The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private Benjamin Rudhall

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Benjamin Rudhall

Ancestor's date of birth: 1853

Ancestor's date of death: 03/02/1902

Cause of Death: Killed in Action at Amersfoort, South Africa.

Service and Life Before the Boer War: No details

Service Number: 76 (3 QMI) and 604 (6 QIB)

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

Unit: 3rd Queensland Mounted Infantry and 6th Queensland Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 1900

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

Murray Page: 468, 518, 541.

Contingent: Third Queensland and Seventh Queensland.

Ship: Duke of Portland, Date of Sailing: 02/03/1900

Ship: Britannic, Date of Sailing: 20/08/1901

Memorial details: Name on Memorial in King George Square, Brisbane. On the wall at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. Buried at Amersfoort South Africa.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Rhodesia, Transvaal, Relief of Mafeking, Natal, SA 1901 and SA 1902. Had he survived another couple ok months he would have qualified for the King's Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Unknown

Reasons to go and fight: Unknown

Details of service in war: April 1900 - April 1901 with 3 QMI in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including relief of Mafikeng (16-17 May 1900), defeat at Koster River (22 July 1900) and defence of Elands River Post (4-16 August 1900), and in northern Transvaal including battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), and advance on Pietersburg. With 6 QIB from October 1901 in east Transvaal near the Natal border. He was killed in action whilst on a Boer capture drive at Amersfoort south of Ermelo and 40 km east of Staderton in the eastern Transvaal on 3 February 1902.

Service and life after the Boer War: Did not survive the Boer War.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Linda Margaret Lawson, Chinchilla QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Granddaughter

Name of Descendant: Shirley Jane Graf, Cronulla NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: great granddaughter

Name of Descendant: Timna Green, Corinda QLD 4075
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Great Granddaughter


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