Captain/Brevet Major Henry Scott Turner, Royal Highlanders, was killed in action at Carter’s Ridge, Kimberley, 28 November 1899. He was the son of Major Scott Turner, formerly of the 69th Regiment; was born in May 1867 and educated at Clifton College. He entered the Royal Highlanders as 2nd Lieutenant in December 1887, and was promoted Lieutenant May 1890, Captain 24 May 1898, and Brevet Major the following day. He served in Matabeleland 1893-94, and also 1896, when he was Adjutant and Paymaster of the Matabeleland Relief Force. Major Turner was mentioned in despatches 9 March 1897, and granted Brevet Majority for his services. Previous to the South African War Major Turner was serving with the British South Africa Co., but in October 1899, was seconded for special service, and proceeded to Kimberley and took part in the defence of the town. He had been wounded three days before he was killed while leading a sortie, which was most successful, thirty-three Boers being captured. Recovering, he again commanded a second sortie, and fell while directing his men. Col Kekwich in his despatch of 15 February 1900, mentions Major Turner’s brilliant services, his energy and courage; and adds “in him the army lost a most valuable officer”. The De Beers Co have erected , on Carter’s Ridge, a monument consisting of a Cairn 20 feet high with a slab in the centre, in memory of Major Scott Turner and others who fell in the sortie 26 November 1899.
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