The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Trooper Edward Daft|
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.
Name of Descendant: Kathleen Eling, Cronulla NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Niece