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Atherstone J 1888 Mar. 3rd, 1900 12 yes 14 yes yes no
Bentley J 1886 Feb. 4th, 1900 13 yes 20 yes yes no
Bezuidenhoud C 1882 Dec. 1st, 1898 18 yes 0 yes no no
Attached to Town Guard
Bradley A P 1888 Feb. 4th, 1900 11 yes 20 yes yes no
Bradley's DoM was in the collection of A McKenzie in 2001
Brown A 1888 Feb. 4th, 1900 11 yes 20 yes yes yes
Mafeking Mail of 5/5/00 reports he came 3rd in Message Carrying in previous Sunday's Military Tournament with score of 8 pts.
Brown Len 1885 Feb. 4th, 1900 14 yes 20 yes yes yes
Brother to Tom. Mafeking Mail of 5/5/00 reports that in Military Tournament came 1st with 8.75 points in Message Carrying. Linden Webster's Account states that he was attached to B-P's HQ with G Rowles and Len Brown. However, on the Midgley photograph, Webster acknowledges A Brown, E Brown, S Brown and Sgt. W Brown but no Len. DoM sold Johannesburg, 1976
Brown Walter 1885 Jan. 25th, 1899 14 yes 20 yes yes no
Brown Willie Sgt. 1885 Jan. 25th, 1899 14 yes 20 yes yes yes
On 17/5/00 B-P autographed a photo of himself for Cadet Sergeant William Brown - shown in Midgley book - see below - p. 154. (Also see Len Brown above)
Chowles C 1885 Dec. 1st, 1898 15 yes 20 yes yes yes
Mafeking Mail of 5/5/1900 reports that in Sunday's Military Tournament Cadet Chowles came 3rd with 8 pts. Baden-Powell's Mafeking Staff Diary mentions a Mrs A Chowles who was an 'official Nurse' and she, as the only female Chowles in Mafeking, must have been the Cadet's Mother. There is no record of his father, other and an unsupported reference in the Diary to a cook called A Chowles. This might also have been the Cadet's mother or equally could have been his father. Cadet Chowles' DoM is held by A McKenzie of Calgary, Canada.
On the photograph annotated by L B Webster (see below) there is no Chowles, there is though a Cpl Charles. As there was no Charles' family in Mafeking at the time of the Siege and Webster is known to have spelt other Cadets' names as they sounded to him rather than their correct spelling, I think it likely that Cpl Charles in in fact C Chowles.
I was contacted by Mr Tony Chowles on 20/1/2001, who told me his great grandfather Charles emigrated to South Africa in 1851. He worked as a cabinetmaker with his brothers, but died insolvent near Port Elizabeth in 1889. Charles had five sons, one of whom was called Edward. Family legend has it that 'Ned married the companion/maid and settled in Mafeking', Cadet C Chowles is thought to be their son. There is also a reference to a C Chowles who served in the Wiltshire Regiment in the Anglo/Boer war
Crament J E 1885 Mar. 16th, 1899 14 yes 20 yes yes no
Town Guard. & Bechuanaland Rifles. Mafeking Mail Roll has 'Crament J A. Town Guard'. DoM for Cadet Corps issued and returned to Woolwich Arsenal, London. In Mr Harlech Jones collection, Port Elizabeth, SA, 1978
Evert A W J 1883 Jan. 1st, 1899 16 yes 0 yes no ?
Webster identified an M Exerts - as there were no Cadet Exerts in Mafeking it was probably Evert A W J. This Cadet was also attached to the Town Guard, but joined after Oct. 12th, 1899. It seems likely that A W J Evert was related to Evert J, a deserter, as I can only trace four male Everts in total and B-P wrote that the deserter had a father and brother in the town
Fodisch E Unknown Unknown ? no ? no yes yes
Gates G G Cpl 1885 Dec. 1st, 1898 14 yes 20 yes yes yes
Identified by Webster as Sgt. G Gates. (Brother J Gates is in the Midgley photo in the row behind him.) Mafeking Mail of 5/5/00 reports came 2nd in Message Carrying at Military Tournament with a score of 8 points. DoM issued to Cadet Corps returned, re-issued for Town Guard
Goodyear Warner F Sgt-Maj. Aug. 6th, 1886 Dec. 1st, 1898 13 yes 0 yes yes no
Listed on Mitchell's Medal Roll as "C.S. Goodyear Warner F". I assume that 'C.S.' stands for 'Company Sergeant-Major'.
