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Sergeant Frederick Beckhaus

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Frederick Beckhaus

Ancestor's date of birth: 28/11/1874

Ancestor's date of death: 16/06/1935

Cause of Death: After two years of severe illness, died from Chronic Myocarditis; Acute Bronchitis

Service Number: 494

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW Place of Enlistment: Detail not provided

Unit: New South Wales Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: SGT, Date Effective: Detail not available

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post was military service

Murray Page: 94

Contingent: Fourth New South Wales

Ship: Armenian, Date of Sailing: 23/04/1900

Memorial details: Buried 17 June 1936 at Catholic Cemetery, Rookwood NSW

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with: Cape Colony, Transvaal, Rhodesia, Orange Free State, SA 1901 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Believed to have studied as a chemist.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: From May 1900 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including capture of de la Rey's convoy and guns at Wildfontein (24 March 1901) and Orange Free State. Believe he worked within HQ and with the CO (Colonels Mackay then Le Mesurier) on administrative matters. Invalided to Australia, arrived 12 August 1901.

Service and life after the Boer War: NSW Police. Mounted Police Sergeant. Loved horses throughout. Many two year country placements. Long Service Medal. Imperial Service Medal (awarded 1930). Married Adelaide Maude Cook at Enfield NSW (Dec'd 1950)on 24/8/1904. Three Children Cyril, Railway Police (Dec'd); Eva Maria, Home duties (Dec'd 1983); Veronica, Management and home duties aged 94 now advanced alzheimers and at Strathdale aged care facility, Strathfield NSW since 2001.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Thomas Kerry Nash, Caringbah NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson (consanguinity i.e. blood)

Name of Descendant: Patricia Kathleen Payne nee Beckhaus, Emu Plains NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Granddaughter [daughter of Cyril]

Name of Descendant: Belinda Kathleen Gramza, Werrington County NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Granddaughter [daughter of patricia]

Name of Descendant: Andrew Edward Payne, Newtown NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grandson [son of Patricia]


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