The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Private Charles Roach

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Charles Frederick Roach

Ancestor's date of birth: 23/10/1877

Ancestor's date of death: 22/11/1937

Cause of Death: Heart attack

Service Number: 55

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

Unit: 1st Victorian Mounted Rifles

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No record of post Boer War Military Service

Murray Page: 227

Contingent: First Victorian

Ship: Medic, Date of Sailing: 28/10/1899

Memorial details: VMR Memorial Melbourne

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Certificate of Discharge states: Character Very Good.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: November 1899 - October 1900 in northern Cape Colony including defence of Pink Hill where five killed (12 February), in Free State, and in east Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia: 4 December 1900 on Harlech Castle. Upon his return from the war he joined his father as a railway worker until his retirement at age 60. He was married to Florence Oram and they had 4 children, Charles (my grandfather), Harold, Ronald & Basil. The only significant memory my father (Ronald Leslie Roach) was able to provide of his grandfather prior to is own death was that on my fathers 6th birthday on 22 November 1937 he was sent from his home to his grandparents house at Wheatland Rd. Malvern to collect some utensils for the party to be informed that Charles had passed away that morning due to a heart attack.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Malcom Warren Roach, Ormond VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grandson


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