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Trooper Alfred White

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Alfred White

Ancestor's date of birth: 25/03/1877

Ancestor's date of death: 1960's or 70's

Cause of Death: Last know address in 1956 Tacoma Washington USA

Service Number: 261

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

Unit: 4th Qld Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 01/01/19

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): CAPT, Date Effective: 01/01/19

Murray Page: 484

Contingent: 4th Queensland Contingent

Ship: Manchester Port, Date of Sailing: 18/05/1900

Other Boer War Service: Served as 39345 Alfred Richard White with the Canadian Scouts 12 November 1901

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Transvaal, and Orange Free State. King's South Africa Medal with SA1901 and SA1902.

Personal Characteristics: When he was in school he was often in trouble.Loved betting on race horses.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: June 1900 - June 1901 in Free State, Transvaal, and battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), great De Wet hunt and advance on Pietersburg and into east Transvaal under Plumer. Discharged from the 4th QIB for telling a Captain Berry that he was a "rank coward". By the time Alfred White joined, the Canadian Scouts had evolved into an irregular mounted corps of four squadrons, a machine gun battery, a troop of Black South African scouts, and a transport column, in all about 475 men. By this stage, however, most of the men in its ranks were not Canadians, but included men from throughout the British Empire. Known for disdaining standard military discipline, the Canadian Scouts gained a reputation as a group of hard-riding, implacable, and death-defying soldiers. They saw plenty of action and suffered a large number of casualties.

Service and life after the Boer War: Later in life he served in the US Army in the Phillipines and was commissioned rising to the rank of Captain.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Elizabeth White, Barraba NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Great Niece


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