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Lieutenant Claude Hugonin

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Claude Hugonin

Ancestor's date of birth: 15/04/1867

Ancestor's date of death: 02/05/1961

Cause of Death: Coronary Artery disease, arteriosclerosis.

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Claude sailed from England on 7 March 1890 on the ship Jumna, arriving in Queensland on 2 May 1890. He worked on sheep stations in the Longreach area before enlisting in the Boer War.

Service Number: 17 (2QMI) other service - officer, no number

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

Unit: 2nd Queensland Mounted Infantry and 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: LT, Date Effective: 01/03/1901

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

Murray Page: 460 and 492

Contingent: Second Queensland and Fifth Queensland

Ship: Maori King, Date of Sailing: 01/01/1900

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

Memorial details: Queensland Mounted Infantry Museum, Enoggera, Queensland.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queens Medal and four clasps including Transvaal, South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 (one month short of receiving the King's South Africa Medal).

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: From March 1900 in Free State, west and east Transvaal as a private with the 2nd QMI, invalided to Australia, arriving 25 August 1900. April 1901 - March 1902 as a lieutenant with the 5th QIB 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.

Service and life after the Boer War: In 1906 Claude worked as a Crown Lands Ranger in Geraldton (now Innisfail) district in Queensland. He remained in this position until 3 March 1910 when he was employed by Queensland Railway as a Time Keeper, resigning and retiring on the 14 September 1927 at age 60.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Isabel Vevey Burke
Relationship to Ancestor: daughter

Name of Descendant: Barry Burke, Minyama Sunshine Coast QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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