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The Press Association states that the 1st Battalion of the Rifle Brigade, stationed at Parkhurst, Isle of Wight, has received orders to be in readiness to proceed to the Cape if necessary. The 4th Battalion of the same brigade at Dublin have had a similar intimation. On the word of command being given they will mobilise at Aldershot.

(Evening Express, 8th September 1899)

The Imperial Yeomanry

Princess Henry of Battenburg, who was appointed governor of the Isle of Wight on the death of her husband, reviewed the Isle of Wight contingent of the Imperial Yeomanry who have volunteered for service in South Africa. The men, numbering 47, under Captain Seely, were drawn up in line in front of the Town-hall, East Cowes. Princess Henry briefly addressed them, expressing the satisfaction of the Queen and herself at the gallantry displayed by the Isle of Wight men in offering themselves for active service. The contingent afterwards left for Christchurch, where the mobilisation of the Hants men takes place.

(Evening Express, Thursday 11th January 1900)



The Revising Barrister at Newport (Isle of Wight), on an objection from the Liberal side, on Wednesday, struck out the names of about seventy men of the 1st Rifle Brigade, late of Parkhurst, and now in South Africa, on the ground that they had been absent for a longer period than the statutory four months.

(The South Wales Daily Post, Thursday 20th September 1900)

Princess Henry of Battenberg, on the 18th inst. unveiled a tablet in Ryde Town Hall to commemorate the services of Ryde Volunteers and Yeomanry in the war. The hall was crowded, and among these were the Mayor and Mayoress of Newport, Mr. and Mrs. F. Mew, Colonel Cradock, lately in command of the Isle of Wight Volunteers, and the Vicars of Newport and Ryde. While the guests were assembling Mr. Mander, organist of the parish church, played a selection of music, and as the Princess entered he played the National Anthem. The Princess was led to a raised dais by the Mayor of Ryde, Mr. M. Maybrick, and was there received by the Mayoress, little Miss Maybrick handing to the Princess a bouquet of flowers. The Princess was attended by Miss Bulteel and Major the Hon. F. Colborne. On either side of the dais stood the aldermen and councillors in their robes, and the Princess was preceded by the borough mace-bearer. The tablet, covered with a veil of scarlet plush, was guarded by a file of volunteers.

The Mayor said that it afforded them all great pleasure to have the honour of assuring Princess Henry of their gratitude to her for her kindness in being present to unveil the tablet.

(The North Wales Times, Saturday 23st November 1901)

Arthur Fabian, who served through the South African campaign, has been remanded at Newport, Isle of Wight, on a charge of attempting suicide by trying to blow out his brains with a double-barrelled gun.

(Rhyl Record and Advertiser, Saturday 31st January 1903)

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