The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Private Edward Hadfield|
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.
Name of Descendant: Joan Stebbing, Wahroonga NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Niece