Lt Col J M Gawne

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Reference WMO223282

Address:

Kirk Christ (Holy Trinity)

A29

nr Port Erin

Isle of Man

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Font or Font Cover
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Boer War, Second (1899-1902)
About the memorial: Lt Col Gawne was killed at Veyheid in South Africa in 1900. ' .. commanding 2nd Bn., Royal Lancaster Regt. Died 12 December 1900 at Vryheid of wounds received in action the previous day. He was born July 1854, educated at Cheltenham and entered the 4th Foot June 1874. Promoted Lt., June 1875, Captain May 1884, Major June 1893 Lt/Col, Feb., 1900. He served in the Zulu war, 1879 receiving medal with clasp, and also with the Bechuanaland Expedition under Sir Charles Warren 1884-85. In the action in which L/Col. Gawne fell, outposts surrounding Vryhied were suddenly attacked on a dark morning at 2.15 AM and a desperate fight ensued.' (Palmer Roll of Boer War Casualties) Unveiled at service held on 11 December 1901. Officiating clergy were the Archdeacon, Rev. H.S. Gill, Rev. J.H. Davis, Rev. F.T. Smith, and Rev. C.H. Leece, curates of Rushen. Constructed of Caen stone, by Mr. R. Creer, Athol Street, Douglas, from a drawing by a Mr. A. Rigby. (Manx Sun, 14 December 1901, p. 16). There is also a plaque and a stained glass window to Gawne in the Regimental Chapel in Lancaster Priory, Lancashire, and a cairn and plaque at the spot where he fell in Zululand. Isle of Man National Inventory of War Memorials: IOM_NIWM_RUS_00002
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'To the glory of God and in beloved memory of John Moore Gawne, / fifth son of Edward Moore Gawne of Kentraugh, Lieutenant / Colonel of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, born July 23 / 1854, fell in the South African War at Vryheit December 11th / 1900.'

Lieutenant Colonel John Moore Gawne

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