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Cradley Boer War grave story soldier died of pyaemia

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

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RE the story of the Boer War grave of Grenadier W Harrison found in the overgrown churchyard at St Peter's Church, Colley Gate, Cradley, in The Bugle ((January 30 edition).

According to my Boer War records Grenadier William Harrison died of the disease pyaemia on December 9, 1902, and he was interred in the Church of England plot in the Pretoria churchyard. His name is on the Grenadier memorial there, I do not think he is buried at the cemetery in Cradley, I think it is just a memorial marker, as to bring him home from South Africa would have been very expensive for the family of an ordinary Grenadier.

This is all the information that I have at my disposal for this soldier, I am afraid. I lived in South Africa for 27 years and I have visited, just about all of the Boer War battlefields and memorials and if I was still living there, it would have been so easy for me to find out exactly, where William is resting. It would have given me great pleasure to do so, as there is something quite wonderful to search, research and find a lost soldier. Sorry I could not have been any more help.

Stephen Malpass,


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