The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Private Edward Hanson

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Edward Joseph Hanson

Ancestor's date of birth: 05/09/1878

Ancestor's date of death: 26/10/1950

Cause of Death: Heart attack

Service Number: 25

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Brisbane

Unit: 2nd Queensland Mounted Infantry

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No post war military service.

Murray Page: 460

Contingent: Second Queensland

Ship: Maori King, Date of Sailing: 13/01/1900

Memorial details: QMI Museum Enoggera QLD.

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Responsible, reliable, sense of humour, concerned with conditions of the soldiers and their horses.

Reasons to go and fight: Unknown - because by 1917 he was a leader of the QLD anti conscription campaign.

Details of service in war: March 1900 - March 1901 in Free State, west and east Transvaal. Met Lord Kitchener and the group was mistaken as English - was also an MP for the first months of his Boer war service.

Service and life after the Boer War: Summary of highlights: founder 1904 of QLD Plumbers and GasFitters Union; founder Buranda ALP Branch 1911; Member QLD Legislative Assembly 1924 to 1947; Speaker QLD Parliament 1939 to 1944.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Caroline Mann-Smith, Toowoomba QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand daughter


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