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Four brothers serving in South Africa at the same time 9 months 2 days ago #68134

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Can this be equalled or beaten?

Ben Goodlad 2nd Derby & Notts. Regiment (Sherwood Foresters)
Harry Goodlad Grenadier Guards
Herbert Goodlad 2nd Derby & Notts. Regiment (Sherwood Foresters)
? Goodlad 2nd Grenadier Guards
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To the Editor.
Sir, - I notice in your "Notes by the Way" of last week "Two of the Chesterfield Volunteers who are amongst the selected for South Africa, are brothers, named Goodlad. Two other brothers are at the present time serving in the Grenadiers." They are a quartette of Goodlads, and good luck to them.
Yours truly,
"X."
February 5th, 1900.

The Derbyshire Times, Saturday 10th February 1900
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TWO CHESTERFIELD RESERVISTS LEAVE FOR SOUTH AFRICA.
Two more Chesterfield Reservists, in the persons of Privates W. Masters and H. Goodlad, of the 3rd Grenadier Guards, left Chesterfield on Tuesday to join the brigade of Guards which left England for South Africa on Wednesday. This makes the fifth Goodlad, all brothers, who are in the Army. Four are already fighting in South Africa, two in the Grenadier Guards and two in the Derbyshire Regiment.

The Derbyshire Times, Saturday 26th May 1900
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Private H. Goodlad, who went out with the first contingent of the Derbyshire Volunteers to the front, wrote home to his father from Kroonstad under date the 14th May. He observes he is in the best of health. They left Edenburg on the 5th April, and marched through a cloud of locusts, which, he remarks, was like a snowstorm. They trained to Glen, and left that place on Sunday and were under fire on the Monday, but no one was killed, although one scout was wounded. They then went on to Thaba Nchu, and on the 4th of May were in action, but adds there were not many killed and none of our regiment were hurt. They then marched to Winburg, which, he observes, was like a fair, the people were delighted to see them. They were again in action on the 10th May, and at the time of writing were just outside Kroonstad. "We have been living," Goodlad remarks, "on a biscuit a day, so we shall be fat soon, but I think the war will soon be over now. I put a patch on my trousers yesterday, so I shall not want a wife when I return home. They gave us a pound of flour to do as we liked with, so I have learnt to cook and mend." Goodlad concludes by observing that he saw his brother Harry at Edenburg, but they did not stop, and he just saw him and that was all. He regrets to hear that his brother Ben has had the fever slightly.

The Derbyshire Times, Saturday 23rd June 1900
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DEATH OF A CHESTERFIELD MAN AT PRETORIA.
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A Victim to Enteric Fever.

We deeply regret to have to record the death of Private B. Goodlad, of the "A" Company, Chesterfield Volunteers, who formed one of the first Volunteer Contingent which went out to the front in February last. Private Goodlad fell a victim to the ravages of enteric fever and succumbed to the insidious disease at Pretoria on the 22nd inst.

Private B. Goodlad was a keen and smart volunteer and came of a soldier family. With two brothers already in the Grenadier Guards, he and his brother, H. Goodlad, prompted by a patriotic desire to serve their country, and a love of adventure, were amongst the first to volunteer. Both were accepted with the result that no fewer than four members of the family have thus been out in South Africa bravely doing their duty for Queen and country. Enthusiastic volunteers, both brothers were good shots and by the nature of their occupation as hard as nails, in fact, eminently suited for roughing it in the stern and exacting work for which they so cheerfully offered their services. But disease, more deadly than Boer bullets has laid the elder brother low and the sympathy of all will go out to the parent of these four brave lads, in his bereavement. Goodlad has died a soldier's death as truly as if he had fallen in the field of battle and in the knowledge that he has passed away while bravely doing his duty in his country's service both parent and comrades may gain some comfort. In the photograph of the contingent we published on February 24th, the portrait of Private B. Goodlad will be found in the top left hand corner.

