Southland Fallen Troopers’ Memorial.
| Mr C. E. Griffiths, hon. secretary |to the ex-coutingenters’ association. | sends us a handsome souvenir in the shape of a booklet, which is to be sold in connection with the unveiling of the Troopers’ Memorial in Invercargill. The work will be completed in the spring, and officially opened with military honours appropriate to the occasion. Corporal Griffiths, to whom the work of compilation of the booklet was entrusted, has 'done his work well, and the whole work is full of interesting particulars of the recent stirring events in Soul Africa, and more particularly as regards the part Southlanders played in the engagement. The work was printed by Messrs Craig and Co., and on the cover a fine idea of what the memorial will be like when finished can be gathered from the photo. The frontispiece contains a photo of o'ir late premier, the Right Hon. R. J. Seddon. who had the honour of being the first premier to offer contingents to aid the Motherland in the late Boer War. Photos are also given of Eieuf.- Col. Hawkins, V.D., and Lieut—Cok Henderson, V.D., the officers who were entrusted with the selection of the contingents, and their selections, without exception, proved worthy of their ability. The fatality list includes 76 killed in action ; 17 accidentally killed ; and 104 died from disease, mJaking a total of 197, The Seventh Contingent suffered most, there being 37 kill--led in action, and 10 deaths from disease. Mr John Patterson, H.M. 72nd Highlanders, contributes an “In Memoriam,” which fittingly concludes with the.se lines : ■‘The dead we mourn, but thankful pray That eve have lived to see the day Blood-curdling deeds of daring ce a se While Boer and Briton live in peace. The death roll contains 277 names, and photos are given of each, bringing back to memory familiar faces that are no more. Three photos taken in South Africa of the graves where our heroes sleep arc capitally reproduced. A short resume of the war from the time when President Kruger received the ultimatum, in 1899, up to the present time, is given. The history iof the war is of too recent date to (enter into detail. The death roll of the British Army was as follows ; Killed. Wounded. Officers 714 1,753 Men 6,845 19,292 Total killed & wounded, 28,604 An excellent photo of the executive committee or Southland Returned Troopers' Association is given. Their names are Sergt. J. Vickery, Sergt. ■l. Corson. Trooper’s P. Donnelly, A. Wilson, Sergt. L. L. Murphy, Sergt. Ilofi’ord, Cor pi. C. Griffiths. Farrier J. Willett. Sergt. A. Jones. There should be a keen dem'ancl for these souvenir’s, and so help on this little association in the good work they have in hand —that of holding \ an annual re-uuion of returned troop--1 ers.
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Southland Fallen Troopers’ Memorial., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 15, 27 July 1907
Southland Fallen Troopers’ Memorial. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 15, 27 July 1907
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