Private William Mann – 14th Hussars

The plaque is in St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Langham, Rutland. (Click to enlarge)

The tablet is in Langham Baptist Church (Address: 31 Well St, Langham, Oakham LE15 7JS) and, according to the Imperial War Museum database is the only example of an Anglo Boer War memorial in a UK Baptist Church.

Grantham Journal, Saturday 28th July 1900
On Monday, at 12.30 p.m. a memorial service was held in the Parish Church for Private William Mann, No. 65, 14th Hussars, who died from wounds at Pretoria on July 15th. The service was conducted by the Rev. R. D. Ninis, and the choir was well represented. There was a congregation of about seventy-five: showing the respect felt for one of our own sons who has honourably and gloriously died fighting for his Queen and country. He was born here, and received his education in the village School, so that he was well known, and is mourned for by his fellow-scholars as well as by older inhabitants.
Langham Church tablet (Click to enlarge)

Records show the following: “65 Pte. W.Mann, 14th Hussars” as Dangerously wounded in Derdepoorte (he was wounded at Surprise Hill) 11/7/00 and Died 15/7/00. His QSA bore the clasps “RofK”,”Diamond Hill”. “Johannesburg”.

It appears that William Mann initially went to South Africa with the 10th Hussars and was later transferred to 14th Hussars. There is a listing to the effect that he went with 10th Hussars. His regimental number in 10th Hussars was 2997 hence Langham Church tablet having “Late of the 10th Hussars” .
IN MEMORY OF
WILLIAM E. MANN
NATIVE OF THIS VILLAGE
AND LATE OF THE 10TH HUSSARS
WHO DIED OF WOUNDS IN SOUTH AFRICA
JULY 15TH 1900
AGED 27 YEARS.
Private William Mann is believed to have been buried in Pretoria where his grave remains extant and marked with it’s original metal cross.

Paul

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