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Staff Sergeant Archibald Mason

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Archibald Joseph MASON

Ancestor's date of birth: 23/12/1872

Ancestor's date of death: 05/01/1948

Cause of Death: Archie was found deceased in his home at Harris Park on 5 January 1948

Service Number: 133

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

Unit: B Squadron 1st New South Wales Citizens' Bushmen Contingent

Rank attained in Boer War: SSGT, Date Effective: 28/02/1900

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

Murray Page: 78

Contingent: Third New South Wales

Ship: SS ATLANTIAN, Date of Sailing: 28/02/1900

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Archibald was the oldest son of John James MASON and his wife, Charlotte and was employed as a drover prior to enlistment. Army Records show a DOB as 23 December 1862 but believe it to be 1872.

Reasons to go and fight: Volunteer

Details of service in war: Attempting to research the history of 1st NSW Citizens' Bushmen Contingent - "B" Squadron as he was the Squadron Sergeant Major. Served from April 1900 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including defence of Elands River Post (4-16 August 1900), and northern Transvaal. He was invalided to Australia, 16 November 1900

Service and life after the Boer War: Was invalided to Australia and arrived back in Nov 1900 as there was a civic reception conducted for him in Penrith NSW on 28 November 1900 and recorded in Sydney Morning Herald 3 December 1900.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: John POTTER, WHEELERS HILL VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Nephew on father's side


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