The Boer War Memorial, located just outside the entrance to the Enniskillen Castle complex, commemorates those who lost their lives, from the two Enniskillen raised regiments of the British Army – the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 5th Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, in the 1899-1902 Boer War.
The 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers arrived in Durban in December 1899 to join the army advancing to relieve Ladysmith. At the river Colenso the British lost over 1,100 men to minimal Boer losses. The Inniskillings lost 117 men.
On the fourth relief attempt, in February 1900, the Boer defences were breached on the Tugela Heights and the advance to lift the siege was successful. The Inniskillings achieved great fame for their courageous attack, in spite of heavy casualties, up the hill which became known as Inniskilling Hill.
The (Inniskilling) Dragoons arrived in Cape Town in October 1899 and joined General French’s Cavalry Division for the invasion of the Orange Free State and the relief of Mafeking.
During the Boer War, the Inniskilling Fusiliers lost 14 officers and 182 other ranks while the Inniskilling Dragoons lost 5 officers and 78 other ranks. As many men died from diseases like typhoid as from enemy action.
This memorial used to be on a roundabout in the east end of the town but was moved to its current location in 2007 with a view to relieving anticipated traffic congestion in the east end of the town once Asda and Tesco built then recently approved superstores. Council records indicate that Asda/Tesco paid for the removal of the monument and for various new traffic lights.
This is one of two Boer War Memorials I am aware of in Enniskillen. I recall another one from my school days, located in the nearby Portora Royal School. The school memorial commemorates those old boys who served in, or were lost in, the Boer War.
Do have a look as you make your way to or from the Enniskillen Castle complex.
This blog entry is one of a group (loop) of entries based on many trips to Enniskillen. I suggest you continue with my next entry – Enniskillen Methodist Church – or to start the loop at the beginning go to my introductory entry – “Fare thee well Enniskillen, ………..”