The South African
Military History Society
Die Suid-Afrikaanse Krygshistoriese Vereniging
Military History Journal
Vol 1 No 1 - December 1967
Military Memorials in St Georges Cathedral at Cape Town
Mr. R. R. Langham-Carter who is Recorder at St. George's Cathedral at Cape Town has sent to the Society this list of military memorials which are in the custody of the Cathedral. All those listed as being in the undercroft are naturally not on view to the public. Mr. Langham-Carter would appreciate any advice and/or assistance from interested parties which could possibly lead to the re-erection of these memorial tablets:
Militere Gedenktekens by St George's katedraal in Kaapstad
- Rev. Benjamin C. Goodison, military chaplain, died 17 Feb. 1832. Tablet was in chapel of Main Barracks until this was demolished in 1903. It was moved to the Cathedral in about 1911. It is lying un-erected in the undercroft.
- Lt.-Colonel Edward Vaughan, commanding 98th Regiment, died 20 July, 1833. This tablet is the work of the famous English sculptor, Richard Westmacott. The Cathedral also has the tablet of Vaughan's daughter, Florence, died 7 May, 1833.
- Major G.D. Stoddart, Bengal Light Cavalry, died Stellenbosch, 21 Jan., 1839. Stoddart was one of many who came from India on sick leave. Undercroft.
- Charles James Cowie, Madras Medical Department, died 2 Sept., 1843. The tablet is the work of Edward Gaffin. Undercroft.
- Captain Edward Leveson Gower, Private Secretary to Sir George Napier, died 20 March, 1844. Undercroft.
- Lt. the Hon. Wm. John Granville Chetwynd, 73rd Regiment (now Black Watch). Son of Lord Chetwynd whose coat-of-arms is on the tablet which was designed by John Denman. Chetwynd was killed "in a conflict with the Kaffirs beyond the Kei River" on 11 Jan., 1847 while escorting a party of wounded back to base. The memorial long lay in the undercroft but was re-erected by the Friends of the Cathedral in 1966, part of the cost being borne by the Black Watch Association, Scotland.
- Captain Wm. Baker and three officers of 73rd Regiment (Baker of Rifle Brigade). Killed 13 Nov., 1847, in a skirmish near the Komke River in Seventh Kaffir War. Undercroft. They were buried in Kingwilliamstown church where their slab can still be seen.
- Captain Arthur Murray, of Rifle Brigade; Ensign M.B. Steel, of Cape Mounted Rifles and others killed at battle of Boomplaats in Orange Free State on 29 Aug., 1848. Buried at Boom plaats where their tombs are still in good condition. Fine marble memorial flanked by figures of two Riflemen in the uniform of their day, the work of sculptor Edward Richardson. Long in undercroft, but re-erected by the Friends in 1966 at cost of the Rifle Brigade, England. There is also an iron obelisk in Murray's memory in the Cathedral yard.
- Lt. Montague Treby Molesworth, R.N. of H.M.S. Cleopatra, died 25 March, 1846 after a skirmish on Madagascar. Undercroft.
- Captain George Pilkington, Royal Engineers. Colonial Civil Engineer of Cape Government, died 3 July, 1858.
- Lt. Henry Parnell Cole, Royal Engineers, died Simonstown, 14 April, 1862. Undercroft.
- Major Wm. Lawes Peto, 13th (Somersetshire) Light Infantry, died Preston, Kent, 28th May, 1864.
- Henry Barkly, late Royal Navy, son of Cape Governor, died 1 June, 1874. Undercroft.
- Fredk. Wm. Ratcliff, gunner in Prince Alfred's Own Cape Volunteer Artillery, killed in Bashee River, 17 Dec., 1880.
- Captain Matthew Blyth, late 73rd Regiment. Chief Magistrate in Transkei, died 16 July, 1889. Undercroft.
- General Sir Leicester Smyth. Commanding in South Africa. 1891. Undercroft.
- Bechuanaland Field Force. Killed in 1897 campaign.
- Lt.-General Sir Wm. Howley Goodenough, K.C.B., died 31 Oct., 1898. Formerly in Military Chapel. Undercroft.
- Major Henry Scott Turner, Black Watch. Killed 28 Nov., 1899 on Carter's Ridge in siege of Kimberley.
- Major Kenneth Ross Mackenzie. This brass plate is untraced at the present time.
- Lt.-Col. Wm. Spence, commanding Duke of Edinburgh's Vol. Rifles, killed 30 May, 1900.
- Captain Clive Keith, Duke of Cambridge's Yeomanry, killed 29 May, 1900. Undercroft.
- South African Light Horse, 1899-1902.
- Roberts Horse, 1899-1902.
- 3rd Dragoon Guards, 1899-1902. Undercroft.
- Cape Mounted Rifles, 1899-1902. Undercroft.
- Cape Field Artillery, 1899-1902. Undercroft.
- Lt.-Col. Fredk. Millar. Brass plate. Untraced.
- Lt. Thomas Morris, 6th Dragoon Guards, killed 26 Jan., 1902.
- Major-General Sir H.J. Scobell, Royal Scots Greys, died 2 Feb., 1912.
- Prince of Wales Own Cape Peninsula Rifles, 1914-1919.
- Col. E.B. Hartley, died 20 March, 1919.
- Brigadier-Gen. H.S. Ravenshaw, died 6 June, 1920.
- Brig.-Gen. F.S. Dawson, died 26 Oct., 1920.
- Maj.-Gen. H.T. Lukin, died 16 Dec., 1925.
- Duke of Edinburgh's Rifles, 1939-1945.
- Capt. C.N. Thomas, Duke of Edinburgh's, died 29 Nov., 1923.
MILITARY BANNERS IN ST. DAVID'S CHAPEL,
ST. GEORGE'S CATHEDRAL, CAPE TOWN
- Earl of Athlone.
- Church Lads Brigade, South African Regiment.
- 5th South African Infantry. King's Colour.
- Duke of Edinburgh's Own Rifles. Regimental Colour.
- 12th South African Infantry. Regimental Colour, 1914.
- Duke of Edinburgh's. Regimental Colour, 1905.
- Cape Medical Corps. King's Colour.
- Cape Mounted Rifles. Regimental Colour.
- Prince Alfred's Own Cape Field Artillery. King's Colour.
- 1st South African Infantry. Regimental Colour, 1916-1918.
- Duke of Edinburgh's. King's Colour, 1901.
- 1st Regiment, South African Infantry Overseas Brigade. King's Colour. 1915.
Mnr. R. R. Langham-Carter wat Argivaris by St. George's Katedraal in Kaapstad is, het 'n lys van militere gedenktekens wat in bewaring by die Katedraal gehou word, aan die Vereniging gestuur. Al die wat op die lys is, in 'n omheinde gedeelte, is natuurlik nie oop vir die publiek nie. Mnr. Langham-Carter sal enige advies en ondersteuning van ge-interreseerde persone wat moontlik kan lei na die heroprigting van hierdie gedenkstene, waardeer.
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