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Hawick Newspapers
« on: Friday 14 September 12 14:47 BST (UK) »
If a soldier from Hawick was killed in the Boer War ( 2nd )is it likely that it would have been reported in the paper.

I don` t know how many casualties there would have been from Hawick but I have found some records of James Black or J Black, the soldier I am looking for. The J could be anything, but because there is such a small number I think there would have been only one from Hawick , if any.

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Re: Hawick Newspapers
« Reply #1 on: Friday 14 September 12 19:48 BST (UK) »
If a soldier from Hawick was killed in the Boer War ( 2nd )is it likely that it would have been reported in the paper.


Absolutely. I wrote a history of my native village in Fife some years ago and when I got up to the twentieth century and the two world wars, back numbers of the local newspaper were a mine of information about local  men who had been killed or wounded. And I found accounts of the Boer War too, taken from letters written home to his mother by a soldier from the village. She must have dreaded his letters, for he didn't spare her the details of bullets whizzing around and men being killed.

There was a tradition in Scotland and no doubt elsewhere, from Victorian times onwards, of people taking letters from loved ones abroad into the local newspaper office to be printed in the paper. A lot of these letters extol the virtues of emigration and the benefits of life in Australia or wherever, with comments like "Tell Mrs. Wilson I saw her son Andrew and he is doing very well".

To recap, I can't imagine a local paper missing the opportunity to highlight local men being killed in a foreign war.

Harry

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Re: Hawick Newspapers
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 15 September 12 14:58 BST (UK) »
I am assuming that he was a soldier of the Boer War, so I am going to go to my local archives just to check that he didn`t die in England. Free BMD doesn`t bring him up. I f that proves unsuccessful I`ll have to think again

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Re: Hawick Newspapers
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 16 September 12 21:51 BST (UK) »
Hi

23 Hawick men died in the 2nd Boer War, and their names are listed on the Boer War Memorial in Wilton Park in Hawick, but there is no-one named Black among them.

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Re: Hawick Newspapers
« Reply #4 on: Monday 17 September 12 15:31 BST (UK) »
Thank you so much for that.

Back to the drawing board !!

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« Reply #5 on: Sunday 12 July 15 23:33 BST (UK) »
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Re: Hawick Newspapers
« Reply #6 on: Monday 13 July 15 09:21 BST (UK) »
Thank you Elaine.

I have found him although not in connection with the Boer War; he`d changed his name !!