Boer War Reminiscences
Jacqui’s grandfather William Alfred Williamson was born in 1878 in Radcliffe on Trent. He joined the Leicestershire Regiment at the age of 18 and was sent out to South Africa in the summer of 1899. At the outbreak of the Boer War he was trapped inside Ladysmith. He left the Army in 1904 and became a postman in Langley Mill in Derbyshire where he met and married his wife Phoebe.
Despite having a wife and two children he joined up again in August 1914 and was sent out to France with the 9th Service Battalion of the Leicestershire Regiment. He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and was also mentioned in despatches. He didn’t speak much about his First World War experiences but in his 70s he wrote about his experiences in the Boer War which have been serialised by Jacqui in her blog “Not Scottish Jacobite deserters?”