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Trooper Francis Olorenshaw

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Francis Joseph Olorenshaw

Ancestor's date of birth: 18/01/1876

Ancestor's date of death: 18/08/1964

Cause of Death: Age

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Detail not provided

Service Number: 1037

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

Unit: D Squadron 2 Bn Australian Commonwealth Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1902

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service

Murray Page: 381

Contingent: First Australian

Ship: Manchester Merchant, Date of Sailing: 20/02/1902

Memorial details: Renmark SA

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal and South Africa 1902 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: The South Australian 'D' Squadron of 2 ACH disembarked at Durban on 14 March 1902 and proceeded by rail to Newcastle. Took part in operations around Newcastle and Botha's Post until 8 April, then moved by march and train to Klerksdorp. Was then part of the drive from Klerksdorp to Devondale Siding, the last great drive of the war. The sub-unit embarked at Durban on the Norfolk on 5 July 1902, disembarking at Largs Bay, South Australia on 31 July.

Service and life after the Boer War: Married in 1914 to Muriel Roper, they had 11 children. Ran Fruit Block at Renmark, only seven reached adulthood.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Betty Forsyth, Hackham SA
Relationship to Ancestor: Daughter

Name of Descendant: Martin Forsyth, Aberfoyle Park SA
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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