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Sergeant Alfred Pounceby

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Alfred Pounceby aka Pownceby

Ancestor's date of birth: 1848

Ancestor's date of death: 1905

Cause of Death: Not stated

Service Number: 11

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: not stated

Unit: A Squadron NSW Citizens' Bushmen

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

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

Murray Page: 76

Contingent: Third NSW Contingent

Ship: Atlantian or Maplemore, Date of Sailing: 28/02/1900

Ship: Travelled privately to South Africa to serve with the Prince of Wales' Light Horse.

Other Boer War Service: #33798 as Sgt in the Prince of Wales' Light Horse, enlisted in Capetown 17 May 1901, Greenpoint.

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps for Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, SA 1901, SA 1902.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: He had served in the British Army prior to emigrating to Australia.

Details of service in war: He served with the NSW Citizens' Bushmen, from April 1900 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including defence of Elands River Post (4-16 August 1900). At Elands he suffered facial wounds and lost teeth, he was invalided to Australia 13 December 1900, wounded. He returned to South Africa and joined the Prince of Wales Light Horse. The Prince of Wales' Light Horse was a unit of the South Afrcan Military, it was engaged near Colesberg about 12 February 1901. On this date the Boers attacked an empty convoy returning Bloemfontein. The escort held its own, and being reinforced by a detachment of the Prince of Wales' Light Horse, drove off the enemy. The despatch of 8 July 1901 shows the Prince of Wales's Light Horse to have been 500 strong shortly before that date. The corps was afterwards taken to Cape Colony, where they had a good deal of skirmishing, and on 14 November 1901 suffered casualties near Brande Kraal and Vogelfontein.

Service and life after the Boer War: Presumably he remained in South Africa, no further details supplied.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Ann Teasdale, Wondonga VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grand Daughter


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