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Lance Corporal Frederick Knowles

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Frederick John Knowles

Ancestor's date of birth: 08/05/1872

Ancestor's date of death: 27/01/1931

Cause of Death: Chronic Nephritis, Chronic Myocarditis

Service Number: 139

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

Unit: 4th South Australian Bushman

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post boer war service.

Murray Page: 359

Contingent: Fourth South Australian

Ship: Manhattan, Date of Sailing: 01/05/1900

Memorial details: Detail not provided

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

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: The 4 SAIB were part of a composite Australian Bushmen Regiment under a Lieutenant Colonel Rowell. They fought at Bethlehem LCPL Knowles being captured for a short time at nearby Senekal in the Orange Free State. He was released in time to take part in the the relief of Elands River in the Transvaal. Took part in the pursuit of De Wet into the Cape; then back to the northern Transvaal and engagements around Standerton [Murray].

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 27 July 1901 on the Britannic. Did not see further service. Died 27 January 1931 of chronic nephritis and chronic myocarditis.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Ann Eagles, McKinnon VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Daughter


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