From: Michael Purcell
Boer War News 1900 William
24th February 1900.
LATEST WAR NEWS.
Received Carlow, 10.56 a.m.
Relief of Kimberly.
Message from Lord Roberts.
"General French, with horse artillery,
cavalry, and mounted infantry,reached Kimberly this evening,
Received Carlow, 5.45 p.m.
Great jubilation in London over General
French's brilliant exploit"
The sad news from the seat of war of the
death from wounds of Second-Lieut. Hon. W. M'Clintock
Bunbury, eldest son of Lord Rathdonnell, was received with
profound regret by all classes in Carlow, his native county,
on Tuesday last.
As a mark of respect to his memory Mr
Robert Watson, Master Fox Hounds, who was hunting when the
intelligence reached him, drew the pack off, and at once
intimated that the Carlow and Island Hounds would not meet
War News 1900 John Eustace.
Death of Mr John Eustace, South African
We deeply regret to announce the death of
Mr John Spottiswoode Eustace, second son of James Eustace,
Esquire, of Newstown, Carlow.
When war broke out in South Africa, Mr
Eustace did not wait his country's call, but immediately on
commencement of hostilities he joined the South African
Light Horse Volunteers, in which splendid corps of
irregulars, his fine horsemanship, soldierly and manly
bearing and behaviour was soon conspicuous, and he was
promoted to the rank of Sergeant, no slight honour where all
are so good.
Those of his friends at home who watched
the doings of his regiment must have noticed how frequently
he was in action, and on January 19th, he was killed at his
post doing his duty.
How noble a death is this!
Carlow Officers 1900, Boer War.
10th February 1900.
THE CARLOW ROLL OF HONOUR.
The undermentioned officers, most of whom
are followers of the Carlow and Island Hounds, are now in
active service in South Africa, or are on their way:-
Col. Alex Rochfort, R.H.A.
Major B. Lecky, R.H.A.
Major B. Burton, R.H.A., already
mentioned with dispatches with General French.
Mr T. Archdale, R.H.A.
Captain Robert Browne-Clayton, 5th
Captain D.O. Eustace, 5th Dragoon Guards,
Mr John Eustace, South African Light
Horse, killed while on patrol.
Mr C. R. Eustace, Bethune's Mounted
Mr R, Rawson, Gloucester Regiment,
Mr Jno Duckett, 9th Lancers, Modder River
Honourable William Bunbury, Scots' Greys,
Capt. Fishbourne, 5th Fusiliers, wounded
(invalided home to Carlow).
Mr G. Brooke, Connaught Rangers, wounded,
Capt. A. Beresford, R.F.A. (commanding a
squadron of the South African Light Horse).
Capt. U. Vigors, Devons, wounded Natal.
Mr Percy Vigors, Connaught Rangers.
Mr Urban Vigors, 18th Royal Irish.
Capt. F. Henley, Oxfordshire Light
Mr G. Bayley, Oxfordshire Light Infantry.
Mr G M'Clintock, 5th Lancers, Natal.
Mr J. M'Clintock, 18th Hussars, Natal.
Major Sir Anthony A. Weldon, Railway
Staff Officer, Pietermaritzburg.
Mr Bertram Weldon, 1st Leinsters
Mr Walter Alexander, special service.
Dr W. Crosthwait, A.M.D.
In addition to the foregoing, the
following volunteers are about to proceed to the front:-
Mr D.J. Ross, C. Bagenal, H. Butler, G.
Turner, and Mr Robert O'Callaghan, F.R.C.S., late
Surgeon of the County Carlow Infirmary, as
Surgeon-in-charge of a field hospital Corps.
Mr W. Duckett-Steuart sailed on the 31st
January as a volunteer in the Loyal Suffolk Hussars.
[Transcribed by Michael Purcell, April 2013, all the
following were from Carlow.]
From: Michael Purcell <email@example.com>
1900, William Bunbury Boer War.
[transcribed by Michael Purcell, May
2013 - Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori
= How sweet and right it is to die for one's country.
Custos Rotulorum = Keeper of the Rolls.]
24th February 1900.
Death of the Hon. William
The news flashed by wire on Tuesday of
the relief of Kimberley was saddened by a wire that followed
soon after announcing that a gallant young officer, the Hon
William McClintock Bunbury, had died from wounds received in
the engagement, when in the forefront of the battle with his
renowned Regiment, the Scots' Greys, in which he held the
rank of Second Lieutenant.
With profound sorrow the mournful
intelligence was received throughout the length and breadth
of this his native county, with which his family have been
intimately and honourably associated for centuries, and in
which his early boyhood days were spent.
He was eldest son of the Right Hon.
Lord Rathdonnell, Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of
County Carlow, and grandson of the Right Hon. Henry Bruen
He was born at Lisnevagh on the 15th
September, 1878, and consequently was only in his twenty
second year -- full of health and life and promise, when he
fell at the post of duty, bravely fighting for Queen and
country, and leaving behind an unsullied and imperishable
name and fame.
In this their great hour of trial his
bereaved parents and relatives will find some consolation in
the knowledge that, with many other brave comrades in arms,
he shared a soldier's fate and fell gallantly leading on his
men to victory.
If deep and widespread sympathy can do
aught to assuage their grief it is sincerely offered by very
many who share their sorrow and deplore their loss.
One who knew him from boyhood, and
mourns his death, writes :- He trod in the footsteps of his
father all through his short life.
At an early age he went to Eton, where
in a short time he showed his love for the river and became
a "Wet Bob," and soon after was recognised as a very fine
He won many cups and sweepstakes ( as
his father did before him ) on the river, and ended up his
Eton career by rowing "stroke" in the Eton eight when they
won the Ladies' Cup at Henley regatta, in 1898, thereby
gaining the highest summit of ambition that can be attained
by an Eton "Wet Bob".
From the Eton "Army Class" he passed
almost direct for the Army, which shows that he did not
devote all his time to the "river".
He was gazetted to a commission in the
Scots' Greys ( the Regiment in which his father and his late
uncle, "Jack Bunbury," served for many years ), on January
During the short time that "Billy"
Bunbury served with his Regiment none amongst the subalterns
of this crack corps was more universally popular.
He was a keen sportsman, alike in the
saddle as in the Eton "eight," and showed his prowess in the
former by steering his own horse second in the Regimental
Cup at the "Greys" race last October.
"Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori"
The Hon. Thomas Leopold McClintock
Bunbury, born 1881, now becomes heir to the peerage - which
is an Irish one -- Lord Rathdonnell sitting in the House of
Lords as a representative Peer.
Death of Richard Ebenezer
We deeply regret to announce the death,
after a short illness, of Richard Ebenezer Shackleton,
Esquire, at Belan Lodge, County Kildare, which occurred on
Thursday last. He was a Science Scholar and Gold Medallist,
T.C.D., and also had the honour of being one of the Vice
Presidents of the British and Irish Millers' Association.
His family were closely associated with the Barrow Mills in
Carlow. Interment in family burial ground, at Timolin.
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