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Trooper George Hartnett

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: George Augustus Hartnett

Ancestor's date of birth: 02/02/1866

Ancestor's date of death: 05/09/1958

Cause of Death: Uraemia, advanced arteriosclerosis

Service Number: 190 (QIB), 1755 (ILH)

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Queensland

Unit: 6th Queensland Imperial Bushmen and 2nd Imperial Light Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: On enlistment in ILH

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service (may have served in South Africa)

Murray Page: 513

Contingent: Sixth Queensland

Ship: Victoria, Date of Sailing: 04/04/1901

Memorial details: Platrand South Africa.

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with TVL, OFS, SA01 and SA02 clasps

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided.

Reasons to go and fight: In October 1898, George Hartnett, a prisoner on remand for embezzlement escaped from the Charters Towers lockup. He was later recaptured. George was an accountant and probably couldn't find work after that so he signed up.

Details of service in war: May 1901 - May 1902 With both the the 6th Queensland Imperial Bushmen and the 2nd Imperial Light Horse in the Orange Free State and Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Stayed on in South Africa and worked as an accountant. Died in Pretoria. Next of kin was given as his brother William Edward Hartnett because George wasn't married. He had a de facto relationship with Catherine Ann Alice Lee and had eight children, three of whom died as infants. According to family correspondence, George did not think that South Africa was 'a suitable place for (his family) to settle in'. So they stayed in Queensland and he sent them 'plenty of money to live on'.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Eleanor Moses, Chatswood NSW

Relationship to Ancestor: He was the husband? of my great grand aunt


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