The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Corporal Archibald Elliot

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Archibald Elliot

Ancestor's date of birth: 1854

Ancestor's date of death: 12/10/1904

Cause of Death: Heart Failure

Service Number: 1510

Colony or State of enlistment: Not applicable, Place of Enlistment: South Africa

Unit: C Squadron South African Light Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: CPL, Date Effective: Detail not available

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Did not serve after the Boer War

Murray Page: Not applicable, did not serve in an Australian unit

Contingent: Not applicable

Ship: Travelled privately to South Africa

Other Boer War Service: Not known but currently trying to obtain service record from South Africa.

Memorial details: Buried at Bloemfontein Cemetery according to death certificate.

Awards/Decorations: Not known (presumably Queen's and King's South Africa Medals with clasps)

Personal Characteristics: Born Jedburgh, Scotland. To Australia in 1880s. Married Annie COLLARD at Bendigo, Vic 1888, 2 sons. Was a saddler(as was his father in Jedburgh).

Reasons to go and fight: Don't know

Details of service in war: Served as a Saddler-Corporal in C Company South Africa Light Horse 5 December 1899 until discharge on 25 February 1901. The South African Light Horse was also known as the Imperial Light Horse. Its first engagement was the Battle of Elandslaagte on 21 October 1899. The Regiment subsequently saw service at the Siege of Ladysmith, Colenso, the Battle of Spion Kop and the Relief of Ladysmith. At Spioenkop, the SALH was successful in capturing Commandant Hendrik Frederik Prinsloo, the commander of the Carolina Boer Commando. The SALH was then specially selected to join the Mafeking Relief Column. Eight men of the SALH were the first to enter Mafeking on the night of 16/17 May 1900 to break the siege, followed up by the joint relief columns the following morning. 209 men who had been involved in Relief of Ladysmith and 33 who had been besieged there were in Mahoon's Column as were 420 men who had been in the Defence of Kimberley. The SALH went on to fight in the South African Republic and the Orange Free State Republic until the end of the war.

Service and life after the Boer War: Don't know why he did not return to Australia after Boer War. His wife died when my mother was a child .

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Patricia Ann Lovegrove, VALLA NSW 2448
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand daughter


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