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Trooper Francis Joseph

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Francis William Joseph (Josephs)

Ancestor's date of birth: 27/11/1883

Ancestor's date of death: Not known

Cause of Death: Not known

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Had not long left school, was working as a labourer.

Service Number: 548

Colony or State of enlistment: SA, Place of Enlistment: Adelaide

Unit: 6th South Australian Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: 01/01/1916

Murray Page: 375

Contingent: Sixth South Australian

Ship: Warrigal, Date of Sailing: 06/04/1901

Memorial details: Not known

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

Personal Characteristics: Height 173 cm, weight 78 kg (1914).

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: May 1901 - March 1902 Free State including defence of Graspan (6 June 1901) and charge at Grootvlei (2 August 1901).

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 27 April 1902 on the Manchester Merchant. Worked as a labourer, married Gladys Ellen, lived in Adelaide. Joined the 3rd Light Horse AIF on 27 November 1914. He served in Egypt and Palestine, promoted sergeant from January to March 1916, he served in Egypt and Palestine in the 3rd and 11th LH, then finally in the Australian Postal Corps. He was discharged in Adelaide in August 1919. Some of his time on active service was spent in hospital with an unspecified STD.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: William Edward Josephs, Nakara NT
Relationship to Ancestor: grandson


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