Gordon C 1886 Mar. 18th, 1900 13 yes 14 yes yes yes
Gower A 1885 Dec. 1st, 1898 14 yes 14 yes no no
Mafeking Mail of 12/12/99 reports Gower came 2nd in Gymkhana. Mafeking Mail of 11/4/00 has Gower in Cadet Sack Race at Sunday Sports, came 1st. Also 2nd in 100 yards flat race for Cadets
Green Luke L Sgt. 1884 Mar. 23rd, 1899 15 yes 0 yes no yes
Ross's book p. 121 says on 29/1/00 Went to sleep on duty and was thrown out of the Town Guard. Ross records that Green was "sorry about this, but it cannot be helped". DoM still with family in 1977 (issued to Pte. Green of Town Guard). Also won DSO and MC in First World War. See Junior Commissioned Officers above
Hammond Henry 1887 Jan. 25th, 1899 13 yes 20 yes yes yes
Noted Mafeking postal history expert, Dr K Freund, corresponded with Hammond. He was also interviewed in an undated, unnamed South African Newspaper, of which I have photocopies, when he was 78, which would have been in about 1966. He had two sons who were both keen Scouts. One of the articles states that, after the Boer War, the lads who were of school age returned to school and formed the school cadets. The older boys joined the Bechuanaland Rifles. All of them kept together however and, calling themselves Scouts, went out camping and scouting whenever the opportunity arose
Harrhy Ramsay Stuart 1886 Jun. 10th, 1899 13 yes 20 yes yes yes
Brother of Cadet Cpl. Sydney Harrhy, and Stanley Hope Harrhy. 28/4/00 Mother's diary: "Ramsay has won a good conduct stripe." Mafeking Mail of 11/4/00 reports A Harrhy came 2nd in Cadet Sack Race in Sunday Sports. Identified by Webster as Sgt. G Harry [sic]. Father surgeon in Mafeking area who died in 1892. Ramsay Harrhy was killed in action in France during the First World War
Harrhy Sydney Ashton Cpl. 1885 Dec. 1st, 1898 14 yes 20 yes yes yes
Brother of Ramsay and Stanley. Mother's Diary, 19/2/00 "Sydney has been put on Cadet duty now, so I am glad to be in town." 28/4/00 Won a pair of silver bullet cuff-links for being neatest, best drilled, and most regular attendant at the Cadet parades. Identified by Webster as S Harry [sic]. Sydney Harrhy died in Dec 1900, killed in a bicycle accident six months after the Siege. Buried in Mafeking Cemetery next to his Mother. Left a message for B-P with his mother
McNicol Alec 1885 Jul. 1st, 1899 14 yes 20 yes yes yes
Shared a tent with Cadets S & R Harrhy. Listed on a wall plaque of Cadets in the Mafeking museum with Archie McNicol. Cadet Nominal Roll of 30/6/00 has two McNicol's one listed as Allen, the other with the initial 'A' crossed out and replaced with 'S'. In 1969 Selby Webster took his father Linden back to Mafeking. They met Alec who still lived there
McNicol Archie Cpl. 1888 May 13th, 1900 12 yes 6 yes no yes
Listed on a wall plaque of Cadets in the Mafeking museum with Alec McNicol. Cadet Nominal Roll of 30/6/00 has two McNicol's one listed as Allen, the other with the initial 'A' crossed out and replaced with 'S'
O'Neil C Unknown Unknown ? no ? no yes no
No other record but mother and father present in Siege. B-P's Staff Diary 19/2/00: "The family 0'Neil have diphtheria and have had to be camped out on the veldt." SoM. Ed. Smith p.257 says O'Neiley's [sic] were impoverished 'Uitlanders'
Palmer S Unknown Unknown ? no ? no yes yes
Rentzkie J 1886 Dec. 1st, 1898 14 yes 20 yes no yes
Mafeking Mail of 5/5/00 reports in Sunday's Military Tournament J Rentzkie came 3rd in Message Carrying with 8pts. Spelt 'Renzkie' on the M.M.R.
