|Queen’s South Africa Medal with 2 clasps Belmont and Modder River
9200 SEJT. H.HURST. S.GDS.
This medal was accompanied by a copy of his Army Records which show that this medal is his only
entitlement. These records also show that he DIED FROM ENTERIC FEVER AT MODDER
RIVER on February 3, 1900 aged 26 years. His obituary appeared in the Household Brigade
magazine for 1900.
He was the son of John and Ann Hurst and in the 1881 census he is listed as living with his
parents, a sister and 2 brothers at 36 Bk Kirk St. Bolton Lancs.
Herbert HURST was born in Bolton in 1873 and for reasons best known to himself enlisted as
Henry Hunter on 3/6/1891. Appointed Lance Corporal 17/5/1892, Corporal 31/8/1894,
L/Sergeant 27/1/1896 and Sgt on 1/4/1897. He was transferred to the Army Reserve on
completion of 7 years service with the Colours on 13/10/1898 for the purpose of being with and
assisting to support his mother.
He took up a position in civilian life as Sergeant of the Bolton Boys Brigade and held that
position until he was recalled to the Colours and joined his Battalion and proceeded to South
Africa on 21/10/1899 where he served in 'D' Company until his untimely death.
His body was exhumed at Modder River and he was interred at the Kimberley West End GR along
with another 800 souls.
His death was reported in the Times on February 7, 1900 only 5 short days after an earlier
report on the seriousness of his condition
Special thanks to Garry Farmer who provided me with an obituary from the local newspaper:
Bolton Chronicle 10th February 1900
|DEATH OF A BOLTONIAN FROM FEVER
The death is announced from enteric fever of a Bolton reservist- 9200 Sergeant H. Hurst, of the
1st Battalion Scots Guards who up to his departure for the front, resided with his mother at No.
1 Baldwin Street off Derby Street, Bolton. Hurst was a very smart young fellow and single. He
was stationed with Lord Methuen at Modder River and had bravely engaged in that Gentleman’s
battles. Deceased was at some time employed by Messrs Walker and Son at their Rose Hill
Tannery and he had been actively identified with the Victoria Wesleyan Company of the Bolton
Boys’ Brigade, who were exceedingly proud of their comrade and gave him a hearty send off on
leaving for South Africa. Sergeant Hurst died on the 3rd February and his loss will be mourned
by a large circle of friends and acquaintances, as well as by his comrades at the front.
Sergeant Hurst is included in the Kimberley Boer War Memorial and the Ritchie Boer War
Memorial reproduced below with kind permission from Colyn Brookes (MIBISA)
The Kimberley Boer War Memorial stands in Kimberley Cemetery, Kimberley, Northern Cape. It
commemorates the men who are buried within the cemetery. It was erected by the South African
War Graves Board. The names on the memorial are by regiment. There are 130 graves containing
unknown soldiers, 854 are named on the memorial.
The Ritchie Boer War Memorial stands in Ritchie Cemetery, Northern Cape. It commemorates
the men who were buried in the cemetery elsewhere who have been re-interred in Kimberley
cemetery. It was erected by the South African War Graves Board. There are 104 names on the