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Many thanks, Mark, for the clarification but also for the prospect of your generous sharing of this fascinating research. I expect Rory is also impressed.
Since my first callow enquiry, visiting the Victorian Wars Forum, I stumbled on a knowledgeable book review of 'The Hill of Squandered Valour' ( Ron Lock ) by SWB, perhaps a senior V W Forum member, who casually, among his list of corrections, mentions that the two SLR companies engaged at Spion Kop were C and D. Do you concur Mark and does your list include the men of Company C?
Thanks again for your efforts, will watch for your posts on this and other SLR topics with interest..
Just looked back at the book, 'Red Roses On The Veldt,'by John Downham, which is sub-titled ' Lancashire Regiments in the Boer War'. He states that 'C' and 'D' companies only of the 1st Battalion participated in Spion Kop. He has about 12 pages on their part in the battle, and these include some first hand accounts by named authors, which also mention some officers and men by name
For those who don't know it, the book covers The East Lancashire, South Lancashire, and Loyal North Lancashire regiments. It includes Casualty Lists for all three regiments.
So Mark just to be 100% sure my man (below) is not on the roll for either C or D Companies and those were the ones atop Spioenkop?
Lance Corporal, 1st Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment and
Corporal (1st Class Trooper), South African Constabulary
- Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps Tugela Heights and Relief of Ladysmith
- King's South Africa Medal with clasps SA 1901 & SA 1902
Walsh was born in the Parish of Kilcoleman, near the town of Claremorris in the County of Mayo, Ireland on 30 July 1876
Walsh enlisted and attested for Short Service in the South Lancashire Regiment at Warrington with the rank of Private, number 5091 on 28 September 1896. His service was reckoned from this day.(Recruits into the British Army signed up for a total of 12 years – the first seven in the Army Service and the next five in the First Class of the Army Reserve)
Posted to the 1st Battalion, South Lancashire Regiment on 26 November 1896 and appointed as a Lance Corporal on 2 March 1898