The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Corporal Charles Cullen

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Charles Joseph Cullen

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1877

Ancestor's date of death: 13/08/1922

Cause of Death: Carcinoma of Stomach and debility age 46.

Service Number: 279

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Brisbane

Unit: 6th Queensland Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: CPL, Date Effective: 28/04/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): CPL, Date Effective: 27/09/1915

Murray Page: 515

Contingent: Sixth Queensland

Ship: Victorian, Date of Sailing: 04/04/1901

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height 180 cm, weight 75 kg.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: The 6th served side by side with the 7th New Zealanders and on the 2 February 1902 Col.Byng being then at Leibenberg's Vlei, to the west of Reitz, heard of a Boer convoy in the neighbourhood and at once pursued. The 6 QIB and the New Zealanders charged the enemy's rearguard with much gallantry whilst the South African Light Horse rushed the centre.After this, all the colomns in the district engagred in a big drive toward the railway;which operation ended on the 8 February when it was found that 300 prisoners had been taken.

Service and life after the Boer War: Married Margaret Ann, worked as an electrician's assistant, lived at Spring Hill, Victoria. He also served in WW1 #1334 8th Light Horse , joining the AIF on 7 September 1915 until 18 October 1918, saw service in Palestine. Lived in Fitzroy VIC when he returned to Australia.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Peter Cullen, Toowoomba QLD

Relationship to Ancestor: Nephew


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