That is certainly one of the more impressive and yet very simple memorials to be seen these days, I have passed it very many times over the years and have always marvelled each time, I'm glad to see it unmolested in these strange times that make up life.
Just a fluke..... Just finished typing up and going to put on our favorite auction site this weekend from the collection I am disposing of......
QUEENS / KINGS SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL BOER WAR PAIR – 1ST SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT - DOD
2876 CORPORAL J. HESKETH, SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT
BARS: TUGELA HEIGHTS / ORANGE FREE STATE / RELIEF OF LADYSMITH / TRANSVAAL / LAING'S NEK
KINGS'S SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL -
2876 SERGEANT J. HESKETH, SOUTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT
BARS: SOUTH AFRICA 1901 – SOUTH AFRICA 1902
Took part in battle at Spion Kop.....
First name(s) J
Last name Hesketh
Service number 2875
Regiment 1 Battalion The South Lancashire Regiment (Prince Of Wales's Volunteers) Year 1899-1902
Memorials Queen's Gardens. Statue. South Lancashire Regiment, Warrington, Merseyside, England
Event detail Died Disease on 21/05/1902 at Dundee
Event unit 1 Battalion The South Lancashire Regiment (Prince Of Wales's Volunteers)
Military Historical Society
your unfortunate Corporal Hesketh had been in South Africa for virtually the whole war and had survived some intense battles, when typhoid [enteric fever], presumably, eventually caught up with him.
The 1st South Lancashires left Fulwood Barracks, Preston on 30 November 1899, and just 10 days after he died, hostilities ceased.
JC De Villiers writes there were 8,000 British Army deaths from typhoid, which is more than all the Army deaths from battle, I understand.
The typhoid vaccine was just coming into use, and those who received it had >50% reduction in typhoid mortality.
The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past.