The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private (later Sergeant) Edward McCabe

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Edward McCabe

Ancestor's date of birth: 16/05/1879

Ancestor's date of death: 16/03/1944

Cause of Death: natural causes

Service Number: 401

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

Unit: 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: 10/12/1917

Murray Page: 502

Contingent: Fifth Queensland

Ship: Templemore or Chicago, Date of Sailing: 6 or 10/03/1901

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal, Orange Free State, SA 1901 and SA 1902 clasps. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Born in Ipswitch QLD. Height: 171 cm, weight: 75 kg (1916) of fresh complexion, with grey eyes and brown hair.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: April 1900 - March 1902 in east Transvaal, Free State including defeat at Mokari Drift (27 September 1901), and Natal border campaign including stand at Onverwacht (4 January 1902).

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Brisbane 30 April 1902 on the St Andrew and train from Sydney. Married, became a taxi-cab proprietor. Enlisted in 25 Bn AIF on 11 January 1916. Served in France. Wounded in action 22 April 1917. Promoted corporal 22 June 1917. Endured gas poisoning. Promoted Sergeant 10 December 1917. Wounded in action 3 October 1918. Returned to Australia 20 December 1918.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Betty McDonald, East Ipswich QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: great great grand daughter


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