Following further research into the two men whose sacrifice is commemorated on this brass plaque it becomes apparent that they were on the opposite sides of the social spectrum!
Thomas Reginald Walker was the son of the Lord of the Manor and William Thomas Carpenter, the son of an Agricultural Labourer. Death in war really is a great leveller.
SERGEANT THOMAS REGINALD WALKER
He was 33 years old at the time of his death, and was serving with the Imperial Yeomanry Bearer Company, and as such could have been attending to wounded men during battle. Men of the bearer companies often proved to be the bravest of men when treating and recovering the wounded.
For his service in South Africa he was posthumously awarded the Queen's South Africa medal with clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal. The medal named to the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital
Died of disease at Pretoria on 18th December 1900.
Interred at Pretoria 1. Monument 69.
From "THE ECHO," dated Monday, November 3; page unknown:
"HONOUR THE BRAVE"
"In the church of St. Bartholomew,-the -Great, London, a church parade of the Royal Army Medical Corps (Vols) has been held, and in the cause of the service a brass tablet, to the memory of Privates George William Morton Stevens, Thomas Reginald Walker (son of the late Mr. John Walker, The Manor, Lower Guiting) and Ralph Poynter Williams, who fell in the South African Campaign, was unveiled in the Lady Chapel. Colonel I. E. Squire,vin asking Major-General Sir William Taylor to perform the ceremony, said that out of 90 officers and men sent to the front, three lost their lives. One of them was killed in action; the other two, in trying to combat disease in others, themselves succumbed. Sir William Taylor, Director -General of the Army Medical Service, before removing the Union Jack and Geneva flag which covered the tablet, said two members of the corps had distinguished themselves by winning the Victoria Cross, but those who were commemorated in the tablet had won immortality. He thought that the memorial could not have been more suitably placed than in the chapel, because it would show that the character of our countrymen had not changed since the church was built 700 years ago. He then handed the tablet to the care of the rector and churchwardens for ever, after which the "Last post" was sounded by the bugler."
Furthermore, Thomas's name is also inscribed on the memorial tablets at Chapter House, Gloucester Cathedral.