Lance Corporal Frank Mortimer 3242 1st Bn

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Lance Corporal Frank Mortimer 3242 1st Bn

Postby mrdeacon » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:52 pm

Was wondering if anyone can help me with this chap please.


Name: F Mortimer
Casualty Type: Died
Casualty Date: 27 Feb 1900
Casualty Place: P M Burg
Rank: Lance Corporal
Force: Natal Field Force
Regiment: Border Regiment
Battalion: 1st
Number: 3242

I have been researching a web site on Cockermouth cemetery and have found this chap.
I no nothing about the Boer war so was wondering if anyone could help.

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Re: Lance Corporal Frank Mortimer 3242 1st Bn

Postby plbramham » Sun Jan 13, 2013 11:10 pm

Hi Mike,
A really good website for all matters relating to the Boer War is: http://www.angloboerwar.com
You could also try: http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Databases ... index.html
Or there is a book “South African War Casualty Roll: Natal Field Force, 20 Oct.1899-26 Oct.1900” which I think is out of print but you may be able to get from Amazon, or at least this should give you the ISBN number: http://www.amazon.co.uk/South-African-W ... 0903754959
Hope this helps , but I think Scottie is your man for the Boer War,
Cheers Paul.
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Re: Lance Corporal Frank Mortimer 3242 1st Bn

Postby CockneyTone » Mon Jan 14, 2013 1:04 am

Mike,

I have the Natal Field Force Casualties list that Paul mentions and In Memoriam, the Roll of Honour by Steve Watt, they show that this chap sadly died of Dysentery and was interred at Fort Napier in Pietermaritzburg in South Africa. It shows a grave reference there for him so I will ask one of my South African contacts if they can try and get a photo of his grave/cross when they are next in the area.it shows his religion as Church of England,

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Re: Lance Corporal Frank Mortimer 3242 1st Bn

Postby plbramham » Mon Jan 14, 2013 9:24 am

Incidentally, this link will take you straight to The Border Regiment pages of The Anglo Boer War site:
http://www.angloboerwar.com/unit-inform ... r-regiment

It lists your man as:

"Mortimer F 3242 L Corporal 1st Btn. Died of dysentery at Pietermaritzburg. 27 Feb 1900.
Source: Natal Field Force Casualty Roll, page 124 line 18"

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Re: Lance Corporal Frank Mortimer 3242 1st Bn

Postby plbramham » Mon Jan 14, 2013 10:44 am

Mortimer's entry on the Queen's South Africa Medal roll ( Obviously he did not live to qualify for the King's medal) Paul
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Re: Lance Corporal Frank Mortimer 3242 1st Bn

Postby mrdeacon » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:27 pm

Thanks Paul and Scottie this is brilliant cheers guys.
I have searched Frank on Ancestry but so far i am unable to find him, on the headstone Frank is remembered with his uncle Henry Howard who died in Cockermouth and he died May 4th 1900. So in my thought Frank isn't from Cockermouth ?
Another million dollar question how can i find anything else on him his birth his age of death or where he was born.

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Re: Lance Corporal Frank Mortimer 3242 1st Bn

Postby mrdeacon » Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:43 pm

Have just found this in the 1891 Census Henry and his wife are living with a niece Mildred Mortimer must be Frank's sister, have got something to start now.
Can anyone work out what it says on Henry's job discription there is definately Border Reg. at the end.

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Re: Lance Corporal Frank Mortimer 3242 1st Bn

Postby plbramham » Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:57 pm

I'm reading Henry Howard's occupation as:
"Sergt. (Sergeant), something,1st, something , Btn. ( battalion) Border Regt."
Why don't you try 1881 census to see if Howard is in barracks somewhere ( in 1881 the 1st Btn were in Agra,India, and 2nd Btn I think in Dublin - they certainly were by 1882).
I guess to be a Sergeant( I guess it would be Serjeant with a "J" then) in 1891 he may have been a Private in 1881 - actually the year when the Border Regt was formed! (Perhaps he may have originally been a 34th or 55th Regiment soldier? ) Paul

P.S. Just an idea , why not try looking for Frank Howard instead of Frank Mortimer on census & civilian records. Only a hunch but maybe he used an alias (mother's maiden name?) for some reason (illegitimate or underage?)
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Re: Lance Corporal Frank Mortimer 3242 1st Bn

Postby mrdeacon » Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:18 pm

Hi Paul no look on Howard in 1881, but i believe i may have found Frank living in London ?

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Re: Lance Corporal Frank Mortimer 3242 1st Bn

Postby mrdeacon » Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:45 pm

Here is what is left of Frank's remeberence headstone from Cockermouth cemetery.
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