The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Corporal Alfred Watson

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Alfred James Watson

Ancestor's date of birth: 1879

Ancestor's date of death: 22/01/1954

Cause of Death: Age related

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born at Albury.

Service Number: 62

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Riverina

Unit: 3rd NSW Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: CPL, Date Effective: 06/08/1902

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

Murray Page: 164

Contingent: Fifth New South Wales, Horsfall's 200, Departed with Second Commonwealth Contingent

Ship: Manhattan, Date of Sailing: 02/04/1902

Memorial details: Buried at Howlong NSW

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

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: The arrival of Horsfall's Riverina 200 built 3NSWIB up to its full operating strength. These recuits were assigned to existing Squadrons in Grundy's case to 'A' sqn making up a six Squadron regiment. The war ended only a few weeks after the arrival of these reinforcements and they were involved mainly in internal security duties and in disarming surrendering Boer soldiers.

Service and life after the Boer War: Most likely returned on the Drayton Grange no further details provided.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Helen Noelene Phibbs, Oxley ACT
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Niece


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