Rentzkie P G Unknown Unknown ? no ? no yes yes
Only a Rentzike J on Nominal Roll. Spelt 'Rentizke' on the M.M.R.
Rowland J Unknown Unknown ? no ? no yes yes
There was an extended family of Rowlands in Mafeking during the Siege. The family lived on Rowland's Farm which was used as the women's lager in the early part of the Siege. Mr Rowland senior earned special approval from B-P for his public spirit. I believe he was the Cadet's grandfather. It was at the farm that an old naval cannon was found being used as a gatepost! This was re-furbished and found to have 'B-P' cast into the barrel. A strange coincidence, as this was the name of the foundry which cast the cannon and nothing to do with Baden-Powell. It was known as 'Lord Nelson', was the largest cannon the garrison had and gave sterling service. The garrison only had seven very small cannon. I have found no evidence of any female Rowlands in Mafeking, many wives and mothers left by train in the first days of the War
Rowles George 1885 Feb. 4th, 1900 15 yes 20 yes yes no
Mafeking Mail of 11/4/00 report 3rd in 100yrds flat race, Sunday Sports. Mafeking Mail of 17/4/00 reports in Sunday Sports won Cadet Donkey Race. Linden Webster said that G Rowles, L Brown and himself were attached to B-P's HQ.
Sheasby G 1885 Feb. 4th, 1900 15 yes 20 yes yes no
Alternative spelling Sheesby on M.M.R.
Shipman A Unknown Unknown ? no ? no yes yes
Brother to Shipman S. Webster also identified two Shipmans, one listed as Cpl. without initial, the other as E. Sister E L Shipman, in a letter published in Midgley's book, says she had seven brothers and the two youngest were in the Cadets
Shipman S 1885 Apr. 28th, 1900 14 yes 20 yes yes yes
Brother to Shipman A. Identified by Webster, see comment under A Shipman above. Later won MC and George V Defence Medal. Medals with the family in 1978
Siebert G 1884 Jan. 16th, 1900 15 yes 0 yes yes no
Listed in M.M.R as a Cadet. A Siebert W R was also in Town Guard
Stenson C 1886 Feb. 4th, 1900 13 yes 20 yes yes yes
Brother to Cadets I, J and W Stenson
Stenson I H E Lieut. 1882 Dec. 1st, 1898 17 yes 0 yes yes yes
Brother to Cadets C, J and W Stenson. On M.M.R. as 'Sgt. I O Stenson'
Stenson J 1885 Jan. 16th, 1899 14 yes 20 yes yes yes
Brother to Cadets C, I and W Stenson. DoM marked 'Mafeking Cadet Corps'. In Alan McKenzie Collection, Calgary, Canada, Jan. 2001
Stenson W 1886 Aug. 15th, 1899 13 yes 20 yes yes yes
Brother to Cadets C, I and J Stenson Medal in Kaplan Collection, Johannesburg in 1972
Swartz C 1883 Mar. 27th, 1899 16 yes 0 yes no no
Voss J 1884 Jan. 18th, 1899 15 yes 20 yes no yes
In SoM. p247 Ed Smith says Voss family were 'Uitlanders'. Webster identified a 'B Vogg' on the Midgley photograph
Webster G 1882 Mar. 18th, 1900 17 yes 14 no yes yes
Linden told his son that his (Linden's) cousin was too old at 17 for the Cadets and was in the Bechuanaland Rifles. However, Webster G is not on the Bechuanaland Rifles Medal Roll, but is on the Cadets Nominal Roll, having attended 14 drills
Webster Linden Bradfield 1886 Unknown 13 no no no yes yes
Details from his own Account (see Sources below)
Westdyk P 1884 Dec. 1st, 1898 15 yes ?13 yes yes no
In SoM., Smith says there is a internal postal cover pencil-marked 'Peter'. The text states this denotes that the cover was carried by a Cadet named Peter - the only initial P is Wesdyke's, if Rentzkie P G is accepted as not having joined Cadets until after the Siege
Whales G 1888 May 13th, 1900 12 yes 6 no yes yes
Son of the Editor of the Mafeking Times. Ross's book reports on p> 167 that on 1/3/00 Mrs Whales passed her two children though the window into a dugout when a shell went through the room. Medal with family in Rhodesia in 1978. This Cadet went on to win the MC in the First World War
Wolhutter F 1885 Dec. 1st, 1898 14 yes 20 yes yes no
Brother of H Wolhutter? Mafeking Mail on 11/4/00 reports a Wolhutter came 3rd in Sunday Sports Cadet Sack Race
Wolhutter H 1885 Dec. 1st, 1898 14 yes 20 yes yes no
Brother of F Wolhutter? (Also see above.) Wolhutter spelt 'Wholhutter' on Cadet Board in the Mafeking Museum
Wright E Unknown Unknown ? no ? no yes yes
Brother to R Wright? Mafeking Mail of 5/5/00 reports came equal 3rd in Sunday's Military Tournament Message Carrying Competition with score of 8 pts.
