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The Times reported the unveiling in the 23rd November 1903 edition:


“Major-General Baden-Powell, Inspector-General of Cavalry, yesterday afternoon unveiled in the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields a bronze tablet to the memory of the officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of the 18th, 21st, and 23rd Battalions (Sharpshooters) Imperial Yeomanry who were killed or died of disease during the South African war. About 400 men of all ranks of the 3rd County of London (Sharpshooters) Imperial Yeomanry, under the command of Colonel Lord Dunraven, attended the ceremony having marched from St. George’s Barracks, headed by the band of the regiment, which supplied the music for the service. The church was well filled, among the officers of the regiment present being Colonel A. Weston Jarvis, Colonel A. M. B. Gage, Major J. C. Ker-Fox, Major J. F. Laycock, D.S.O., Major and Adjutant C. C. Macdowell, Captain H. J. Curley, Captain J. A. Gordon Hamilton, and Captain and Quartermaster C. W. Parsons. Others present included Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Kinnaird, Colonel R. K. Parks, and Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Saville Crossley, M.P. The officiating clergy were Prebendary Shelford, the vicar, and the Rev. J. T. Thompson. The band played as an opening voluntary, ‘Pilgrims’ song of hope,’ and after the hymn ‘When our heads are bowed with woe,’ Prebendary Shelford read the prayers from the Burial Service. Then, while the band played the ‘Dead March’ in Saul, General Baden-Powell, who wore the undress uniform of his rank, was escorted by Lord Dunraven and other officers from his seat in one of the front pews to the south aisle, against the wall of which the memorial tablet is placed.


Before withdrawing the cloth which covered it the GENERAL delivered a brief


address. He said they were assembled to dedicate a memorial to brave men who fell in the defence of their country and her Colonies in South Africa. The Sharpshooters had had as a regiment but a short life, but in the four years of their existence they had made a history for themselves such as any other regiment might well be proud of by the self-sacrifice and devotion to duty they showed in South Africa. They went from their homes when their country needed them; they gave up their ordinary pursuits and their connexions here, and left this busy City to help their country’s cause on the veld. They placed themselves under discipline, and went through hardships, and many of them gave up their lives that their duties should be thoroughly and properly carried out. In the dark days at the beginning of the war, when the cry was for men, a battalion of the regiment sailed for South Africa under Colonel Parke, and took its share in the operations in the northern part of the country, landing at Beira and going through all the unhealthy region in those parts, losing men almost as soon as they had landed. That battalion operated against the northern Transvaal through Rhodesia, and then, moved down to the western Orange River County, where it did good work. Afterwards it went through arduous work in the north of the Cape Colony from Preiska to Craddock, especially about Aberdeen where, again, a number of men ware lost. Another Battalion went out and served in the Orange River Colony under Colonel Weston Jarvis and in the eastern part of the Transvaal. A third battalion went out and served well, especially in the Wepener district and in the eastern parts of the Orange River Colony. Its members made a name for


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