The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Trooper Edward Daft

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Edward Hanlon Daft

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1884

Ancestor's date of death: 01/01/1953

Cause of Death: An accident while riding a bycicle

Service Number: 425

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Braidwood

Unit: 5th Australian Commonwealth Horse - D Squadron

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): TPR, Date Effective: 20/10/1915

Murray Page: 193

Contingent: Third Australian Contingent

Ship: Columba, Date of Sailing: 02/05/1900

Memorial details: Interred at either Fairfield or Rookwood Cemeteries. His name is on the War Memorial at Braidwood NSW.

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal and SA 1902 clasps. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height: 167 cm, weight: 70.8 kg, of fresh complexion with brown eyes and brown hair.

Reasons to go and fight: He was under age when he joined most likely for adventure.

Details of service in war: The Third Australian contingent arrived after peace had been declared.

Service and life after the Boer War: In civilian life he was a butcher who worked at Braidwood. He Joined the AIF on 20 October 1914. He lost an eye 21/7/1915 during his service in WW1 at Gallipoli; as a result of a grenade (bomb) injury; he was returned to Australia 8 May 1916. He served as Trooper 245, 9 Light Horse.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Kathleen Eling, Cronulla NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Niece


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