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From: "a grant" <>
Subject: [BOER-WAR] Mystery of a death at Norvalspont
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2000 07:16:16 +0100
Please help clear up a mystery:-
Cpl John Arthur Charles Grant, No 3645, of the Oxford & Bucks LI died of enteric fever at Norvalspont on 17:12:00. John was a long service regular soldier of 1st batttalion OBLI and embarked for S.Africa on the SS Aurania on 21:09:00. The draft were in Heilbron on 22:10:00.
The only bar on his (posthumous) SA medal was "Cape Colony".
Why did John die at Norvalspont?
Three possible solutions:-
1. Troops entrained from Heilbron/Kroonstadt to intercept De Wet's attempted crossing into Cape Colony in vicinity of Norvalspont.
John became ill and the Edinburgh & East of Scotland Hospital was nearest place to send him (although this would literally have been passing through DeWet's forces to do so).
At that time, the OBLI chronicles that they were resting at Kroonstadt after trekking throughout the autumn. The award of just cape colony clasp also seems to preclude this.
2. Guarding the railway bridge or concentration camp at Norvalspont.
If John had become ill under these circumstances, a notice would have appeared in the Times indicating his sickness, which was customary at the time...this did not appear, only notice of the death.
3. Captain Fanshawe of the OBLI is mentioned at times as being on "Special Duties". This may have been an extention to the duties of guarding the railway with flying squads. What was his role and was John a part of that group.
Any assistance gratefully received, willing in return to undertake lookups for OBLI actions during the 1899-1902 war.