The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Trooper Charles Ellison

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Charles Edgar Ellison

Ancestor's date of birth: 09/11/1882

Ancestor's date of death: 01/01/1960

Cause of Death: age related

Service and Life Before the Boer War: He put up his age to 21 to join up.

Service Number: 57

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

Unit: 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 06/03/1901

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

Murray Page: 494

Contingent: Fifth Queensland Contingent

Ship: SS Templemore, Date of Sailing: 06/03/1901

Memorial details: A soldier's grave.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901, and South Africa 1902 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: He was adventurous but a quiet conservative shy man.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: Service: April 1901 - March 1902 in east Transvaal, Free State including defeat at Mokari Drift (27 September 1901), and Natal border campaign including stand at Onverwacht (4 January 1902) where 13 died and 17 wounded. Newspaper reports at the time show him as not returning at the same time as the unit but in South Africa awaiting passage to England.

Service and life after the Boer War: After the war he was a Queensland State School teacher. His service included Head teacher at Highworth, Rosemount and Bli Bli (1921-1934) schools.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Donald Alan Ellison, Cherrybrook NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Son

Name of Descendant: Jane Sheahan, Pennant Hills NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Daughter

Name of Descendant: Margaret Ennis, Galston NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Daughter


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