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Sergeant Garnet Gourlay

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Garnet Rupert Gourlay

Ancestor's date of birth: 15/05/1881

Ancestor's date of death: 19/10/1934

Cause of Death: Died in Bass Strait in the crash of the airplane 'Miss Hobart'

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Detail not provided

Service Number: 1183

Colony or State of enlistment: TAS, Place of Enlistment: Hobart

Unit: E Coy, 1 Bn Australian Commonwealth Horse

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): A/SGT, Date Effective: 9 June 1917

Murray Page: 569

Contingent: First Australian

Ship: Manchester Merchant, Date of Sailing: 16/02/1902

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal and SA 1902 clasps. British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height 170 cm, weight 58 kg (1916).

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: March - May 1902 on Natal border and west Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Married to Blanche, worked as a timber merchant, lived at sandsdowne crescent Hobart TAS. Enlisted in the AIF on 30 October 1916. Achieved the rank of sergeant, but ended the war as a corporal, was wounded in France 16 July 1918 when fighting with 40 Bn.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Beverley-Anne Rodan, West Melbourne VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: great grand daughter


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