The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Lance Corporal Edward Chesher|
Name of Ancestor: Edward Brown Chesher
Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1879
Ancestor's date of death: 02/09/1900
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Service Number: 333
Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Forbes
Unit: NSW Citizens' Bushmen C squadron
Rank attained in Boer War: LCPL, Date Effective: 01/01/19
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Did not survive Boer War
Murray Page: 81 and 204
Contingent: Third New South Wales
Ship: Atlantian or Maplemore, Date of Sailing: 28/02/1900
Memorial details: Reinterred at Petronella, north of Pretoria - memorial garden
Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps: Johannesburg, Relief Of Mafeking, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, Rhodesia
Personal Characteristics: Raised in Eugowra NSW.
Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided
Details of service in war: From April 1900 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including defence of Elands River Post (4-16 August 1900), and in northern Transvaal. Killed in action, Kaneel Poort 02 September 1900.
Service and life after the Boer War: Did not survive Boer War.
Note: Young men such as Edward Chesher who were killed did not have direct descendants. I am the only family member who has taken an interest in his memory. I have written his story, have visited his memorial on the veldt in South Africa and the memorials in Canberra, Forbes and Eugowra where his name is written. His brother, George Chesher, also went to the Boer War and he returned.
Helen Reichenbach Melbourne
Name of Descendant: Mrs Helen Reichenbach, Montmorency VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Great niece
Name of Descendant: Raymond Chesher, Port Macquarie NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great nephew