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4898 T Whitehead - Leicester Regt. KIA Ladysmith 21/2/1900 1 year 3 months ago #88945

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This fellow was awarded a QSA with clasps Talana and DoL. I would like members assistance in determining how he was KIA on 21 February 1900 - I am unaware of any attack from within Ladysmith by Sir George White on that date, a mere 9 days before the siege was lifted.

Was Whitehead the victim of a Long Tom shell? How else could he have died in action?



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4898 T Whitehead - Leicester Regt. KIA Ladysmith 21/2/1900 1 year 3 months ago #88946

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4898 T Whitehead - Leicester Regt. KIA Ladysmith 21/2/1900 1 year 3 months ago #88950

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Hi Rory

Nothing specific regarding any actions pertaining to the Leicesters on the 21st February 1900. Maybe a archive local newspaper may hold the key? Around that date it was kicking off at Tugela Heights. Your artillery theory may indeed be the reason, as sporadic shelling from the Boer artillery into Ladysmith was still ongoing. I had a look at the casualty list and on the same day (Wednesday 21st February 1900 ) 3702 Private Robert John Dix was severely wounded and later died, also a 3376 Private E Evans was wounded and later Invalided home, all 1st Battalion Leicesters .The roll of honour for Thomas Whitehead mentions his demise as occurring during PM on the 21st February.
Hopefully the forum newspaper experts may find a snippet of information as to what may have happened on that day?









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4898 T Whitehead - Leicester Regt. KIA Ladysmith 21/2/1900 1 year 3 months ago #88951

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Papers are available, mentions his death, alas not how it happened.
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4898 T Whitehead - Leicester Regt. KIA Ladysmith 21/2/1900 1 year 3 months ago #88953

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Hello Rory,

This does not specifically mention the Leicester Regt but your chap was probably one of the casualties here on that day.



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4898 T Whitehead - Leicester Regt. KIA Ladysmith 21/2/1900 1 year 3 months ago #88954

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Wasn't that in the Relief Adrian? My fellow was in the Defence.

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