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Private Edmund Geary

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Edmund Geary

Ancestor's date of birth: 21/06/1878

Ancestor's date of death: 07/08/1915

Cause of Death: Killed in action, Lone Pine, Gallipoli

Service Number: 344

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

Unit: 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 22/08/1914

Murray Page: 268

Contingent: Fourth Victorian

Ship: Victorian, Date of Sailing: 01/05/1900

Memorial details: Sp. Mem. C. 107 Lone Pine cemetery Gallipoli

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height: 171 cm, weight: 72 kg (1914), dark complexion, black hair, blue eyes.

Reasons to go and fight: Unsure

Details of service in war: May 1900 - June 1901 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal and Cape Colony including relief of Philipstown (11 February 1901), capture of Boer guns at Read's Drift (23 February), and capture of Boer patrol near Doornkloof (1 March 1901); contingent separated mid 1900 - early 1901, with C, D, and E squadrons on garrison duty in Rhodesia; it is not known what squadron Private Geary served in.

Service and life after the Boer War: Private Geary took his discharge in South Africa on 2 August 1901 and made his own way back to Australia. In 1914 he was unmaried and working as a labourer in Sydney NSW. Joined the AIF on 22 August 1914. Served with the 2nd Battilion was killed in action during the successful Lone Pine Offensive at Gallipoli 7-14 August 1915.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: John Hills, Moonee Ponds VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: 1st cousin twice removed


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