The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Private George Lye|
Name of Ancestor: George Albert Lye
Ancestor's date of birth: 03/12/1872
Ancestor's date of death: 19/10/1948
Cause of Death: Cancer Prostate
Service Number: 183
Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Unknown- Tamworth?
Unit: 1 NSW Mounted Rifles
Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 01/01/19
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service.
Murray Page: 63
Contingent: First New South Wales
Ship: Not known, Date of Sailing: 17/01/1900
Memorial details: Detail not provided.
Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Orange Free State, and Transvaal clasps.
Personal Characteristics: A gentle man; a deep thinker & a hard worker. A good husband and father and community man - a friend to many and well respected by all he came in contact with.
Reasons to go and fight: A deep sence of patriotism and a desire to fight for his country.
Details of service in war: Fought in north-west Cape Colony, Free State, and Transvaal. Was invalided out and returned to Australia, arriving back on shore 6 December 1900.
Service and life after the Boer War: Became a tobacco and a rotated crop farmer in the New England region of NSW. Was an enthusiastic fresh water fisherman.
Name of Descendant: Peter George Cross, Lakelands NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson
Name of Descendant: Tony Paul, Cromer NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: He was my Great Grandfather's brother