Hi I learnt today that my great grandfather Herbert Cawtheray served in South Africa, I have no idea what regiment, what conflict, he died in the First World War in 1914 and was a policeman in 1906, can anyone advise on how I might find any details?
Welcome to the forum.
I have searched for your G Grandfather ref his supposed time in S A.
I couldn't find a match for Herbert. He served in the Northumberland Fusiliers during WW1 his service number was 8811. There are a few Cawtheray's who did serve in the Boer war but with different initials. If you could supply any extra clues regarding your G Grandfather it may help to ascertain if he was in South Africa.
I have enclosed a couple of snippets regarding his WW 1 paperwork for your records just in case you haven't got them.
You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.
31st March 1901 Census - Herbert Cawtheray aged 16, parents Blackburn & Lucy Ann Cawtheray, living in Leeds. This makes it very unlikely he served in the Boer War of October 1899 to May 1902 and if he did it would have been the tail end.