Captain Edward Boaz Eagar

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Reference WMO/273126


St Nicholas Church

Church Road


Newcastle upon Tyne



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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Metal Brass
Lettering: Incised
  • Boer War, Second (1899-1902)
About the memorial: Memorial to Captain Edward Boaz Eagar,, Son of Colonel Edward Hungerford Eagar and Elizabeth Eagar (daughter of the late Denis Kelly of Castle Kelly, Co Galway Ireland). Educated at Wellington College. Commissioned into the 41st Foot from the Royal Military College, Aug 1880. Transferred to the 5th Foot in Oct 1880. Promoted to Lieutenant Jul 1881 and to Captain Jan 1890. He was adjutant to the 3rd Volunteer Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, Jun 1891 to Jun 1896. He served in the Nile Expedition 1898, and was present at the battle of Khartoum, receiving the medal, also the Egyptian medal, with clasp. He deployed to South Africa with his battalion for the Second Anglo Boer War, sailing in the beginning of Oct 1899, and being early on the scene, ware employed on garrison duty in Cape Colony till Lt Gen Lord Methuen commenced his advance from Orange River. He was killed in action aged 39 years at the Battle of Belmont, North of Hopetown, Cape Colony on 23 Nov 1899. It is stated that he was killed by a wounded Boer who was holding up a white flag. He was buried on the battlefield. His remains were later reinterred in West End Cemetery, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa. Captain Eagar was married to Ada Mary Barbara Eagar, daughter of Colonel Thoyts, and left a widow and four children.
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Erected by many parishioners of Gosforth in memory of Edward Boaz Eagar, late of Fawdon House in this parish, Captain 1st Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers and Adjutant 3rd V.B.N.F. 1891-1896, who was killed in action at the Battle of Belmont, South Africa November 23rd 1899 aged 39 years. Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.

Edward Boaz Eagar

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