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The Boer War

Boer War News 1900

To the men & women of Carlow County who fought in this war!

From: Michael Purcell

Boer War News 1900 William Bunbury.

Carlow Sentinel.

24th February 1900.


Friday's Telegrams.

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, Thursday."

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 this week. 

War News 1900 John Eustace.

Carlow Sentinel.

Feb. 1900.


Death of Mr John Eustace, South African Light Horse.

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.

Carlow Sentinel.

10th February 1900.

Boer War.


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 Lancers, Ladysmith.
Captain D.O. Eustace, 5th Dragoon Guards, Ladysmith.
Mr John Eustace, South African Light Horse, killed while on patrol.
Mr C. R. Eustace, Bethune's Mounted Infantry.
Mr R, Rawson, Gloucester Regiment, Ladysmith.
Mr Jno Duckett, 9th Lancers, Modder River
Honourable William Bunbury, Scots' Greys, Natal.
Capt. Fishbourne, 5th Fusiliers, wounded (invalided home to Carlow).
Mr G. Brooke, Connaught Rangers, wounded, Natal.
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 Infantry.
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 (wounded).
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 <>

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.]

Carlow Sentinel.

24th February 1900.

Death of the Hon. William McClintock Bunbury.

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 P.C.

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 oar.

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 4th, 1899.

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 Shackleton, Esquire.

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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