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Archibald James Leofric Temple Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, Earl of Ava

(1863-1900), Lieutenant and war correspondent; son of 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava

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Janet P Durbin

03 September 2020, 11:06

Captain, Staff - Journalist, ex-17th Lancers. Wounded at Wagon Hill, Ladysmith 6th January 1900, died of wounds 11th January 1900 at Ladysmith. Aged 36. Son and heir of the Marquis of Dufferin and Ava. Born 28th July 1863. In 1899 he went to South Africa as a War Correspondent. He was killed while carrying a message. He was a Fellow of the Royal Colonial Institute.

Extract from The Last Post - Roll of Officers who fell in South Africa1 899-1902 by Mildred G Dooner, published by Naval and Military Press

Ava.—Archibald James Leofric Temple Blackwood, Earl of Ava, was wounded in the attack on Wagon Hill, Ladysmith, on Jan. 6th, 1900, and died on the 11th. He was the eldest son and heir of the Marquis and Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, was born July 28th, 1863, and educated at Eton (Mr. Marindin's). He joined the 17th Lancers, in which as Lord Clandeboye, he served for some years in India as a lieut. during the Marquis of Dufferin's term of office as Viceroy. Later on Lord Ava retired from the army. When the war broke out he went to South Africa as a War Correspondent and proceeded to Ladysmith. Being a keen sportsman and a first rate horseman, adventure of all kinds attracted him. He had served previously in South Africa under Lieut.-Gen. Lord Methuen, and had also prospected in the North-West of Canada. At Wagon Hill he was wounded, shot in the temple while taking a message from Sir Ian Hamilton. He is buried in the cemetery, close to Cemetery Hill. He was a Fellow of the Royal Colonial Institute, and his name is inscribed on a Memorial Tablet in the hall of the building in Northumberland Avenue, S.W.