WAR MEMORIALS OF ELLAND
BY TIM PATTERSON
With contributions from David J Glanfield and Alan Stansfield
2. ROSEMOUNT IRON WORKS
This rather unimposing little Bronze plaque is situated on the left hand side of the main entrance to ‘Rosemount Iron Works’ on Huddersfield road in remembrance of its employees who died in the First World War.
The Inscription reads
ROSEMOUNT IRON WORKS
TO THE MEMORY OF
THOSE MEN EMPLOYED
AT THESE WORKS WHO
FELL IN THE GREAT WAR
3 JOSHUA HEMINGWAY (1865-1901)
(Joshua Hemingways Signature extracted from ‘the minutes and accounts of the Church and King Society Elland’ 1889-1912)
On the west side of Huddersfield Road on the outside wall of the Victoria Baths was located the ‘Memorial Fountain’ in memory of Joshua Hemingway (Private 1966.11th company.2nd Btn. IY) who died in the conflicts between British and Dutch settlers in South Africa in the 2nd South African War (Boer War) of 1899-1902, a bronze plaque (unveiled by Major Edwards of Cornwall) flanked by two marble pillars supporting a stone cornice and a triangular pediment. The badge of the Imperial Yeomanry sits at top centre of the plaque. The inscription in relief reads.
ERECTED TO THE MEMORY
OF WHITWELL PLACE
ELLANDS FIRST VOLUNTEER
WITH THE IMPERIAL YEOMANRY
IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR
WHO DIED AT KIMBERLEY
FEBRUARY 17th 1901
‘GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN
THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN
HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS’
(Since Elland Swimming Baths was demolished the memorial has been in the care of Calderdale Council)
This is a transcript of a letter written by Mr Fred Waddington taken from the
‘Minutes and Accounts of the Church and King Society’
‘A special meeting was held at the Mexboro Arms on Wednesday February 20th a telegram having been received
from the War Office that Sergeant Hemingway had died at Kimberley on the 17th just. The telegram reads as follows:
‘Miss Hemingway. Whitwell House. Elland
Regret to inform you your brother 1966 J.Hemingway died of Nephritis at Kimberley Seventeen Feb
A.A.G.Cavalry 41 Pall Mall
The president in the chair
A note of sympathy was passed with the family in their sad bereavement. The following is a copy of the letter sent at a special meeting of the above society held on Wednesday evening Feb 20th
A vote of sympathy was passed on behalf of you and
your sister in your sad bereavement. It must be a great
trouble to you to think that he should endure the trials
and hardships for twelve months and then be struck down
by disease. I am sure we have all been looking forward to the
time when we should hear the plain untarnished tales from his lips
but now that cannot be. We can however rest contented that he had
died an honourable noble death in fighting for his Queen and Country
and that no one could possibly be more loyal than he was.
With deepest regret on behalf of myself and fellow members.’
An entry in the ’Civil Wills Index’ reads
Hemingway, Joshua. of Whitwell House, Elland, Halifax, Woollen manufacturer. Private in H.M.3rd Imperial Yeomanry Died 17th February 1901 at Kimberley, South Africa.
Administration Wakefield 8th October to Hannah Hemingway and Mary Hemingway (Spinsters) Effects £100
(courtesy David J Glanfield)
Joshua Hemingway Died on 17th February 1901 in Kimberley from Nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys).
The Kimberley Boer War Memorial stands in Kimberley cemetery, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa.
It commemorates the men who are buried within the cemetery. It was erected by the South African War Graves Board.
854 men are named on the memorial. Joshua Hemingway is not one of them.
There are 130 graves containing unknown soldiers.
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