The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private David Swan

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: David Edgar Swan

Ancestor's date of birth: 05/1881

Ancestor's date of death: 1911

Cause of Death: TB of the spine.

Service Number: 383

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Melbourne

Unit: 6 Bn Australian Commonwealth Horse, 1 TP D Squadron

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

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

Murray Page: 333

Contingent: Third Australian Contingent

Ship: Manchester Merchant, Date of Sailing: 16/05/1902

Memorial details: Details not provided

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with SA 1902 clasp

Personal Characteristics: Had served two years in the Yanc Yanc Rifle Club. Height: 181 cm, complexion: "red"

Reasons to go and fight: Difficulties in finding farm work - Drought conditions.

Details of service in war: Unit arrived after the conclusion of the peace treaty, disembarked in Natal, then were ordered back to Australia.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 7 August 1902 on the Britannic. Continued to work as a boundary rider until his death at a young age.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Jim Walker, Point Lonsdale VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Nephew


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