Leyton Woodforde-Finden

Leyton Woodforde-Finden

Birth
Death 30 May 1900 (aged 20–21)
Douglas, Pixley ka Seme District Municipality, Northern Cape, South Africa
Burial Hampsthwaite, Harrogate Borough, North Yorkshire, England
Plot Cenotaph - likely to have been buried near where he fell
Memorial ID 156670022 · View Source
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Paget’s Horse was an elite unit whose four companies (51st, 52nd, 68th and 73rd) made up the 19th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry.
They were public school-educated men recruited through advertisements in gentlemen’s clubs.

The battalion was raised by George [Thomas Cavendish] Paget, the son of a British general and a compulsive amateur soldier with a penchant for getting himself involved in any conflict that afforded the chance of action. He never seems to have been a regular officer but served in the Russo- Turkish War of 1877-8 and the Greco-Turkish War of 1897, as well as the Zulu War in 1879. Although aged 46 when the Boer War broke out, he went out to South Africa as second-in-command of his regiment and proved himself to be a man of some courage, being wounded twice. A portly figure who felt at home in the dining rooms and smoking rooms of Pall Mall, Paget recruited 500 officers and men from a tiny, hopelessly inadequate room at the Imperial Yeomanry Committee’s offices in Suffolk Street. However, it at least had the advantage of being only a short stroll from the clubs of which he was a member. Paget’s Horse wore a badge made up of the letters PH which provided a source of instant merriment for the wags on the streets of London, who suggested that it stood for ‘Piccadilly Heroes’ or more commonly for ‘Perfectly Harmless’.

On the morning of the 30th May 1900 a small detachment of Paget’s Horse, led by Lt. J.G.B. Lethbridge, 52nd company, together with other Imperial Yeomanry units, Royal Canadian Artillery, and companies of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Own, was engaged in an action at Faber’s Put, in Griqualand West.
Lt. Lethbridge was severely wounded with his left forearm being shattered and Trooper Mather was mentioned in despatches for assisting in bringing in the Lieutenant under “very heavy fire.”
Casualties were heavy with Rose-Innes stating “twenty-six killed and fifty-one wounded” of the entire force engaged.


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IN MEMORY
OF
ERIC WOODFORDE-FINDEN,
LATE PAGETS HORSE,
DIED APRIL 15TH 1913, AGED 37.
ALSO OF
LEYTON WOODFORDE-FINDEN,
PAGETS HORSE,
KILLED IN ACTION NEAR DOUGLAS, SOUTH AFRICA,
MAY 30TH 1900, AGED 21.
ONLY SONS OF
LT. COLONEL W. WOODFORDE-FINDEN.


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  • Created by: DIMITRIOS CORCODILOS
  • Added: 2 Jan 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 156670022
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leyton Woodforde-Finden (1879–30 May 1900), Find a Grave Memorial no. 156670022, citing St Thomas Becket Churchyard, Hampsthwaite, Harrogate Borough, North Yorkshire, England ; Maintained by DIMITRIOS CORCODILOS (contributor 48461240) .