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EAST ANSTEY- THE  BOER WAR MEMORIAL PLAQUE

 

Henry Hooper was the son of William and Ann Hooper of 1 Mill Green, East Anstey. He was born in East Anstey in 1874 and before he joined the army, was apprenticed as a mason. He enlisted to become  4724 Private Henry Hooper of the 2nd Battalion, the Grenadier Guards. He was killed on 29 May 1900 at Biddulph's Berg,  Senekal , when he was 26 in the action described below..Very few of Devon's small villages have Boer War Memorials dedicated to low-ranking troops which are as elegant as this one.

 

East Anstey Boer War Memorial

East Anstey's Boer War Memorial

© Richard J. Brine

 

This action was fought in a range of hills 13 km east of Senekal. The hills were held by the Ladybrand and Senekal commandos under General A.I. de Villiers and on 29 May 1900 were attacked by Lt-Gen Sir H.M.L.Rundle's column comprising the 2nd Grenadier Guards, 2nd Scots Guards and the 7th (Leicestershire) company of the 4th Imperial Yeomanry. The Boers held the position, inflicting heavy losses on the British with 38 men killed and 130 wounded. Many of the British casualties were caused by grass fires started by the careless use of matches by their troops. De Villiers was seriously wounded in this action and died not long afterward.

 

 
 
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