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Private (later Bombardier) Albert Scanlan

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Albert Joseph Scanlan

Ancestor's date of birth: 25/12/1880

Ancestor's date of death: 24/12/1931

Cause of Death: Unknown

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Before the Boer War Albert was a miner in Gympie Qld

Service Number: 161

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Brisbane

Unit: 6th Queensland Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): BDR, Date Effective: 27/08/1918

Murray Page: 513

Contingent: Sixth Queensland

Ship: Victoria, Date of Sailing: 04/04/1901

Memorial details: Gympie and Widgie War memorial gates.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal, Orange Free State, SA 1901 and SA 1902 clasps. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height 166 cm, weight 77 kg (1914)

Reasons to go and fight: Unknown

Details of service in war: May 1901 - April 1902 in eastern Transvaal and Free State

Service and life after the Boer War: Worked as a Shoeing Smith for Cobb abd Co after Boer War, Was a middleweight boxer. Enlisted on 15 Sept 1914 service number 2319 Served in WWI as a driver and shoeing smith with the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade. Served in Egypt and France, made Bombardier (Farrier Corporal) on 27 August 1918. Married Elizabeth Day had 3 children Marlene, Albert Joseph and Desmond. He seperated from his family in 1930

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Dennis Joseph Scanlan, Carindale QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: 3rd Cousin (Grandfather's 1st Cousin)

Name of Descendant: Albert Joseph Scanlan, Logan QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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