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Who can tell us about this old memorial?

THE Friends of Redcar Cemetery are looking to Remember When readers for help.

Camile Nertny has e-mailed us with this plea: In the oldest part of Redcar Cemetery, which was established in 1874 there is a Boer War (1899-1902) memorial. Sadly this memorial, which was erected and paid for by public subscription to honour those who gave their lives for the Empire, is in a sorry state of disrepair, to the point that this important piece of social and local history is in danger of being lost.

The inscription on the memorial reads: "Erected by subscription to the memory of Corp Wilson Wiles, PWO Yorkshire Regt. Wounded at Paadeberg, SA, died in Netley Hospital July 5th, 1900. aged 22yrs. and was buried here." On a lower plinth: "Also of Prtes Hardy and Wilkinson killed at Paadeberg", and on the base plinth "and Outhwaite who died of Enteritis".

There are two graves, one on either side of the memorial, for people named Wiles and one tends to think they are relatives of Corporal Wilson Wiles, particularly as one is for the wife of a

George Wiles who died in 1940 and whose name is inscribed on one side of the memorial stone.

The Friends are aware that a grant can be made available for the refurbishment of this memorial and believing it to be a very important part of our social and local history hope to pursue this avenue soon.

The Friends of Redcar Cemetery are very interested to know if anyone can shed any light on how this memorial came to be? Are there any photographs of those who were deployed from this area to that theatre of war? Is there any information about those who are remembered here? The Friends produce a bi-annual newsletter which is circulated locally and would like to include an article with information about this memorial and all things related to it so as to keep the memories alive.

If you can help Camile please write to us at Remember When, Gazette Building, Borough Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3AZ, or email


IN MEMORIAM: The memorial which was erected in the oldest part of Redcar Cemetery to honour victims of the Boer War. Now The Friends of Redcar Cemetery want to see it restored
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Apr 4, 2009
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