Author Archives: Margaret Frood

About Margaret Frood

Margaret Frood is a Family and Local Historian with an insatiable curiosity about the partially told stories of a family's past. Her four war memorial blogs have been created in the hope that they will help to rescue from oblivion the stories of those listed on the war memorials of Petersham, Ham and Tur Langton, as well as Southern Africans commemorated in the UK and in Western Europe.

The “Patrons of Lost Causes” visit again

Note: This post was written on Remembrance Sunday, but for some reason, it lingered on in the Drafts folder from which it has only now been extracted!  I’ve edited it to take account of this delay. Remembrance Sunday in Richmond Cemetery, 2014, … Continue reading

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A tribute to The Springbok Blue

When, some years ago, I first started to research the South African Military Hospital, the reaction of many local residents to the news that there had ever been a hospital in Richmond Park was a sceptical raised eyebrow.   Last year, … Continue reading

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George Henry Rosser (1885–1916)

6011 Private George Henry Rosser (1885–1916) 2/South African Infantry Regiment Died in Fulham, 23 July 1916, of severe wounds received on 11 July at The Somme. We’d planned, yesterday, also to look for the grave of Private George Henry Rosser, … Continue reading

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Do you not know…

Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken? Terry Pratchett, Going Postal Today, Remembrance Sunday 2015, we once again spoke the names of the 39 men buried in the South African section … Continue reading

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In search of Corporal John Smith of Galashiels

In my post Gala Remembered  I was unable to do more than hazard a guess as to which of seven Smiths with the initial J, listed on the CWGC database as serving with the South African Forces, could be a … Continue reading

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Gala Remembered!

Last month we travelled the length of the newly opened Waverley Line and broke our return journey to Edinburgh at Galashiels.  It was not until we headed back to the station  after visiting Old Gala House and Mungo Park’s Memorial that we noticed the town’s … Continue reading

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George Alan Leak (c.1895–1916)

2987 Private George Alan Leak, Signaller, D Company, 1/South African Infantry Regiment Killed in Action, 18 July 1916, Delville Wood, The Somme. The accompanying photo is one of a number of photos found in a small tattered wallet belonging to … Continue reading

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