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2nd. Boer War

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Memorial, Whitburn Parish Church

John Collinson Harrison

The 2nd. Boer War was fought 1899-1902 between troops of the British Empire and Boer soldiers of Dutch descent fighting for independence in the Orange Free State and Transvaal. It was also known as the South African War, the resulting peace eventually led to limited autonomy and the formation of the Union of South Africa.

John Collinson Harrison was a guardsman, a Lieutenant in the Royal Scots Greys when he died of his wounds near Belfast, Transvaal in 1900 at the age of 31 years, he was buried in Pretoria, South Africa. His father, sisters, and brother paid for this magnificent memorial mounted in Whitburn Parish Church near South Shields, it was made by stonemasons of the Gaffin company in Regent Street, London. It’s craftsmanship is quite superb, and perhaps these days if one of our fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan was to have such a memorial it could only be afforded by a very rich family, or huge public subscriptions.

Camera details; Pentax K100D, 57mm lens, 1/20 second, f4.5, iso 800


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Written by curly

September 25, 2008 at 12:01 am

Posted in Artworks, Churches, Colour, History, Whitburn

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  1. Was John Collinson Harrison killed in the battle of Dalmanutha, near Belfast, in late August 1900? Do you have any information about the circumstances of his death? I have been researching and writing about the Boer War.


    November 1, 2008 at 11:38 pm

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