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Lumsden, Henry Charles (1873-1900)

South African War Memorial, Sherborne School, Sherborne, Dorset, UK.


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Trooper Henry Charles Lumsden, no.2 Section of Lumsden’s Horse, South African Field Force. Killed in action at Thaba ‘Nchu, South Africa on 30 April 1900, aged 26.


Born 27 October 1873.

Son of Henry Lumsden and Edith Jane Lumsden, Pitcaple Castle, Aberdeenshire, and of Shanklin, Isle of Wight.

Attended College Swansea.

Attended Sherborne School (School House), September 1887-April 1890.

Indigo Planter, Chuckhea concern, Sewan, Saran, India.

Joined Lumsden’s Horse from the Bihar Light Horse.


Memorials at the soldier’s cemetery at Karee Station; in Christ Church, Mozufferpore, India; in St Paul’s Cathedral, Calcutta; on the north wall of the chancel of St Saviour’s church, Shanklin, Isle of Wight


According to 'The History of Lumsden's Horse', Pte. H.C. LUMSDEN was buried by the Boers; who took H.C. LUMSDEN to have been Colonel LUMSDEN due to some papers in his pockets. LH sent out a search party to look for casualties but was only able to reach the body of Major SHOWERS before becoming lost and spending the night on the veldt. The next morning, the search party found that the Boers had buried the bodies of Ptes. CASE, DAUBNEY and LUMSDEN after having read the burial service over them. A stone had been placed over the head of Pte. LUMSDEN with his name scratched on it. It would seem that the Boers later put up a cross over the grave.


Extracts from a speech given by the Headmaster of Sherborne School, F.B. Westcott, following the unveiling of the South African War Memorial in the Sherborne School Chapel on 30 January 1901 ('The Shirburnian', March 1904, pp.189-192):

After the service a gathering was held in the Big Schoolroom, where speeches were to be made. After the singing of the new School song ‘Adsum,’ the Headmaster [F.B. Westcott] rose, and after a few introductory remarks upon the unpropitious weather, said that though he seemed to have been at Sherborne quite a long time, yet only two of those whose memories they were commemorating that day were in the School in his time. They were Harold de Rougemont, who, he believed, was buried close to Lord Roberts’ son, and his young friend Close, who, with many other young Englishmen, volunteered for service at the front when but a boy. Every house in the School was represented in the list he had read out. None of the lads had climbed very high in military service, yet two at least, Lewis and Lovett, were brevet-majors, and brevet-majors at a very early stage of their service. They, as a school, as well as their friends, had paid a very heavy price in the loss of their lives. Yet, at the same time, he was sure all of them would feel that these brave lives were not given for nothing, but were given for England, for our country, and for our King, and in the great cause of the British Empire. Moreover, the hope of all was that the work done in South Africa had been finished once and for all. God grant it might be so, and that the blood of those brave soldiers, and the blood of our enemies too, would cement a lasting peace. After extending a hearty welcome to Lord Methuen, the Headmaster called on his lordship to address the School.

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