Wright Reuben 1885 Feb. 1st, 1899 14 yes 20 yes yes yes
There is an N Wright on the back row of the photo in Midgley's Book and also an E Wright, but no other Wright. I surmise N Wright = R Wright. There is no doubt that Reuben was a Mafeking Cadet. His DoM is in the Gallagher Collection, England, in 2001
Wright Richard 1885 Apr. 19th, 1899 14 yes 0 yes no no
Clements Percy Brooke Pte. Unknown Adult Instructor Unknown n/a n/a n/a yes yes
Clements was the Cape Police District 2 Cadet Instructor. Dr Tom Hayes recorded in his diary on 10/10/1899 that Cpl. [sic] Clements had a bullet graze his thigh whilst he was at the Water Pits sniping. In the Mafeking Mail of 6/1/1900 Clements is recorded as having performed sword exercises in a concert at Ellis' Fort. In the Mafeking Mail of 9/4/1900 he is acknowledged as being the Cadet Instructor for the Letter Carrying Competition.
Clement's DoM was in the National Museum of Rhodesia in 1976. Clement's became a railway driver and worked for South African Railways. He attended a reunion dinner with B-P and Linden Webster, amongst others, at the Carlton Hotel in Johannesburg in 1928

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. E Wright - Cadet during the Siege . Unidentified by Webster H Hammond - Cadet during the Siege E Brown - may have been one of the three Cadets Brown present during the Siege S Brown - may have been one of the three Cadets Brown present during the Siege S Palmer - Cadet during the Siege N Wright - may be Reuben Wright who was a Cadet during the Siege Unidentified by Webster . R Green - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege . . blank
Cpl. Shipman - may have been a Cadet during the Siege - see the comments in the table above E Wright - Cadet during the Siege . A Murgatroyd - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege L B Webster - Linden Webster himself, who annotated this photograph M Exerts - probably A W J Evert who was a Cadet during the Siege B Vogg - may be J Voss who was a Cadet during the Siege L Brown - Cadet during the Siege R Green - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege blank
Unidentified by Webster H Hammond - Cadet during the Siege E Brown - may have been one of the three Cadets Brown present during the Siege E Brown - may have been one of the three Cadets Brown present during the Siege P Rensky - Cadet during the Siege S Palmer - Cadet during the Siege S Harry - Corporal Harrhy was a Cadet during the Siege N Wright - may be Reuben Wright who was a Cadet during the Siege J Stenson - Cadet during the Siege Unidentified by Webster Cpl. Charles - there was a 'C Choles' on the Nominal Roll during the Siege. This may be him blank
J Rowland - Cadet during the Siege blank
H Smyth - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege blank
Unidentified by Webster A Brown - Cadet during the Siege blank
M Green - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege blank
Cpl. Shipman - may have been a Cadet during the Siege - see the comments in the table above J Gates - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege. Brother of Sgt. G Gates E Shipman - may have been a Cadet during the Siege - see the comments in the table above J Rowland - Cadet during the Siege . A Murgatroyd - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege S Harry - Corporal Harrhy was a Cadet during the Siege S Harry - Corporal Harrhy was a Cadet during the Siege . J Stenson - Cadet during the Siege Unidentified by Webster Unidentified by Webster H Smyth - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege M Exerts - probably A W J Evert who was a Cadet during the Siege J Rensky - Cadet during the Siege B Vogg - may be J Voss who was a Cadet during the Siege W Stenson - Cadet during the Siege R Green - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege blank
Lieut. L Green - Cadet during the Siege with the rank of Sergeant blank
Instructor Clements - See note in the table blank
Lieut. I Stenson - Cadet during the Siege blank
Sgt. G Harry - may be Ramsey Stuart Harrhy, who was a Cadet during the Siege A Brown - Cadet during the Siege Sgt. Major O Stenson - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege. May be a brother of the other Cadets Stenson who were present during the Siege P Rensky - Cadet during the Siege Lieut. I Stenson - Cadet during the Siege J Stenson - Cadet during the Siege H Smyth - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege J Rensky - Cadet during the Siege Cpl. A McNichol - Cadet during the Siege C Gordon - Cadet during the Siege Cpl. Charles - there was a 'C Choles' on the Nominal Roll during the Siege. This may be him blank
