Friday 23rd December, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the loss of Private James Arnold Partridge a resident of Ramsey.
He was the son of Elizabeth M. Partridge, from Blyth, Northumberland, England. Private Partridge served with the South African Horse 1st Infantry Brigade.During World War I, the Brigade served as a British formation in Egypt and on the Western Front, most famously the Battle of Delville Wood. It was reactivated at the start of the Second World War as a South African formation and served in East Africa and the Western Desert however the Brigade disbanded on 1st January, 1943.
According to records, Private Partridge was sadly killed during action by his own forces who did not hear his reply when challenged due to the wind.He is buried in Iringa Cemetery, Tanzania.At 6:30 p.m. on Friday, a cross will be placed at the Town's War Memorial and a minute's silence observed, to mark the 100th anniversary of his loss. If there are any family members wishing to attend, please contact the Town Hall on 810100. Members of the public are also welcome to attend.