BOER WAR MEMORIAL MONUMENT
ST. ODWALD'S CHURCH,
OS GRID REFERENCE: SJ289293
The monument is of a cross in the Celtic design and is sited to the side of St. Oswald's Church. It is purely commemorative and does not stand above the remains of a deceased person. The persons named thereon lay beneath the turf of a distant, foreign land.
From my photographs, one can see that there is evidence of encroaching moss growth from the base of the pedestal and lichen/moss almost obscuring the inscription.
Other than that, the monument is in very good order.
The front elevation is inscribed thus:
"THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED BY THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE',F' COMPANY OF THE 2ND VOLUNTEER BATTALION, THE KING'S (SLI) SND FRIENDS TO COMMEMORATE THE BRAVERY AND DEDICATION OF LANCE CORPORAL JAMES KENYON OF THE ABOVE COMPANY WHO VOLUNTEERED AND SERVED IN SOUTH AFRICA IN THE BOER WAR AND WAS MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES FOR HIS SERVICES"
Below this is a carved stone rifle with a slouch hat bearing the badge of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry.
The left elevation (from the front) :"ALSO TO THE MEMORY OF SERGEANT INSTRUCTOR WILLIAM LEE OF THE'D'(HODNET) COMPANY 2ND VOLUNTEER BATTALION THE KING'S SHROPSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY (A NATIVE OF OSWESTRY) WHO DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE IN SOUTH AFRICA DURING THE BOER WAR AND WAS ALSO MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES FOR HIS SERVICES."
The rear elevation:
"THIS MONUMENT WAS UNVEILED BY BRIGADIER GENERAL LLOYD, C.B.,;D.S.O.; OF ASTON HALL ON THE 19TH FEBRUARY 1905"
and below this on the pedestal:
"DESIGNED AND EXECUTED BY CORPORAL D.J.LEWIS"
The right elevation:
"TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF LANCE CORPORAL JAMES KENYON OF OSWESTRY WHO DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE IN SOUTH AFRICA DURING THE BOER WAR"
James Kenyon attested to the King's Shropshire Light Infantry at Haslingden, Shropshire on 16th January 1900 with the service number 7300. Sadly, he died of disease at Bloemfontein on 4rd March 1901. He is commemorated on monument 2 at President Avenue, Bloemfontein where he was interred.
The "UK Army Register of Deceased Soldiers Effects' records that his money owed by H.M.Government totalling £12 11shillings and 6 pence was paid to his father Henry.
William Lee died of disease at Bloemfontein on 13th April 1901 and is also interred at this location.
He is commemorated on the St. Chad's statue in Shrewsbury.