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Private (later corporal) Arthur Rigelsford

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Arthur (aka Jack) John Wesley Rigelsford

Ancestor's date of birth: 11/07/1875 Neville NSW

Ancestor's date of death: 01/01/1966 Gosford NSW

Cause of Death: Old Age

Service Number: 56

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

Unit: NSW Army Medical Team

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On transfer to Medical Corps

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): CPL, Date Effective: 17/07/1915

Murray Page: 22

Contingent: First NSW Contingent

Ship: Kent, Date of Sailing: 28/10/1899

Other Boer War Service: Gunner NSW Permanent Garrison Artillery (Royal Australian Artillery. Drafted as a driver for the NSW Army Medical Team.

Memorial details: Point Clare Cemetery

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Paardeburg, Driefontein, Cape Colony and Transvaal clasps. 1914-1915 Star, British War, VIctory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height: 181 cm, weight: 72 kg (1914).

Reasons to go and fight: Professional soldier 5 years and 77 days service.

Details of service in war: December 1899 - December 1900 in Cape Colony, Free State, and Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Married Rosalind. Became a timber cutter and lived at Point Clare NSW. He was also in WW1, No 84, 1 Battalion AIF, and 1MG Company. Enlisted 18 October 1914 and discharged 24 April 1918. Served at Gallipoli and in France.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Irene Butterworth, Stockton NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Daughter

Name of Descendant: David Burnett, Stockton NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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