fought in the Boer War hence his nickname "Dutch" Walker. He was born in
1881 and grew up in Bridwell Lane and died at his home on Pollerton Road
in December 1960. He was the father of Tom "Drakes" Walker. There was
also a "Smuts" Deegan and "Buller" Moore. Buller's grand son Tim lives
on Pollerton Road, I think Mr. Deegan lived in St Mary's Park or
Submitted by P Walker c2007.
2nd Lieutenant (1878 - 1900)
2nd Lieutenant the Hon. William McClintock Bunbury was
born at Lisnavagh in 1878, the eldest son of Thomas Kane (Tom)
McClintock Bunbury, 2nd Baron Rathdonnell, and his wife, Lady Katherine
Anne (Kitty) Rathdonnell. Billy was educated at the Dragon School in
Oxford and Eton College where, like his father before him, he captained
the rowing team. He joined the Scots Greys shortly after leaving school
and was with that regiment when it was posted to South Africa to deal
with the escalating tensions between the British army and the Boers of
the Transvaal and Orange Free States.
Billy's Boer War Letters - 9th December 1899 - 12th February 1900
Submitted by M Purcell & Turtle
6569 Private Edward Nolan
this link to read Edward Nolan's account).
after the battle of Colenso
Sir Richard Pierce Butler
Sir Richard Pierce Butler, 11th Bt. was born on 28 September 1872. He
was the son of Sir Thomas Pierce Butler, 10th Bt. and Hester Elizabeth
Bellingham. He married Alice Dudley Leigh, daughter of Very Rev. Hon.
James Wentworth Leigh and Frances Butler, on 2 June 1906. He died on 25
March 1955 at age 82. Sir Richard Pierce Butler, 11th Bt. was educated
at Harrow School, Harrow on the Hill, London, England. He was educated
at Downton Agricultural College. He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant
(D.L.) of County Carlow. He gained the rank of Captain in the service of
the 8th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. He fought in the Boer
War. He held the office of High Sheriff of County Carlow in 1905. He
succeeded to the title of 11th Baronet Butler, of Cloughgrenan,
Co. Carlow [I., 1628] on 8 March 1909. He fought in the First World
War in 1914, where he was mentioned in despatches twice. He gained the
rank of Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel in the service of the Remount
Service. He gained the rank of Honorary Major in the service of
the 8th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. He was invested as a
Officer, Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) in 1919. "D" company of the 2nd Battalion. Royal Dublin Fusiliers.
Trooper E.R. Eustace
||1st name / initials
||Next of kin
||Mr J Eustace Tallow, Co Carlow, Ireland
||Dis, Time Expired
This information was taken from the nominal roll of the Bethune's
Mounted Infantry, a colonial unit of the Boer War of 1899-1902. The
index was compiled from WO 127 at the National Archives, Kew by Ted
Bethune's Mounted Infantry
Lt-Col E. C. Bethune, commanding
Bethune's Mounted Infantry. Bethune
was an unusual cavalryman having lost
his right hand earlier in pre-war India.
(From Robinson's Celebrities of
the Army, 1900).
An irregular British South African Unit. Victorians, unable
to enlist in any of the official
Victorian Contingents, rushed to South Africa to join any
unit they could find. There were
many. Bethune's was one such unit. It included Irish,
Americans, Scandinavians and Australians.
Served in the Boer War. He was from Carlow. It is said that he took
part in a ? military propaganda film during the Boer war where he "wore
a bandage and used crutches to limp across a field. Part of the "fee"
for doing this was a "slap up meal".
Notes on John Moran:
This picture was taken in Ludgate Hill,
London EC., in uniform of
the 3 Dragoon Guards.
He served in the British Army during the
second Boer War which was during 1899-1902 in the 3 Dragoon
Guards, and was stationed at Canterbury, Kent in England
around about the 1880's After completing his service in the
army he returned to Carlow where he married twice. His
second wife (name unknown) died as she stepped outside the
back door of their house in Sleaty.
Source: M. Brennan (John
Moran was my Grandmothers uncle)
Sabina Farley - Nurse - Princess Christian Army.
I have a female ancestor who
indirectly is connected with Carlow and the Boer War. My
g-grandmother Jane Lemon was born in Carlow, the daughter of
John Lemon (jeweller) and Elizabeth Adams. She in turn
married a Charles Thomas Farley (photographer) in Carlow and
they moved to Drogheda. One of their children, a daughter
Sabina born June 26th 1871 grew up became a nurse (being
influenced by Florence Nightingale) and joined the Princess
Christian Army Nursing Reserve #358 and on June 2nd 1900 was
one of 14 nurses sent to the Princess Christian Army
Hospital at Pinetown, Natal, SE Africa After the war she was
awarded the Silver Badge of Courage and the South African
Medal. She continued in military Nursing and was sent to
Flanders at a front lines hospital in WW1 and was ultimately
gassed by Phosgene Gas. She was sent to Adelaide Hospital in
Dublin to recuperate. On Oct. 24, 1917 she was awarded the
Red Cross for Valor by King George V at Buckingham Palace.
She was appointed as Matron of the Army Hospital at Fermoy
but she never recovered fully from the gassing and died
there on January 1918 and was given a full military Funeral.
She is buried at Mt. Jerome Cemetery in Dublin. I know she
doesn't qualify as a "Carlow" Boer War participant but I
thought her story might be of interest anyway. I am
attaching two pictures of her. One in the infirmary with
some of the patients and the other a group picture of her
and a group of soldiers and officers she worked with.
for all you do in preserving info for us on the internet
Michelle Wilson Vermont USA
William Albert Vickerman
Orange River Scouts
- William Albert Vickerman
- Reg. no. 169 (42102)
- Religion: R C, Age: 20, Nationality: Irish,
- Previous service: P W L H 6 m Len H for 3 months
- Height: 5 ft 4, Weight: 140 lbs, Chest: 34
- Complexion: Medium, Eyes: Grey, Hair: Brown,
Scar on left f arm
- Enlisted: 10 Apr 1902 Green Point
- Born: Carlow Ireland 3 Aug 1883
- Father: Mr WA Vickerman, Classenbosh,
Constantia, Cape Town
- Rank: Trooper
- Discharged on disbandment of regiment 30 Jun
1902 after 2 mths 21 days
- Character: Good
- Address after discharge: As above.