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Great Staughton and its people by Anthony Withers, Chapter 27

2000 Years of English History.


This book is about the remarkable people from this modest Huntingdonshire village who, over the past two millennia of England’s history, exercised power and influence both locally and on the national stage. The book gives a detailed biography of each of these characters, setting their lives in the wider context of English history from the time of the Romans to the present day.


An introduction to Chapter 27: The South African Campaign


A plaque in the church commemorates three men from Staughton who died during the Boer War; they were amongst a total of 100,000 who volunteered when the campaign began in 1899. This chapter tells the story of Lieutenant Grey William Duberly who fought in many of the major battles in the conflict. His return from South Africa was greeted with a great celebration in the village. Two of the sons of Rev. Henry George Watson also found themselves in South Africa during the conflict. One was Stephen Watson whose life is the subject of a later chapter and his brother Charles Gordon Watson, a doctor who witnessed the terrible scourge of cholera which killed more men than the conflict itself.


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NEXT WEEK: Chapter 28: Rev. Watson's talented sons.

The next chapter of the book will be uploaded to the website on Monday March 27


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Lt GW Duberly at Modder River
Lt GW Duberly at Modder River

Battle of Belmont
Battle of Belmont

Battle of Modder River
Battle of Modder River




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