Pre-World War I: The Boer War
In the South African Boer War of 1899 – 1902, six members of the local Artillery Volunteers went to fight with the British Army. They left from Newport station where station-master James Duncan kindly and optimistically gave them all return tickets. Sadly his kindness and optimism were to no avail, as only one of the volunteers returned. The names of the five lost are commemorated on a plaque in the Leng Chapel at Vicarsford cemetery. The plaque was unveiled at a memorial service on 24 May 1902.