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Trooper George Steele

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: George Henry Edward Steele

Ancestor's date of birth: 17/05/1873

Ancestor's date of death: 29/08/1933

Cause of Death: Age related

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born in Carcoar, NSW

Service Number: 898

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Bathurst

Unit: 'E' Squadron, 2 New South Wales Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 01/05/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service

Murray Page: 121

Contingent: Fifth New South Wales

Ship: SS Custodian, Date of Sailing: 17/03/1901

Memorial details: Detail not provided.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: Served in the western Transvaal from 23 April to 1 October 1901, the principal operations being the capture of Potgieters convoy on the Vaal 24 May, 1901; capture of general Delarey's convoy of 106 wagons, and a large quantity of cattle and ammunition. Then served in the eastern Transvaal; engaged in many night marches in resulting in over 1000 prisoners being captured. The during the year of 1901 his regiment travelled 6500 kilometres in every part of the Transvaal. One specially noteworthy feature was that, whilst constantly engaging the enemy only 18 men were taken prisoners and of them the large number were on the first flight at Koranafontein and through no fault of the men. No column made more night marches; one march made on the night of 11 March 1902 from Brugspruit over the difficult Wilge River to Dorneck, a distance of 72 kilometres which, with the return journey makes a distance of 120 kilometres is worthy of mention.

Service and life after the Boer War: Detail not provided.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Moraine Garcia, Lakemba NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Daughter

 


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