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Bugler (later Major DSO MID) Andrew Dwyer

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Andrew James Dwyer

Ancestor's date of birth: 1882

Ancestor's date of death: Detail not provided

Cause of Death: Detail not provided

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Civil Servant, Teacher

Service Number: 631

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Detail not provided

Unit: 3rd Victorian Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: Bugler, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): MAJ, Date Effective: 09/09/1916

Murray Page: 251

Contingent: Third Victorian

Ship: Euryalus, Date of Sailing: 10/03/1900

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medals with Clasps, Distinguished Service Order, Mentioned in Despatches, 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: April 1900 - April 1901 as part of Vialls' 3rd Bushmen Regt in Rhodesia under Carington, west Transvaal including skirmish at Koster River where six killed (22 July 1900), and under Plumer in northern Transvaal including battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), great De Wet hunt including charge at Wolwekuil (14 February 1901) and advance on Pietersburg.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia: June 1901 on the Morayshire. Was a Civil Servant living at Northcote Victoria and unmarried in 1914. Joined the AIF on the outbreak of World War 1, commissioned with the rank of Captain in 5 Pioneer Battalion, served in France, promoted Major, Mentioned in Despatches, awarded the DSO was wounded and returned to Australia on 23 February 1917 on the Karoola. Promotion to Major was of a temporary nature and ultimately relinquished when he returned to Australia, by tradition, having worn the rank in the field, he would be entitled to use it in perpetuity.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Judy Cumming, Richmond VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: granddaughter

Name of Descendant: Andrew Dwyer, Jamieson VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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