The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Trooper Albert Burrows

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Albert Edward Burrows

Ancestor's date of birth: 30/08/1876

Ancestor's date of death: 07/12/1955

Cause of Death: Heart Failure

Service Number: 463 and 733

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Not provided

Unit: 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen and 2nd Australiann Commonwealth Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 01/04/1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Did not serve after war

Murray Page: 270 and 316

Contingent: Fourth Victorian and First Australian

Ship: Victorian, Date of Sailing: 01/05/1900

Ship: St Andrew, Date of Sailing: 12/02/1902

Memorial details: Not provided

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with: Cape Colony, Rhodesia and Transvaal clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Nickname "Abe". 1.82 metres tall in statue. Had a lust of wondering off. Went to New Zealand shearing once. Worked on the irrigation channels at Mildura in 1917. Legend is that he once rode his horse into the public bar at  Wragges hotel Strathmerton. He enjoyed a 'drink'.

Reasons to go and fight: Not sure

Details of service in war: Disembarked Beira, Sth Africa on the 23 May 1900 and train to Umtali. Thence by foot to Marandellas arriving 11 July 1900.Operations Rhodesia,Transvaal and Cape Colony. Embarked with contingent from East London 22 June 1901 per Transport 'Orient'. Disembarked Melb 12th July 1901 and discharged. Embarked with 2nd battalion, Aust'n Commomwealth Horse from Melb per transport 'St Andrew' from Melb 12 Feb 1902.Disembarked Durban Sth Africa 10th March 1902 and by train to Newcastle. Operations from 7 May 1902 starting at Noitverwacht. Embarked Durban per transport 'Norfolk' 5 July 1902. Disembarked Melb 2 Aug 1902 and discharged.

Service and life after the Boer War: Married in December 1907. Had 6 children. Was a butcher by trade. Tried his hand as a wheat farmer for a time. His hand gun was a gift to him by the people of Strathmerton, Vic and presented on the eve of his departure for Sth Africa. The 'Webley' revovler is presently on display at 'Anzac House' in Melbourne. He had a brother Alexander Burrows who was KIA at Gallipoli in November 1915.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Robert Ian Burrows, Mt Waverley VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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