The Derbyshire Times, Saturday 30th June 1900
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Mr Goodlad, of Foljambe Road, has just received a letter from his son, Private H. Goodlad, who is with the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters, Derbyshire Regiment, which is attached to the 1st Derbyshire Regiment in South Africa. The letter is dated Kroonstad Hospital, August 2nd. The writer says "I was taken ill at Linley and they took me to Kroonstad Hospital. The Boers robbed us of our rifles and bayonets, and cut our equipment to pieces, but they did not touch me." Goodlad had evidently not then heard of his brother Ben's death for he goes on to say that he had not seen him for some time. He says, "He left him at Kroonstad but he joined us again the first camp above Pretoria. He was then as bad as ever, but he marched with us seven miles out of Pretoria. We then left him and I have not seen him since. We marched about fifty miles above Pretoria to Elandeneer and I thought my time had come. The bullets were flying thick around us in all directions and they killed three in our regiment. Lord Roberts said it was one of the heaviest rifle fires there has been in South Africa. I think we shall be home for our Christmas dinner."

Mr Goodlad has also had a letter, dated 25th July, from his son, Private Goodlad, of the 2nd Grenadier Guards. Goodlad says "I have been ill in Senekal Hospital. About 15 days ago I came in after doing a march from Winburg with a convoy. They carried me on a stretcher, about 8 o'clock at night, to a schoolroom. There have been four died whilst I have been here. I hope I shall soon be out of here. I can get no news of Herbert and Ben, but I saw Harry, but I had not time to speak to him. He was on duty upon the hills for a day or two, and then they packed us off to Winburg for another convoy, and when we got back to Senekal they had moved again. I don't know where they are now. I think we shall soon be coming home.

The Derbyshire Times, Saturday 1st September 1900
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Four brothers serving in South Africa at the same time 8 months 3 weeks ago #68196

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From the Boer side: A Burgher with 10 sons under arms

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Four brothers serving in South Africa at the same time 7 months 2 weeks ago #68673

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Here's another one... the four Smithwick brothers. (my 2nd great uncles)

They were the sons of former Quartermaster Sergeant John Smithwick (Born in Ireland) who was with the 75th Regiment of Foot and had settled in Pietermaritzburgh once discharged.. All 4 were born in the town.

Michael Thomas (born 1874) - Cape Police and Border Scouts

Edward Patrick (1878) - Colonial Scouts , Natal Carbineers , Natal Volunteer Composite Regiment,and Steinaecker’s Horse

Matthew Bernard (1880) - Thorneycroft’s Mounted Infantry and Natal Volunteer Composite Regimen

Patrick Fitzgerald (1882) - Colonial Scouts,South African Mounted Irregular Forces Depot Staff and the Natal Carbineers,

Prior to the ABW Michael and Edward had served with the Natal Mounted Police.. Both men went on to serve in the 1st World War - Michael was wounded at the Battle of Delville Wood, the Somme and Edward on a hospital ship with the S.A.Medical Corps off East Africa.
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Hudsontwin wrote: Here's another one... the four Smithwick brothers. (my 2nd great uncles)

They were the sons of former Quartermaster Sergeant John Smithwick (Born in Ireland) who was with the 75th Regiment of Foot and had settled in Pietermaritzburgh once discharged.. All 4 were born in the town.

Michael Thomas (born 1874) - Cape Police and Border Scouts

Edward Patrick (1878) - Colonial Scouts , Natal Carbineers , Natal Volunteer Composite Regiment,and Steinaecker’s Horse

Matthew Bernard (1880) - Thorneycroft’s Mounted Infantry and Natal Volunteer Composite Regimen

Patrick Fitzgerald (1882) - Colonial Scouts,South African Mounted Irregular Forces Depot Staff and the Natal Carbineers,

Prior to the ABW Michael and Edward had served with the Natal Mounted Police.. Both men went on to serve in the 1st World War - Michael was wounded at the Battle of Delville Wood, the Somme and Edward on a hospital ship with the S.A.Medical Corps off East Africa.


Any connection with Smithwick's Brewery in Kilkenny?

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Unfortunately not Berenice. The Smithwick's were from rural County Tipperary (Golden)

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