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Trooper Alexander McIntyre

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Alexander McIntyre

Ancestor's date of birth: 30/07/1880

Ancestor's date of death: 28/03/1971

Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Flour Miller/Accountant

Service Number: 2446

Colony or State of enlistment: Not Australia, Place of Enlistment: Capetown,South Africa

Unit: 3rd NSW Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 25/11/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service.

Murray Page: 159

Contingent: Fifth New South Wales

Ship: Travelled privately to South Africa

Memorial details: Cremated Northern Suburbs Crematorium Sydney

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal, SA 1901 and SA 1902 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Gentle, kind man. 182 cm tall with fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair. Wore a moustache.

Reasons to go and fight: Alex was from a long line of flour millers and he felt it was not the occupation for him, so he studied accountancy. After the outbreak of the Boer War he decided he would like to enlist. He tried to enlist in Sydney but was rejected due to being underweight, so obtained a position on a ship as a horse handler and carer bound for the Boer War. Being a country boy and loving horses, wanted to be a trooper and in the meantime decide what he wanted to do with his life. On arrival in Capetown he enlisted and was successful, and he became part of the 3 NSW Imperial Bushmen.

Details of service in war: November 1901 - May 1902 in east Transvaal then west Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: After his discharge on 3 May 1902 at Green Point he decided to remain in Capetown, where he met and married a girl of Heugenot descent, became the father of 2 boys and did not return to Australia with his family until 1910. He resumed is accountancy role and did so for many years, finally owning a grocery store in West Ryde NSW, employing his sons. Sadly the store closed in the depression. He moved to Wagstaff NSW where he lived until the death of his wife. He moved to Boddington Red Cross Home at Wentworth Falls NSW where he passed away in 1971.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Alexander McIntyre, Glenhaven NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandfather

 


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