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Squadron Sergeant Major (Later Captain, MC) Edward McNabb

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Edward James McNabb

Ancestor's date of birth: 17/11/1878

Ancestor's date of death: 14/05/1950

Cause of Death: Gassed during the first world war. Died at Concord Military Hospital. Cremated at Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens, North Ryde, Sydney.

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Drover and Shearer.

Service Number: 1586

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Cobar

Unit: 3rd New South Wales Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: WO2, Date Effective: 27/08/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): CAPT, Date Effective: 23/07/1916

Murray Page: 135

Contingent: Fifth New South Wales

Ship: British Princess, Date of Sailing: 21/03/1901

Memorial details: Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens, North Ryde, Sydney

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Military Cross, Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 clasps, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: Discharge Certificate He was enrolled on the 27 February 1901, his conduct and character while in the service have been Exemplary, Discharge dated at Sydney 12 June 1902. Served May 1901 - May 1902 in west then east Transvaal then west Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Married Florence. Served in World War 1. Enlisted 5 May 1915, commissioned Second Lieutenant 18 Bn AIF 1 June 1915, Lieutenant 16 April 1916, promoted Captain at the Brigade Transport Office, 23 July 1916 and shortly after on the 30 September 1917 received the Military Cross "For exceptionally conscientious work and devotion to duty as Brigade Transport Officer ever since landing in France ... He is absolutely fearless in the execution of his duty and nightly at Pozieres conducted his transport convoy through the enemy's barrage of Shells in Sausage Valley, with coolness combined with pluck and dash.".

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Jennie Carter, GRIFFITH NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: granddaughter


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