The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Private Edward Hadfield

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Edward Albert Hadfield

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1878, Dunedin NZ

Ancestor's date of death: 07/01/1954

Cause of Death: Not Stated

Service Number: 392

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Detail not provided

Unit: NSW Imperial Bushmen, D Squadron

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post war service

Murray Page: 100

Contingent: Fourth New South Wales

Ship: Armenian, Date of Sailing: 23/04/1900

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Orange free State, Transvaal, Rhodesia and SA 1901.

Personal Characteristics: He was an Adventurer

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: While serving with the NSW Imperial Bushman he was captured by the Boers on their first charge at a Kopje at Ottonhoop. He was reported missing on the 27 August 1900. He was taken to Lychtenburg Goal then to Klerksdorp, afterwards he was moved to Bloemfontein on the Vaal River. Released after 5 days to walk 190 kilometres to Kimberley, the walk lasted 6 days. He returned to Australia on the transport Orient on the 17 July 1901.

Service and life after the Boer War: No details provided.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Joan Stebbing, Wahroonga NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Niece


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