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Trooper Charles Stevenson

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Charles Stevenson

Ancestor's date of birth: 29/09/1874

Ancestor's date of death: 19/12/1956

Cause of Death: age related

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Charles was born in Balranald NSW. (Some sources say Booligal.) He was a stockman and drover and at the time of his enlistment he was living in Wilcannia in far Western NSW. He and 2 others were farewelled from Wilcannia when they left by coach to join up and their departure and return was noted by the Barrier Miner.

Service Number: 381

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

Unit: 'D' Squadron New South Wales Citizens' Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 01/02/1900

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

Murray Page: 84

Contingent: Third New South Wales

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

Memorial details: buried in Griffith, NSW

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

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided.

Reasons to go and fight: All three of his brothers enlisted, Robert in NSWCB (the two brothers went from Wilcannia on the same coach and were only two numbers from each other in NSWCB) another brother Thomas (also from Wilcannia) enlisted in 3NSWMR.

Details of service in war: Service: April 1900 - April 1901 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including defence of Elands River Post (4-16 August 1900) where Charles was part of the relieving forces having fought at Koster River, in northern Transvaal, great De Wet hunt (February - March 1901) and advance on Petersburg. He returned to Australia on the Morayshire. Whilst in South Africa he won a foot race against all comers and was said by one newspaper report to be the fastest Australian in South Africa.

Service and life after the Boer War: He died in Griffith NSW; no other details provided.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Kay Mitchell, Griffith NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand daughter

 


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