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Staff Sergeant (Later Warrant Officer) George Patrick Rauchle

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: George Patrick Rauchle

Ancestor's date of birth: 11/10/1866

Ancestor's date of death: 01/01/1963

Cause of Death: Old Age

Service Number: 1200

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Victoria Barracks Sydney

Unit: A Battery Royal Australian Artillery

Rank attained in Boer War: Battery Quartermaster-Sergeant (SSGT), Date Effective: between 1885 and 1899

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): WO2, Date Effective: 09/01/1914

Murray Page: 53

Contingent: Second New South Wales

Ship: Warrigal, Date of Sailing: 30/12/1899

Memorial details: North Fort Artillery Museum, Manly NSW, Army Museum, Victoria Barracks Paddington NSW.

Decorations: Queens Eygpt Medal, Khedive Star, Queens South African Medal with clasps, British War Medal, LSGCM.

Personal Characteristics: A young 18 year old from Emu Plains NSW when he joined the Army.

Reasons to go and fight: He was a member of the NSW Battery to Soudan in 1885. At the time of his death in 1963 he was remembered as the last member of the NSW Contingent to the Soudan War. Full time soldier in A Battery NSW Permanent Forces. This unit was the only permanent Australian unit to serve in South Africa.

Details of service in war: February 1900 - August 1901 in Cape Colony and Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Served ANMEF New Guinea 2/11/1914 to 11/12/15. 3rd Bty ANMEF Master Gunner. He joined 3 Battery Naval and Military Forces Tropical Unit in 1914 as a gunner he was promoted to sergeant 16/11/1914. Promoted Warrant Officer Class 2 9 September 1915. His medals are displayed in the museum at Victoria Barracks Paddington NSW. When George passed away, he was the last survivor of the Artillery contingent to the Boer War.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Ray Rauchle, Orange NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Relation: Grandson

Name of Descendant: Nita Bowers, Orange NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Relation: Grand Daughter

Relationship to Ancestor: Norma Corse, Orange NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Relation: Grand daughter

Name of Descendant: Thelma Swain, Port Macquarie NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Relation: Grand Daughter

Name of Sponsor: Lieutenant Colonel Terry Irwin MBE, OAM, ED, Retd, Orange NSW


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