Private William Charles Puxley
Trip Start Oct 29, 2003
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Enter 20 year old Private Willam Puxley of the King's Royal Rifles. He was involved at the battle of Spionkop on January 24th 1900 where they were trying to free the city of Ladysmith that the Boers had laid siege to a couple of months previous
I won't go into the details but you can read more about the battle here.
Three Lancashire regiments were also involved and they bore the brunt of casualties. In fact, over 300 were killed and as a tribute to them Liverpool Football Club named a stand at their Anfield Stadium in their memory: the famous Kop end.
Fortunately, Private Puxley wasn't a Scouser (sorry Mel!) and so he came away from South Africa unscathed. I'm especially grateful for him not being a Scouser (sorry Mel!) because he was my great-grandfather. After serving in India in World War I he moved back to Poplar in east London where he worked on the docks - a stone's throw away from where I used to work at Canary Wharf.
After a day of history it was back to the lodge at the foot of the Drakensburg Mountains that separate South Africa from Lesotho. I had one day to do a hike and it couldn't have been sunnier. In fact it was too hot and sunny but fortunately there were a few streams to cool off in and fill the water bottle with. I finished six hours later a sweaty, achey, thirsty wreck. Good views though.
Thanks to Ray Puxley for providing the info on great-granddad.