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Private Edward Fell

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Edward John Fell

Ancestor's date of birth: 25/05/1866

Ancestor's date of death: 15/01/1955

Cause of Death: Old Age

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Served with 2 Bn Argylls 1891-1898 India, 1897-98 on the Punjab Frontier.

Service Number: 3807

Colony or State of enlistment: Not Australia, Place of Enlistment: Aldershot UK

Unit: D Coy 1 Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 08/10/1890

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT (Corps of Commissionaires)

Murray Page: Not applicable, did not serve in an Australian unit.

Contingent: Not applicable

Ship: SS Orcana, Date of Sailing: 27/10/1899

Memorial details: Stirling Castle, Scotland

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: India Medal; Queen's South Africa Medal with Modder River, Paardeberg and Transvaal clasps; King's South Africa medal with South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: A serving soldier.

Details of service in war: 1 Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders arrived in Cape Town around 18 November 1899. They first saw action at the Modder River on 28 November 1899. On the right, their losses were nearly double those of any other battalion engaged, being about 20 men killed, 2 officers and 93 men wounded. Magersfontein, where a deployment en train when the entrenched Boers started firing the saw the Argylls mixed in with the Gordons, laying out in the blistering sun all day under sniper fire. At Paardeberg he was back in the field, the losses were again heavy 13 non-commissioned officers and men with the battalion were killed, and 7 officers and 78 men wounded. Edward Fell was one of the wounded. Having been severely wounded, he rejoined his unit in Pretoria where they were deployed guarding the rail line to Lorenco Marques. At the end of September the battalion was withdrawn from the Delagoa line and sent west of Pretoria, and for some months they assisted in guarding Rustenburg, Oliphant, and Megato Neks, and escorted convoys from Commando Nek to Rustenburg. Thirteen officers and 22 non-commissioned officers and men were mentioned in Lord Roberts' final despatches. The battalion continued to serve in the Transvaal during the guerrilla phase of the campaign until the end of the war in May 1902.

Service and life after the Boer War: Was chosen to be part of the King's Coronation Parade 1902. Then served in the Corps of Commissionaires. The Corps of Commissionaires was founded in 1859 by Captain Sir Edward Walter KCB. Walter was the first to find an effective remedy for providing jobs for ex service men. It is the oldest security company in the world. Currently trading as 'Corps Security', the head of the company has always been the British monarch. This tradition began with Queen Victoria and continues through to the present day with Queen Elizabeth II. In 2009, the Corps celebrated its 150th anniversary with a reception hosted at St James's Palace by the Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Brian David Waters, Hobartville NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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