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Boer War claims the life of "Harry"

Frederick James Kearvell 1876 - 1900

Known as "Harry" born in Bosham the son of Charlotte Kearvell 1848-Unk. Died during the Boer War, by which time he was using the surname Levett of his stepfather. (See Family Articles)

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At some time before or at the start of the Second Boer War (1899-1902), Frederick joins the Royal Field Artillery and enlists using Levett as his surname. He is 8524 Gunner Levett of the 67th Battery. This battery is to see action at the Battle of Talana (October 1899) and the Defence of Ladysmith. His service in these campaigns entitled him to the Queens South Africa Medal with the Talana and Defence of Ladysmith clasps. On 5 February 1900 at Ladysmith, Frederick dies of enteric fever (typhoid). He is buried at Intombi Camp Cemetery at Ladysmith and his name is inscribed on the cemetery memorial.
A view of the cemetery near the Intombi Spruit taken soon after the hospital tents have been removed. Here lie buried 662 men. 15 officers, 630 other ranks and 15 civilians.  The first burial took place on 8 November 1899 and the last on 23 March 1900.
If you wish to read more about the Military Hospital and Cemetery erected during the Siege of Ladysmith please “click” here