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ST. AUSTELL PARISH
GENEALOGY

St. AUSTELL PEOPLE and the BOER WAR
Cornishmen serving in the South African War
1880 to 1881, and 1899 to 1902

based on transcriptions by

Malcolm Webster, 2009-11

If you locate a relative, be sure to contact Malcolm, as he has copies of original documents available for free.
J. Mosman, OPC - St. Austell History & Genealogy website

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RAILWAY PIONEER REGIMENT ,

2nd Boer War, 1899 - 1902*

 

Surname First_Name
Regmt
Next of Kin: N_O_K NoK NoK Road NoK Town/City:
. .
Number
. Relationship House/Flat Name .
Berryman John
3304
Mrs J. Beryman na . . St. Columb
Blewitt Gervase George
462
Mrs Jane Blainey Blewitt Mother . Edgecombe St. Blazey Gate
Bullen Richard Francis
1515
Mrs Francis Annie Bullen
Wife . . St. Dennis, St. Austell
Clemence Edward
1517
Mrs M.A. Clemence Mother . Sticker, St. Austell
Clemence Edward
3197
Mrs M.A. Clemence Mother . Sticker, St. Austell
Clemence Peter
3196
Mrs. M.A. Clemence Mother . Sticker, St. Austell
Clemence Peter
1518
Mrs. M.A. Clemence Mother . Sticker, St. Austell
Clemes John
3109
Mrs G. Clemes Mother . . Holmbush, nr Par Station
Dingle William
1492
Mrs. E. Dingle Mother . . Carthew, near St. Austell
Job Almond
1226
Mrs. Almond Job Wife . St. Blazey Gate, Par Station
Jones Thomas
3110
Mrs. E. Jones Mother Watersing Hill, . St. Austell
Julyan James
1552
E. Julyan Wife Ludgvan, . Roche
May William
1522
Miss L. May Daughter . . Polgooth, near St. Austell
Nettle Matthew
1408
Mrs A.M. Nettle Mother . Harbour View, Fowey
Nettle William Edwin
1156
Mrs A.M. Nettle Mother 5, Harbour View, Fowey
Oliver George
1514
S.R.F Oliver Daughter Rosavilla, St. Stephen’s, Grampound Road, near Truro
Oliver Henry
1512
Mrs. E. J. Oliver Wife . Coyter, St. Austell
Pearce William Joseph
1017
Henry Pearce Father . . St. Austell
Roberts Edwin
627
Mrs. Frances Roberts Wife . . Mevagissey
Rowe Benjamin Henry
840
Benjamin Rowe Father . . St. Blazey Gate
Trudgeon George
1490
Mrs. Eliz A. Trudgeon Mother Parish, St. Dennis, St. Austell
Waters James Opic
359
Mrs. Harriet A Waters Wife . . St. Blazey Gate
Wedlock James Bennetts
842
Mrs. Emily Wedlock Wife . Charlestown, St. Austell
Yelland Henry
1502
W. H. Yellard Father . . Treviscoe, near St. Austell
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*To quote the Anglo-Boer War website, recruitment commenced about 18th December 1899 at Cape Town; "the first regiment was organised, its work being to assist in protecting the railways and to repair bridges, culverts, and lines when broken. Without outside assistance the corps of Royal Engineers could not have faced the enormous amount of work naturally falling to their department. From the Railway Pioneer Regiment they received very valuable help. Of such value was the work of the Railway Pioneer Regiment that before the close of the war a fourth battalion had been organised. The battalions were employed chiefly on the Cape-Pretoria railway, but they were also on the Krugersdorp line, and sometimes operated as a fighting force a considerable distance from railways. The regiment also did admirable service on the armoured trains which did so much to make railway traffic possible during the guerilla stages."

In his evidence before the War Commission, vol i p 445, Lord Roberts said: "An enormous amount of reconstruction was carried out by the Railway Pioneer Regiment and the Railway Companies Royal Engineers. The Pioneer Regiment consisted almost entirely of civilian refugees, mostly mechanics from Johannesburg, and it rendered excellent service. To its aid and that of the Royal Engineer officers and men we were indebted for the fact that the railways very seldom lost touch with the fighting portion of the army, and that we were able to seize Johannesburg and Pretoria, distant about 1000 miles from our base upon the coast, and 260 miles from Bloemfontein, our advanced depot, with such rapidity that the enemy were unable to concentrate their resources and offer a strongly organised resistance".

Malcolm is working to transcribe all the Regiments involved with this action. (please see Sample Attestation form)

To see actual images of attestation forms, please follow this link, which will take you from this site: http://www.angloboerwar.com/south-african-units/459-railway-pioneer-regiment?start=1

 

 

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