We have records of several Deddington men who served in the Boer War 

Those who served & returned

George Bott   - some of his letters home are reproduced on p.2 of A Parish at War and his arrival home is recorded on p.4 of The Supplement in an extract from the Deddington Deanery Magasine

Harry Harper      )

William Kettle     ) Reference to all 4 of these men returning home can also be seen in extracts from the Deddington Deanery Magasine

William Penn       )

William Williams  )

John Vincent an article in the Banbury Guardian dated 10 January 1901 tells of an impressive welcome home for John and some of experiences in South Africa. The 1901 census shows he was back at his job of Postman

George Smith - Sergeant in the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry. He was a member of the extensive Smith family whose story can be found HERE

Those who died

Charles Satchell

Unfortunately Charles' name was incorrectly transcribed as Thatchell initially in the extracts from the Deddington Deanery Magasine in A Parish at War and on the first Memorial Plaque erected in the church in 2013. A South African Boer war researcher, surfing the Imperial War Museum archives - which include copies of the book and Memorial Plaque - contacted me to query the spelling. From this we found out his correct name. As we had also found another WWI soldier who had died and whose name was not on the Memorial Plaque (Frank Jarrett) a replacement Plaque was commissioned and erected.

We have several documents of relevance

1891 census recording his family living in New Street. Charles is 12.

A Banbury Guardian Article  of 10 January 1901 recounts an incident - as also recorded in The London Gazette - for which he subsequently received a Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM). His descendants sold his DCM and Service medals in 2007.

He died of pneumonia on 23 August 1901 in hospital in Kimberley aged 22.

His is remembered on a Plaque in Bloemfontein Cathedral

Leonard Vincent

He was a cousin of John Vincent and the 1891 census shows him living in Clifton aged 11.

We dont have details of where or how he died but The Deddington Deanery Magasine records his Memorial Service in June 1901.