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Oswestry town Boer War memorial 1 month 3 days ago #70476

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….DEATH OF A SOLDIER. - On Sunday next, at Trinity Church, Oswestry, a memorial service will be held with respect to the late Lance-corporal James Kenyon, of the 2nd King's Shropshire Light Infantry who died from enteric fever at Bloemfontein on the 3rd inst. The deceased was the eldest son of Mr. Harry Kenyon, a prominent Freemason, who left Haslingden, about 20 years ago, and who now carries on a tailoring business at Oswestry. Lance-corporal Kenyon, who was in his 23rd year, sailed for South Africa on March 3rd, 1900, and his lamented death took place on the anniversary of his departure. His Company formed part of General Smith-Dorrien's Brigade, and from what is known of his character he doubtless took his full share in the achievements which have won for the Shropshire Regiment such unstinted praise from their brigadier and colonel. He stood 6ft. 3in. in height, and altogether he was a splendid soldier. The fact that he was of Haslingden birth, and that he was the son of Haslingden people, lends a respectful interest to the lamented occurrence. He formerly was a valued member of the Oswestry United Football Club, for which he played in several matches last season. At the memorial service, his comrades of the football club and the volunteers are invited to be present.

The Haslingden Guardian, Friday 15th March 1901

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