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Nuneaton, Riversley Park, Boer War Memorial

  

History (from an article written by and copyright of Martin Edwards 2008)

The Nuneaton Boer War Memorial; which now stands in Riversely Park, Coton Road, Nuneaton; orginally stood in Bond Gate but was moved in 1967 when the area was redeveloped. It took the form of a red granite plinth upon which stood a soldier in Boer war campaign dress with slouch hat, tipped back, loading his rifle whilst staring straight ahead.

The memorial was unveiled on 28th January 1905 by General Sir Redvers Buller, £160 having been raised for its erection by public subscription. The sculptor was Mr Adolphus E L Rost. The memorial listed 48 men who served and returned, and 5 who died, by rank, regiment, surname and forename.

In November 2006 the statue was stolen having been removed from the plinth with an angle grinder. An offer to replace the orginal with a replica, free of charge, was made by a local sculptor. The original dedication plaque had gone missing several years before. In January 2007 a public consultation process took place to discuss the replacement.

The dedication reads:-
Erected to perpetuate the memory of the men of the Nuneaton district who at the call of duty went forth to fight their country's battles in south Africa during the years 1899 - 1902. By public subscription through the agency of the Midland Counties Tribune Newspaper.
Rank First Name Last Name Regiment
                   Died on
 Active Service    
 Private  W  JEFFCOTE  A Compy Royal Welsh Fusiliers
 Sergeant  Albert E  STORER  14th King's Hussars
 Private  John  SMITH  17th Lancers
 Private    HODKINS  1st Derbyshire Regt
 Private    FAIRFIELD  Service Company
Yeomanry      
Corporal Campbell Blair  
Lance corporal John Cleaver  
Lance corporal J G P Deacon  
Trooper G R Bailey  
Trooper M Brownson  
Trooper F Bayliss  
Trooper H Y Crofts  
Trooper W Daulman  
Trooper Frederick Horobin  
Trooper Charles Lea  
Trooper James Meakin  
Trooper L Smith  
Trooper Ernest Wheetman  
Trooper William Meakin  
Driscoll's Scouts    
Trooper R Glover  
South Rhodesian Volunteers    
Corporal J H Veasey  
RAM Corps      
Compound O G Iliffe  
Veterinary Lieut    
  F S Clay  
Volunteers      
Lieut Jas M Knox  
Sergt T G Moreton  
Private Isaac Bates  
Private James Fairfield  
Private George Green  
Private William Holloway  
Private S H Lucock  
Private T Margetts  
Private James Payne  
Private J Buckler  
Private E Thorne  
Private E Washbourne
Ambulance      
Sergt T J Hayes  
Sergt John Ryan  
Sergt J Wheway  
Private W Cramphorn  
Private John T Day  
Private Joseph Hackett  
Private Frederick A Holtham  
Private J H Johnson  
Private Albert Parker  
Private F A E Taylor  
Private R Tite  
Regulars      
Private C Tassell  
Lieut Brian Evans 1st Batt, 5th Northumberland Fusiliers
Lieut Geoffrey Charles Evans 3rd West Yorkshire Regt
Private Henry Adams 16th Lancers
Royal Fusiliers    
Private James Thompson 2nd Batt, 58th North Staffs Regt
Private Thomas Munton 2nd Batt, 58th Northamptonshire Regt
Private Thomas Bloxham R.A.M.C.

 If you have any information about any of the men listed on this memorial that you would like to have published in our Life Stories section, or if you would like to take part in any of our indexing projects please contact the War Memorials project co-ordinator.

Transcribed from the Memorial and © Kate Keens. Photo Kate Keens

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