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Private Charles Legge

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor:Charles Ernest Legge

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/05/1874

Ancestor's date of death: 01/05/1913

Cause of Death: Not stated

Service Number: 1440 and 161

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

Unit: B Squadron NSW Imperial Bushmen and B Company 5th Battilion Australian Commonwealth Horse

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No details of post Boer war service provided

Murray Page: 95 and 189

Contingent: Fourth New South Wales and Third Australian

Ship: Armenian, Date of Sailing: 23/04/1900 (NSWIB)

Ship: Columbian, Date of Sailing: 22/05/1902 (ACH)

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Queen and King's South Africa Medals with clasps

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: From May 1900 in Rhodesia and west Transvaal including capture of de la Rey's convoy and guns at Wildfontein (24 March 1901) invalided to Australia he arrived on the 2nd August 1901. He re-enlisted on the 21/4/1902 and was with the 5th Battilion Australian Commomwealth Horse. This splendid battilion had no chance of displaying its capabilities, the war having ended before its arrival. During its short stay in South Africa half the battilion was stationed at Newcastle Natal, and the other half at Durban and subsequently at Gilletts, Natal. The Battilion again embarked at Durban on the transport Manchaster Merchant on 1st July and disembarked at Sydney on 1st August 1902 having called at Albany, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Hobart en route.

Service and life after the Boer War: Detail not provided.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: George Legge, Melbourne VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Nephew


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