Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

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Re: Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

Postby plbramham » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:45 am

Scottie, Had you remembered that Capt Vaughan is mentioned in one of your old postings? :

My Grandfathers War. The Armoured Train incident at Estcourt!
“The Border’s set about reinforcing Escourt, with Ladysmith besieged the Boers were expected to attack at any moment! However the days dragged on and strangely there was no sight or sound of them! At this stage an armoured train arrived on the scene and it was rather rashly sent out daily to reconnoitre towards the town of Colenso which now lay in ‘Boer occupied country’! The Border Regiment took it in turns with the Dublin Fusiliers to provide troops to ride on the train as an escort! On the 14th November 1899 it was the turn of ‘H’ Company of the Border’s under Captain Vaughan. He proceeded very slowly and with extreme caution, on reaching Frere he sensibly dropped off a small covering party of men to protect his withdrawal, As they approached Chievely they came under sniper fire, which they hastily returned. Vaughan immediately halted the train and was astonished to see a party of 200+ mounted Boers galloping in the distance, apparently intending to cut of his retreat! He wasted no time and ordered an immediate withdrawal at full speed, only stopping to pick up his covering party at Frere! Thankfully they returned to Escourt with no injuries”

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Re: Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

Postby CockneyTone » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:36 am

Paul,

thanks for reminding me of Vaughan's part in this incident, it had completly slipped my mind!

The amazing thing with this incident is despite coming under fire and having a bit of a close shave with the Boers the train was sent out again the very next day and soon came to grief, part of it becoming derailed and one of its occupants Winston Churchill was captured!

Thanks for the memory jog!
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Re: Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

Postby CockneyTone » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:38 am

On reflection how rather ironic that poor old Vaughan should eventually lose his life in Gallipoli, the apparent brain child of Winston Churchill!

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Re: Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

Postby CockneyTone » Mon Jan 21, 2013 1:19 pm

Paul,

I have also overlooked that I posted a picture of Vaughan's gravestone elsewhere on the Forum! (Old age getting to me!)
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Re: Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

Postby plbramham » Mon Jan 21, 2013 4:33 pm

CockneyTone wrote:Paul, I have also overlooked that I posted a picture of Vaughan's gravestone elsewhere on the Forum! (Old age getting to me!) Kind regards, Scottie.


Found it! For anyone else who is interested there is quite a bit on this page of old postings by Scottie:

viewtopic.php?f=31&t=802&hilit=vaughan

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Re: Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

Postby CockneyTone » Mon Jan 21, 2013 6:23 pm

Thanks for the link Paul!
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Re: Wounded Border Regiment officers at Spion Kop photo

Postby hussar1000 » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:11 am

If memory serves me correctly, Capt Andrews appears on a memorial in Dorchester, Dorset.
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