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Private Digby Willan

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Digby Hoskins Willan

Ancestor's date of birth: 21/04/1881

Ancestor's date of death: 30/06/1962

Cause of Death: Died following asthma attack

Service Number: 1219

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

Unit: Victorian Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: Detail not provided

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): TPR, Date Effective: Detail not provided

Murray Page: 292

Contingent: 5th Victorian

Ship: The Orient, the Argus or the City of Lincoln, Date of Sailing: 15/02/1901

Memorial details: "Wall of Honour" Beresfield Crematorium NSW, VMR Memorial, Melbourne.

Decorations: QSA, KSA Medals with Clasps, WW1 medals.

Personal Characteristics: Very good judge of character, strict disciplinarian, but fair and loyal family man

Reasons to go and fight: Considered his duty to fight for the British Empire

Details of service in war: CLICK HERE for a description of what the 5th VMR did during the war.

Service and life after the Boer War: Took up rural pursuits in Tamworth district NSW then enlisted in the Light Horse in 1915 serving in the Middle East returning after the War to his rural pursuits.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Rodney King Willan, Alstonville, NSW

Relationship to Ancestor: Son

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