT A GREAT OVATION WHEN HE REACHED HAWICK FROM THE FRONT.
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ERECTED BY ELIZABETH BALMER IN MEMORY OF HER HUSBAND
WALTER RIDDELL WHO DIED 17th APRIL 1889 AGED 31 YEARS
ALSO CPL. ANDREW RIDDELL THEIR SON 2nd SEAFORTHS WHO DIED 31st DEC. 1901 AGED 24 YEARS
ALSO IN MEMORY OF PTE. FREDERICK CROZIER 1ST K.O.S.B. SON OF CHRISTOPHER AND ELZABETH CROZIER KILLED IN ACTION AT THE DARDANELLES 6th APRIL 1915 AGED 18
YEARS ALSO THE ABOVE CHRISTOPHER CROZIER WHO DIED 22nd APRIL 1931 AGED 62 YEARS
ALSO THEIR SON DAVID B. CROZIER WHO DIED 2nd SEPT. 1931 AGED 32 YEARS


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PRIVATE GEORGE TURNBULL 2ND ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS
COLENSO 15TH DECEMBER 1899

HAWICK ADVERTISER 22ND DECEMBER 1899


PTE. GEORGE TURNBULL (1524) WHOSE NAME APPEARS IN THE LIST OF KILLED IN THE 2ND BATTALION ROYAL SCOTS FUSILIERS AT THE BATTLE OF TUGELA RIVER WAS A NATIVE OF HAWICK. HE HAD SERVED SEVEN YEARS IN THE ARMY, MOSTLY IN INDIA, AND HAVING SERVED FIVE YEARS IN THE FIRST RESERVE WAS ON THE SECOND RESERVE WHEN WAR BROKE OUT. HE WAS EMPLOYED IN EDINBURGH AND AT ONCE VOLUNTEERED FOR THE FRONT. HIS WIDOW RESIDES IN EDINBURGH. HIS WIDOWED MOTHER WHO RESIDED IN GARFIELD STREET, HAWICK INFORMED OUR REPRESENTATIVE YESTERDAY THAT SHE HAD THREE SONS ALL OF WHOM SERVED THE QUEEN. THERE IS ONE IN THE SOUDAN JUST NOW AND HE TOOK PART IN THE BATTLES AT ATBARA, OMDURMAN AND KHARTOUM, SERVING UNDER GENERAL WAUCHOPE WHILE THE THIRD SON IS ON THE RESERVE, THE FATHER WAS ALSO A SOLDIER.




Also name appears on RSF memorial, AYR.
Buried at Colenso Clouston. No grave marker at site.
Listed on Regimental memorial at Colenso.

Private George Turnbull, no.1524, 2nd Bn. RSF
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