1900 - The funeral of the late John William Winslade, who died in Netley Hospital on August 2nd, took place in Othery Cemetery yesterday [August 9th]. Deceased was a trooper in the Langport and Bridgwater Troop of the West Somerset Yeomanry, and early in the year volunteered for the front, and was selected for service in the West Somerset contingent of the Imperial Yeomanry. He left England in February last, after a public dinner had been held in his honour, and accompanied his regiment in their manoeuvres from the base to Bloemfontein, where he had a severe attack of sunstroke. Enteric fever followed, and he was invalided home, arriving at Netley on July 4. Here deceased suffered a relapse, and after a painful illness expired on August 2nd. The body was brought to Langport station on Tuesday, and was accompanied to Othery by members of the local Yeomanry and Volunteer Corps. A contingent of the Langport and Bridgwater Troop of Yeomanry attended the funeral, under the command of Major Barrett, Regimental Sergeant-Major Short, and Troop Sergeant-Major Fuller, and a number of the H Company (Langport) 2nd V.B. Somerset Light Infantry were also present. A firing party preceded the corpse to the grave. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack. The service was conducted by the Rev. C. P. Gillam (vicar), assisted by the Rev. A. H. A. Smith, Lyng, chaplain of the West Somerset Yeomanry. At the end of the ceremony, three volleys were fired over the grave. The deceased was much respected in the district, and a large number of persons from neighbouring parishes were present, and a large number of floral tributes were sent, including one from his late comrades-in-arms. Western Daily Press, Friday 10th August 1900
Private John William Winslade
7th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry, joined at Taunton
Served in South Africa for 70 days
Medal roll WO 100/ 123 QSA one clasp Cape Colony.
Private 7736 JW Winslade 25th West Somerset Imperial Yeomanry.
His personal effects left to his father. John's profession stated as farmer.
PS.....The poppy was very thoughtful!
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