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MORETONHAMPSTEAD BOER WAR MEMORIAL

 

Memorial to Moretonhampstead men who served in the Boer War
Memorials are often associated with churches. This one, in Moretonhampstead, hangs in the entrance to the courtyard of the White Hart Inn in the centre of the town - a place where the men of the local Volunteers regularly met for social occasions of a kind then known as "smoking concerts". Sadly, the passing of a century,  exposure to the open air and far too much Brasso has tarnished this plaque which commemorates the services of the men rather than their lives.

© Richard J. Brine

 

 C. A LOVEYS

6521 Trooper Charles Arthur Loveys of the 27th Company of the Imperial Yeomanry. Son of Arthur Loveys, an auctioneer and his wife Bessie; brother of Herbert Clampitt Loveys who also served. Born in Christow in  the March Quarter of 1875 and educated at Plymouth College. Wounded 13 December 1900 at Nooitgedacht. Returned home safely and in 1903 married Jessie Hayward before settling to a farmer's life at Meacombe, Moretonhampstead.

Awarded the Queen's South Africa (QSA) Medal with Clasps for: Diamond Hill, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, South Africa 1901.

J. CONNABEER
Lance Corporal John Connabeer of the 5th Haytor Volunteer Battalion of the Devonshire regiment. Son of William and Ann Connabeer of Court Street, Moretonhampstead. Born in Holne in 1868. Returned home safely 7 June 1901. Mentioned in Record of a Regiment of the Line by M. Jacson.
H. R. DYMOND
5572 Private Harold Rhill Dymond of the 5th Haytor Volunteer Battalion of the Devonshire regiment. He was, in fact, promoted to be Lance Corporal in July 1900.  Son of John and Matilda Dymond..  Born in Moreton in the March Quarter of 1881.   He returned home safely to Elm Terrace, Moretonhampstead 7 June 1901, was discharged from the Regiment 17 June 1901 and was present to receive his South Africa Medal 9 September 1901. (See the records of the next two men - it seems all three enlisted together.)
F. PARKER
5560 Private Frank Parker of the Devonshire Regiment. Son of William and Elizabeth Parker of Forder Street, Moretonhampstead. Born in the June Quarter of 1878. Enlisted in the Devonshire Regiment 16 January 1900 aged 21 years and 8 months and sent to South Africa.  Returned to the UK in 1901 and discharged 17 June that year. Awarded the South African War Medal for 1900. 
A.H.WILLS
5570 Private Arthur Henry Wills of the Devonshire Regiment.  Son of Elizabeth Wills of Court Street,  Moretonhampstead and the late George Wills. Born in Moreton in the December Quarter of 1871.  Enlisted in the Devonshire Regiment 16 January 1900 aged 28 and sent to South Africa.  Returned to the UK in 1901 and discharged 17 June that year. Awarded the South African War Medal for 1900.

 

 
 
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