J Rensky - Cadet during the Siege blank
Sgt. W Brown - Cadet during the Siege, since which he was promoted blank
Cpl. A McNichol - Cadet during the Siege blank
J Gates - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege. Brother of Sgt. G Gates R Smyth - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege J Rowland - Cadet during the Siege J Rowland - Cadet during the Siege G Harry - may be Ramsay Harrhy, who was a Cadet during the Siege - see the comments in the table above A Brown - Cadet during the Siege Sgt. Major O Stenson - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege. May be a brother of the other Cadets Stenson who were present during the Siege Lieut. L Green - Cadet during the Siege with the rank of Sergeant Lieut. L Green - Cadet during the Siege with the rank of Sergeant Lieut. I Stenson - Cadet during the Siege Lieut. I Stenson - Cadet during the Siege Instructor Clements - See note in the table J Rensky - Cadet during the Siege Sgt. G Gates - Cadet during the Siege, when he was a Corporal . Cpl. A McNichol - Cadet during the Siege blank
R Smyth - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege J Rowland - Cadet during the Siege G Harry - may be Ramsay Harrhy, who was a Cadet during the Siege - see the comments in the table above Sgt. Major O Stenson - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege. May be a brother of the other Cadets Stenson who were present during the Siege Sgt. G Gates - Cadet during the Siege, when he was a Corporal Cpl. A McNichol - Cadet during the Siege W Hall - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege Unidentified by Webster Cpl. Charles - there was a 'C Choles' on the Nominal Roll during the Siege. This may be him blank
R Smyth - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege Lieut. I Stenson - Cadet during the Siege S Murgatroyd (bugler) - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege Lieut. I Stenson - Cadet during the Siege Cpl. Charles - there was a 'C Choles' on the Nominal Roll during the Siege. This may be him Cpl. Charles - there was a 'C Choles' on the Nominal Roll during the Siege. This may be him blank
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J Gates - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege. Brother of Sgt. G Gates R Smyth - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege G Harry - may be Ramsay Harrhy, who was a Cadet during the Siege - see the comments in the table above C Stenson - Cadet during the Siege G Harry - may be Ramsay Harrhy, who was a Cadet during the Siege - see the comments in the table above . E Fodisch - Cadet during the Siege Sgt. Major O Stenson - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege. May be a brother of the other Cadets Stenson who were present during the Siege Lieut. L Green - Cadet during the Siege with the rank of Sergeant R J Webster - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege. Younger brother of Linden Webster . S Murgatroyd (bugler) - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege . G Whales - Cadet during the Siege . A McNichol - Cadet during the Siege . E Harry - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege . blank
C Stenson - Cadet during the Siege . E Fodisch - Cadet during the Siege . R J Webster - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege. Younger brother of Linden Webster . S Murgatroyd (bugler) - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege E Harry - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege . blank
C Stenson - Cadet during the Siege . R J Webster - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege. Younger brother of Linden Webster S Murgatroyd (bugler) - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege G Whales - Cadet during the Siege E Harry - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege Unidentified by Webster Cpl. Charles - there was a 'C Choles' on the Nominal Roll during the Siege. This may be him blank
C Stenson - Cadet during the Siege E Fodisch - Cadet during the Siege E Fodisch - Cadet during the Siege G Whales - Cadet during the Siege A McNichol - Cadet during the Siege E Harry - not on the Nominal Roll during the Siege . blank
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