The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Private Alfred Sawdy

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Alfred James Sawdy

Ancestor's date of birth: 1866

Ancestor's date of death: 11/02/1908

Cause of Death: Heart Attack

Service and Life Before the Boer War: A baker, married with 2 children.

Service Number: 172

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

Unit: E Company, 3rd Queensland Mounted Infantry

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 1900

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

Murray Page: 470

Contingent: Third Queensland

Ship: Duke of Portland, Date of Sailing: 01/03/1900

Memorial details: Not known.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Rhodesia, Relief of Mafeking and Transvaal clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Unknown

Reasons to go and fight: Unknown

Details of service in war: April 1900 - April 1901 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including relief of Mafeking (16-17 May 1900), defeat at Koster River (22 July 1900) and defence of Elands River Post (4-16 August 1900), and in northern Transvaal including battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), and advance on Pietersburg.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia June 1901 on Morayshire and train from Sydney. Returned to family and civilian life.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Janelle Elizabeth Hillberg
Relationship to Ancestor: Great garandaughter


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