The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Trooper Francis Joseph|
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.
Name of Descendant: William Edward Josephs, Nakara NT
Relationship to Ancestor: grandson