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QSA (2) Relief of Mafeking Rhodesia (Lieut F W Milligan, Rhodesia Regiment))

Killed in action at Ramathlabama, near Mafeking, March 31st 1900. He was educated at Eton (Mr. Coles), and was a famous Yorkshire cricketer. He formed one of a relieving force, under Col. Plummer. endeavouring to reach Mafeking, but, being fiercely attacked by the Boers on the date mentioned, they were compelled to retreat. Lieut. Milligan and Capt. Crew-Robertson were killed.

A brass tablet has been placed in Lowmoor Church, Yorkshire, in memory of Lieut. Milligan.

Langridge February 1976 £160
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Frank William Milligan (19 March 1870 – 31 March 1900) was an English amateur first-class cricketer, who played in two Tests in 1899. He died in the campaign to relieve Mafeking during the Second Boer War.

Born in Farnborough, Hampshire, England, Milligan was a talented all-rounder, he bowled at a lively pace, fielded well and went for his strokes with the bat. He excelled for the Gentlemen v Players at The Oval in 1897, scoring 47 in each innings, and snaring two wickets for three runs in the Players' second innings; while at North Marine Road Ground, Scarborough a year later, he took seven second innings wickets for 61. He played his County Championship cricket for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, despite having been born outside the county boundaries, and achieved ten half centuries and 144 wickets in a total of 95 first-class games from 1894 to 1898/99.

Milligan played his two Test matches on Lord Hawke's tour of South Africa in 1898/9. He stayed on in South Africa after the tour, and served under Colonel Plummer in the Second Boer War, rising to the rank of Lieutenant at the time of his death in action in Ramathlabama, South Africa, at the age of 30. A memorial window to him, as well as a memorial brass, were dedicated to him in St Mark's church, Low Moor (which is now a private house). There is a memorial sundial to Frank Milligan in the rose garden of Harold Park, Bradford, West Yorkshire." link

Harold Park is a public park so named to perpetuate the memory of Harold Gathorne Hardy, who was a distinguished member of the Hardy family, connected with the founding and success of the nearby Low Moor Ironworks. He died in 1881, aged 32.

The Memorial Sundial
The memorial originally stood near the Cemetery Road entrance gates but currently stands in the rose garden near Park Road. In the last few years the Friends of Harold Park have held a short service at the memorial on Remembrance Sunday. The front face of the memorial has a bronze tablet with the following inscription.

TO THE MEMORY OF
LIEUTENANT
FRANK W MILLIGAN
OF ROYDS HALL AND A
MEMBER OF THE YORK
SHIRE COUNTY CRICKET XI
HE FELL BRAVELY DEFENDING
THE POSITION ASSIGNED
TO HIM WHILST SERVING
UNDER COL PLUMER WITH
THE RHODESIAN FRONTIER
FORCE IN THE ATTEMPTED
RELIEF OF MAFEKING S.A.
31 MARCH 1900
THIS MEMORIAL WAS
ERECTED BY PUBLIC
SUBSCRIPTION IN ADDITION
TO THE ENDOWMENT OF
THE FRANK W MILLIGAN
COTS IN THE BRADFORD
CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

Source: www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WMV0WK_Lieut...Milligan_Low_Moor_UK
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A hundred and sixty quid almost four and half decades ago, wow, I wonder where it is now?


djb wrote: QSA (2) Relief of Mafeking Rhodesia (Lieut F W Milligan, Rhodesia Regiment))

Killed in action at Ramathlabama, near Mafeking, March 31st 1900. He was educated at Eton (Mr. Coles), and was a famous Yorkshire cricketer. He formed one of a relieving force, under Col. Plummer. endeavouring to reach Mafeking, but, being fiercely attacked by the Boers on the date mentioned, they were compelled to retreat. Lieut. Milligan and Capt. Crew-Robertson were killed.

A brass tablet has been placed in Lowmoor Church, Yorkshire, in memory of Lieut. Milligan.

Langridge February 1976 £160

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CGHGSM (1) Bechuanaland (Pte. W. H. Waller. C. T. Highdrs.);
QSA (1) Rhodesia (357 Tpr: W. H. Waller. Rhodesia Regt.)

Approximately 111 Cape of Good Hope General Service medals with clasp Bechuanaland awarded to the Cape Town Highlanders.
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Ramathlabama near Mafeking, 31 March 1900

“On the 31st he (Plumer) was within six miles of Mafeking but was driven back again to Ramathlabama by a large force of Boers of the Rustenburg and Marico commandos, reinforced by some Boers from Fourteen Streams. His casualties were eight killed, twenty-nine wounded (including himself), and eleven prisoners.”
Times History, Vol IV, p207.

QSA (3) Rhod, RoM, Tvl (224 Tpr. A.C. McIntyre. Rhodesia Regt.)
Regimental number officially corrected.

Trooper Angus Cameron McIntyre enlisted in the Rhodesia Regiment on 5 September 1899, serving in “C” Squadron. He was wounded during Plumer’s retreat on 31 March 1900 and discharged on 20 October 1900.
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Elands River siege, 4 – 16 August 1900

The Siege of Elands River began on 4 August 1900 when over 2500 Boers under General Koos de la Rey surrounded the camp. The Boers had five modern artillery pieces as well as three 1pdr pom-poms and two Maxim machine guns. The men within the compound numbered about 500 there being almost 300 Australians, 200 Rhodesians, a few British and Canadians and some civilians and native porters all under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Hore. Their only heavy weapons were two machine guns and an old muzzle loading 7pdr gun. The camp was a supply depot which held supplies estimated at around £100000, including 1500 head of livestock and horses, making it an appealing target for the Boer forces. With little warning, the defenders began construction of defensive trenches far from the camp. A hospital was constructed out of biscuit boxes and a Red Cross flag raised over it. At the time of the initial attack the trenches did not provide adequate protection and the men had to shelter behind rocks piled up into a defensive wall. The Boers began the attack with an artillery and pom-pom gun barrage. At an early stage an Australian, Trooper John Waddell, was hit by a pom-pom shell and died within a few minutes. A couple of minutes later James Duff, another Australian, also receiving a pom-pom shell to the chest and was killed instantly.

During that first day, the Boers fired an estimated 1700 shells into the besieged camp and killed five men: two Australians, two Rhodesians and a native worker. Most of the 1500 animals were either killed or wounded by the shells. Little could be done for wounded animals as men assisting them were targets for Boer snipers. On the second day, a relief force under Maj-Gen Frederick Carrington was seen in the distance and much of the Boer force was moved to meet this new threat and Carrington’s column fell back after a brief skirmish with the Boers. Carrington mistakenly told his superior Lord Roberts that the camp had fallen and as a result a second larger relief force under Baden-Powell turned away from the camp.

On the 8th General de la Rey sent an offer of honourable surrender to the besieged. This offer was dismissed out of hand by the Rhodesian Captain Butters who was first to receive the message. Also, on the 8th a shell hit the hospital. On the 13th a runner reached the British with a message that proved that the camp was still holding out. Upon hearing the news General Kitchener, without waiting for orders, immediately moved two brigades to go the relief of the camp. They arrived on the 16th to break the siege. Captain Albert Duka, a doctor from Queensland who had treated all of the wounded, listed 73 casualties, including 16 killed: 8 were Australian, 4 were Rhodesian and 4 were natives.

QSA (3) Rhod, RoM, Tvl (33 Tpr. J. Wares. Rhodesia Regt.)

James Wares enlisted in the Mashonaland Squadron of the Rhodesia Regiment on 18 February 1900.

He was wounded on the second day of the Elandsriver Siege and died on 7 August.
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