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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
City Of Edinburgh
Town
Edinburgh
County
Lothian
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
Boer War; Second (1899-1902), VC or GC Recipients
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
74136
Current location

South Aisle
St Mary's Cathedral
Palmerston Place
Edinburgh
City Of Edinburgh
Lothian
EH12 5AW
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: NT 24131 73500
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Brass plaque in a granite background. It has a border with branches and a flower in each of the corners. On the centre is the Royal Arms badge. Lettering in black and red.
Inscription
IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ ROBERT JAMES THOMAS DIGBY JONES/ LIEUTENANT ROYAL ENGINEERS, 23RD FIELD COMPANY, KILLED IN ACTION 6TH JANUARY 1900,/ AGED 23 AFTER SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDING WAGGON HILL WEST (LADYSMITH) NATAL/ FOR MANY HOURS WITH A FEW MEN UNDER DESPERATE CONDITIONS./ EXTRACT FROM SIR GEORGE WHITE'S DESPATCH 11TH DEC. 1899. "LAST NIGHT LT COL METCALF, 2ND RIFLE BRIGADE, WITH 500 MEN OF HIS/ BATTALION, MADE SORTIE TO CAPTURE SURPRISE HILL AND DESTROY 4.7 HOWITZER MOUNTED THERE. THEY REACHED THE/ CREST OF THE HILL UNDISCOVERED AND DROVE OFF THE ENEMY. THE GUN WAS DESTROYED BY GUN COTTON SUCCESSFULLY, BY/ LIEUTENANT DIGBY JONES, ROYAL ENGINEERS."/ HONOURS GAZETTE, APRIL 19TH, 1901. "MEMORANDUM, LIEUTENANT ROBERT JAMES THOMAS DIGBY JONES, ROYAL ENGINEERS, WOULD/ HAVE BEEN RECOMMENDED TO HIS MAJESTY FOR THE VICTORIA CROSS HAD HE SURVIVED, ON ACCOUNT OF HAVING DURING THE/ ATTACK ON WAGGON HILL (LADYSMITH), 6TH JANUARY 1900 DISPLAYED CONSPICUOUS BRAVERY AND GALLANT CONDUCT IN/ LEADING THE FORCE WHICH RE-OCCUPIED THE TOP OF THE HILL, AT A CRITICAL MOMENT JUST AS THE THREE FOREMOST/ ATTACKING BOERS REACHED IT, THE LEADER BEING SHOT BY LIEUTENANT JONES."/ THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY HIS PARENTS AND BROTHERS WHO THANK GOD UPON EVERY REMEMBRANCE OF HIM./ THE VICTORIA CROSS REFERRED ABOVE WAS AWARDED/ BY KING EDWARD VII ON HIS CORONATION DAY.
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Digby Jones, Robert James Thomas
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Commemorations
  • Boer War; Second (1899-1902)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, forenames, rank, regiment, manner of death, place of death, date of death, decorations, additional
    Order of information: Undefined
  • VC or GC Recipients
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname, forenames, rank, regiment, manner of death, place of death, date of death,decorations, additiona
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brass
  • Backboard
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Cathedral Brasses and Memorials - St Mary's Cathedral

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