A Poppy
A Poppy

Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Ryde -
- South African War Memorial -

Location

At the Town Hall, Lind Street, Ryde, Isle of Wight
 
See map on www.streetmap.co.uk
 
IWM War Memorials Archive Record

Link : War Memorials Archive Reference 40852
 
Historic England Listing Status

Ryde Town Hall is Listed Grade II. Since the War Memorials form an integral part of the building it is assumed they are covered by the Listing.
 
Description

A brass plaque naming volunteers from the Ryde area who served in the South African wars.



Isle of Wight County Press, 3 August 1901
Memorial

Ryde South African War memorial
 
Inscription


B0ROUGH OF RYDE
1901
ERECTED BY THE BURGESSES OF RYDE TO COMMEMORATE
THE LOYAL AND DISTINGUISHED SERVICES RENDERED BY
VOLUNTEERS FROM RYDE AND NEIGHBOURHOOD DURING THE
WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA 1899 1900 1901
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names as given below
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MICHAEL MAYBRICK, MAYOR
THIS TABLET WAS UNVEILED ON NOV 18 1901 BY
HRH PRINCESS HENRY BATTENBERG, GOVERNOR OF THE ISLE OF WIGHT


 

Further Information

RankNameUnit
CAPT J E B SEELY 4TH IY, DSO John Edward Bernard (Jack) Seely
SERGT MAJOR J W F WEEKS SALH James William Fairall Weeks
COL SERGT W E WEEKS 5TH IWVB William Edgar Weeks
SERGT S W CAWS PH Stanley Winter Caws
SERGT A DRAKE 41ST CO IY Alfred Drake
SERGT G H R HURST TMI George Henry R Hurst : Biographical details
SERGT R D C MCLEOD " " " Raoul Donald Cameron McLeod
SERGT A R T RICHARDS 41ST CO IY Anthony Reynelt T Richards
SERGT G T RICHARDSON 1ST MRV George Thomas Richardson
CORPL C A POOLE 5TH IWVB Charles Arthur Poole
L CORPL O F MEW " " " " Oliver Frank Mew
L CORPL M J OSBORNE " " " " Malcolm James Osborne
L CORPL E WHITE " " " "
TR G BARROW 41ST COY IY Gore Barrow
TR H S BLACKMORE " " " Harold Senior Blackmore
TR J W H DYER " " "
SAPPERC A G FAIRALL 24TH HPOV Charles Allan George Fairall
TR D BOX50TH CO IY
TR H J FULLER 41ST CO IY
TR C L HACKET " " "
TR H R HILLIER " " "
TR W H KEENAN " " " William Henry Keenan
TR H MURSELL " " "
TR G H REEVES " " "
TR F J RUSSELL " " " Frederick James Russell
TR H SMITH " " "
TR W D TUCKER " " "
PTE C A HARVEY 3RD VB HANTS
TR W S SMITH SAC
TR G C STAINER SALH [Wilfred] George Comden Stainer
TR A J TURNER KLH
TR W WOODS ILH Wallace Woods

Unit abbreviations :

IY Imperial Yeomanry
SALH South African Light Horse
IWVB Isle of Wight Volunteer Brigade
PH Paget's Horse (Imperial Yeomanry)
TMI Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry
MRV Middlesex Rifle Volunteers
HPOV H P Own Volunteers
VB HANTS Volunteer Brigade, Hampshire
SAC South African Constabulary
KLH Kimberley Light Horse

The names on the memorial represent just a fraction of the Isle of Wight men who volunteered.

Of those named on the Ryde memorial, Trooper W H Keenan was killed by Boers after the Senekal action, and Sergeant S W Caws went on to serve in the Great War, being killed while serving with the Royal Flying Corps. He has a memorial plaque at St Helen's Church in St Helens.

Major J.E.B. Seely's son Frank Reginald Seely was killed in 1917, as was his nephew Charles Grant Seely. Another nephew, Nigel Richard William Seely died in World War II.
 

 
J E B Seely (during the Great War)
J E B Seely
during the Great War


 
 

 
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