21 August 2014

3rd Battalion, North Staffordshire Regiment - Boer War casualties

I photographed this memorial in St Mary's Church, Stafford a couple of months back. It's towards the back of the church in what seems, sadly, to have become a general dumping ground for cleaning products, stacks of chairs, fold-up tables and other bits and pieces.

The plaque records the names (and numbers) of men serving with the 3rd (Militia) Battalion who lost their lives in "South Africa or at Sea" between 1900 and 1902. Details as follows:

3240 Private J Critchlow
6015 Lance-Corporal H Coomer
5199 Private A Dabbs
2206 Private J Finn
3229 Private J Finney
5027 Private J Keenan
1726 Private E Kidd
4163 Private T Latham
5932 Private E Rayner
9792 Private G Robson
393 Private P Rodgers
5790 Private A Salt
1621 Private G Smith
5462 J E Thomas
3659 Drummer G Williams

If  nothing else, the memorial is a graphic illustration of the toll taken on the British Army by disease rather than Boer shot and shell.

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