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South African War Memorial, Dumbarton

 
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alexmaclennan



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 5:46 am    Post subject: South African War Memorial, Dumbarton Reply with quote

This memorial is in front of the Municipal buildings on Garshake Road. These lie just beside the big roundabout in the centre of Dumbarton.

It is a red granite cross with inscription and names of fallen on one polished face.










ERECTED BY THE CITIZENS OF DUMBARTON
IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO LEFT THE BURGH
TO FIGHT FOR THEIR COUNTRY IN SOUTH AFRICA
AND WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES
DURING THE PROGRESS OF THE WAR
1899 – 1902
“DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI”

CAPTAIN PETER ROBERT DENNY 1ST (KINGS)
DRAGOON GUARDS. ATTACHED TO 14TH HUSSARS
DRIVER W. WALLACE. ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY
DRIVER J. McGHEE. SCOTTISH RIFLES
DRIVER. F. GADNEY. 1ST HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY
DRIVER J. PONSONBY. A. & S. H. (MILITIA)
AND
1ST DUMBARTONSHIRE RIFLE VOLUNTEERS. SERVICE COMY.
ARGYLL AND SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS.
SERGT. J. C. MORRISON
CORPL. W.L.L. FITZWILLIAMS
L.CORPL. T. STEVENSON
PRIVATE R.M. DUNCAN
PRIVATE W. KELLY.
PRIVATE D.W. MOORE
PRIVATE M. DONNELLY

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was Captain Peter Denny from the the family of Dumbarton shipbuilders William Denny & Brothers?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the men listed above left a fiance back in Dumbarton who never married after he died.

https://sites.google.com/site/caitsgenealogy/home/smith-family-children/mary-ann-smith

Note that the Blog used Alex's transcription of the names.

Another memorial in Dumbarton says that Corporal William Fitzwilliams died in England so it may not be him.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam Brown wrote:
Was Captain Peter Denny from the the family of Dumbarton shipbuilders William Denny & Brothers?

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Looks like he may have been given his employement before the war.

From: http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/mildred-g-dooner/the-last-post--a-roll-of-all-officers-naval-military-or-colonial-who-gave--hci/page-7-the-last-post--a-roll-of-all-officers-naval-military-or-colonial-who-gave--hci.shtml

Denny. — Capt. Peter Robert Denny, 1st Dragoon Guards (attached 14th Hussars), was killed in action at Roodekop, near Dewetsdorp, April 25th, 1900. He was a son of the late William Denny, Esq., and his wife, Lelia Mathilda Serina, now Lady Samuelson, of 56, Princes Gate, S.W. Capt.

Denny was born at Dumbarton in Jan., 1875, and educated at Winchester. After leaving school he intended entering the engineering works of Messrs. Denny, of Dumbarton, but his love of sport and adventure made him join the army.
He entered the 1st Dragoon Guards in Dec, 1895, from the 3rd Batt. Queen's Royal West Surrey Regt., being promoted lieut. July, 1896, and capt. Dec, 1899. Soon after joining his regiment he accompanied a brother officer, Major Quicke (also killed during the war), on a shooting expedition to Somaliland.
Capt. Denny volunteered for active service, and proceeded to South Africa with the 14th Hussars, Dec, 1899, and served with the Natal Field Force till the Relief of Ladysmith, when he was transferred to Bloemfontein. He was then sent with the column - in command of a squadron — which was detached to relieve Dewetsdorp, and met his death in the fighting near the town.
He is buried close to where he fell and a memorial cross has been erected over his grave. A tablet to his memory has also been placed in Bloemfontein Cathedral.


I'd be interested to know if the plaque is still in Bloemfontein Cathedral

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adam Brown wrote:
Capt. Peter Robert Denny, 1st Dragoon Guards (attached 14th Hussars), was killed in action at Roodekop, near Dewetsdorp, April 25th, 1900. He was a son of the late William Denny, Esq., and his wife, Lelia Mathilda Serina, now Lady Samuelson, of 56, Princes Gate, S.W. Capt.


Lady Samuelson lost her second son in WW1 and died soon afterwards whilst working in a hospital at Rouen.

SAMUELSON, LADY LELIA MATHILDA
Rank: Volunteer
Date of Death: 18/06/1915
Age: 66
Regiment/Service: Voluntary Aid Detachment
Grave Reference: B. Vault 3. E.
Cemetery: DUMBARTON CEMETERY
Additional Information: Wife of Sir Bernhard Samuelson, 1st Bart.

Although repatriated to Scotland and buried at Dumbarton she isn't included on the war memorial.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In Dumbarton Cemetery is a large memorial to the Denny family, with dedications to Lelia Denny Samuelson, William Denny, and their two sons. Is this where she's buried, with William, or is it simply a memorial?





Also in loving memory of his eldest son
PETER ROBERT
Captain 1st (King's) Dragoon Guards
Born on the 5th January 1875
Killed in action at Roodekop near Dewetsdorp
South Africa on 24th April 1900
while commanding the "A" Squadron 14th Hussars
to which he was attached.
Buried by comrades near where he fell.





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