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Trooper Charles Kelleher MM

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Charles Edward Kelleher

Ancestor's date of birth: 08/12/1878

Ancestor's date of death: 21/08/1940

Cause of Death: Detail not provided

Service Number: 289

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

Unit: NSW Citizens' Bushmen, C Squadron

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): TPR

Murray Page: 81

Contingent: Third New South Wales

Ship: Atlantian or Maplemore, Date of Sailing: 28/02/1900

Memorial details: NSW Lancers Memorial Museum, Parramatta NSW (a mention of the Jordan Valley action in the Regimental History)

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

Personal Characteristics: Height: 1.75 m, weight: 68 kg of tan complexion and brown hair (1916).

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: From April 1900 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including defence of Elands River Post (4-16 August 1900), and in northern Transvaal including the great De Wet hunt (February - March 1901) and advance on Petersburg. He was invalided to Australia, 30 March 1901

Service and life after the Boer War: When he returned to Australia, he continued to serve in the Light Horse. In 1916 he was married to Sarah Margaret, living in Redfern and working as a driver and labourer. He enlisted in the AIF on 6 June 1916 and served in Palestine with the 1st Light Horse. He was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry on 6 November 1917 (action took place at Tel el Nejila in Palestine).

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Eleanor Mary Thornton, Figtree NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Daughter

 


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