|QUEEN'S SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1902, two clasps, Defence of Kimberley, Paardeberg
(23 Tpr. E.F. Willmore, Kimberley Lt. Horse),
This is an unusual combination of clasps resulting primarily from a not so
well known incident:
During the operations at Paardeberg the British ran very low on supplies so
Lord Kitchener's Head Quarters requested urgent supplies of bread from
Kimberley. Bread was cooked in the De Beers ovens and sent in a convoy to
Paardeberg with an escort of 150 men.
Edward was born on 30 Jan 1882 in Grahamstown, Cape Colony. His
parents both of whom were born in Cape Colony were Walter and Marie
(Fletcher). His father was a descendent of one of the 1820 settlers and the
Fletcher name came from a soldier in the Black Watch who moved to South
Africa in the late 18th or early 19th century. Edward married Kathleen
Josephine Harran on 1 Dec 1910 and they had three sons and five daughters.
He died on 19 Jun 1940 in Plumtree, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe).
After the relief of Kimberley, Kimberley Light Horse and Diamond Fields
Horse troops were amalgamated under the title 'Kimberley Mounted Corps'.
Edward and two of his cousins (who were brothers), are the three men named
Willmore on the Defence of Kimberley Roll, all of them serving with the KLH.
23 Tpr Edward Fletcher Willmore
24 Tpr Frederick Howson Willmore
53 Tpr Albert Edwin Willmore ( KIA 25 Nov 99, age 19)
Edward was discharged on March 24, 1900 as Medically Unfit. His cousin
Frederick was discharged the same day.
Spink Oct 1999
DNW Sept 2010 (Kieran Collection)