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Trooper (Later Sergeant MID) Edward Farrell

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Edward Nicholas Farrell

Ancestor's date of birth: 08/1880

Ancestor's date of death: Detail not provided

Cause of Death: Detail not provided

Service Number: 645

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW Place of Enlistment: Sydney

Unit: 2nd Regiment NSW Mounted Rifles

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: 04/12/1915

Murray Page: 114

Contingent: Fifth New South Wales

Ship: Custodian, Date of Sailing: 17/03/1901

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South African medal with Transvaal, SA 1901 and SA 1902 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Height: 179 cm, weight: 82.2 kg (1914) of dark complexion with blue eyes and brown hair.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: April 1901 - April 1902 in west then east Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Continued to serve in the NSWMR, total service 3 years including 15 months in South Africa. Lived in Wilton NSW, worked as a labourer, did not marry. Enlisted for WW1 on 26 August 1914 1st Light Horse Regiment, C Squadron. Served in Egypt, Gallipoli Peninsula and Palestine.

Mention in Despatches Recommendation date 6 July 1916 Mention in Despatches Recommendation date: 17 June 1917 Military Medal Recommendation date: 19 July 1917 Roumania Recommendation date 3 April 1918. MID recommendation was for 'Gallant and distinguished conduct in the field and other valuable services'. Returned to Australia 15 November 1918.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Anthony Joseph Barrett, Kuraby QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand nephew


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