The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Captain Alfred George Adie

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Alfred George Adie

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1872

Ancestor's date of death: 29/01/1915

Cause of Death: Died at 42, cause not stated

Service Number: Officer - no number

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

Unit: A Company, 1st Qld Mounted Infantry with rank lieutenant (8/12/1898)

Rank attained in Boer War: CAPT, Date Effective: 04/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer war promotions

Murray Page: 450 and 509

Contingent: First Queensland and Sixth Queensalnd

Ship: Cornwall, Date of Sailing: 01/11/1899

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

Other Boer War Service: He also served with the 6th Queensland Imperial Bushman as a captain and adjutant.

Memorial details: Buried at the Tamrookum All Saints Church Cemetery Beaudesert Qld

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with 3 Clasps and King's South Africa Medal with 2 clasps

Personal Characteristics: Brave soldier

Reasons to go and fight: A serving officer

Details of service in war: Sunnyside, Diefontein, Vet River, Zand River, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Reit Vlei and Zelilal's Nek. He was dangerously wounded at Sunnyside on the 1/1/1900. He was Invalded to England 16/11/1900. He returned to Australia on board the Orient on the 17/1/1901, then back again with the 6QIB in April 1901. With the 6QIB he served: May 1901 - April 1902 in eastern Transvaal and Free State.

Taken from an article in the Brisbane Courier Mail newspaper 1991 concerning the action at Sunnyside on 1 January 1901: "The troops were 200 Queensland Mounted Infantry and 100 Canadians, supported by two Canadian guns, under the command of British Army Lt Col Pilcher. As they marched to within 5 km of the Boer positions, a forward patrolling party of four Queenslanders under Lt Adie suddenly found themselves confronted by 14 Boers. The enemy soldiers at once opened fire, wounding Lt Adie. Pte WM Butler immediately gave the disabled officer his horse. The first volly caused Pte Rose's horse to bolt, but he returned immediately to give assistance to the others, being wounded in the leg in doing so. LT Col Pilcher then gave the the order for general advance, and the enemy's fire was drawn away from the patrol. The detatchment of the QMI then worked its way around the Boer flank and enemy fire ceased. The white flag was raised, and 35 Boers surrended to Capt [later General Sir] Harry Chauvel."

Service and life after the Boer War: He returned to Australia 17 June 1902 on the Devon. No further information was provided on his life after the war, he passed away in 1915 at the young age of 42.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Lillian Buck, Forest Lake QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Daughter

Name of Descendant: Joy Winifred White, Forest Lake QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Daughter


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