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Private Gilbert Daveney

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Gilbert Daveney (on Murray list spelt as Deveney)

Ancestor's date of birth: 1866

Ancestor's date of death: 1935

Cause of Death: Not stated

Service Number: 18

Colony or State of enlistment: WA, Place of Enlistment: Perth

Unit: 4 Troop, 3 WA Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 8/11/1915

Murray Page: 411

Contingent: Third Western Australian

Ship: Maplemore, Date of Sailing: 13/03/1900

Memorial details: Not known

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, Rhodesia and SA 1901 clasps. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Drover and surveyor by occupation. Height 171 cm, weight 52 kg (1915).


On the 17 March 1883, the Surveyors party with Gilbert Daveney in charge left Warwick for Dalgonally, George Essex Evans, the Queensland Poet among them.
The members of this party in the photo are:-
[Standing, left to right] The cook, whose name I have forgotten. Gilbert Daveney, Assistant, son of Captain Charles B Daveney. Manager of Canning Downs in the sixties, Horse Driver, Axeman. 
[In front] Martin Hogg RN. A licensed surveyor who worked in the Gladstone District for a time. Hogg had accompanied the then Prince of Wales to Canada, in1860. He was a fair draftsman, but a very good cook; he strongly objected however, to being called so by anyone who passed the camp when he was acting in the latter capacity - "Cook be d---d"
He would cry out. "I'm a retired Lieutenant of the Royal Navy."
Brisbane and Sunday Sun 19 March 1989.


Reasons to go and fight: He was working in the Kalgoolie and Coolgardie mines when Boer war broke out and went to Perth to join up.

Details of service in war: April 1900 - April 1901 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including skirmish at Koster River (22 July 1900), and in northern Transvaal including battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), great De Wet hunt, including charge at Wolwekuil (14 February 1901), and advance on Pietersburg.

Service and life after the Boer War: Born in Warwick Qld and returned there after the war. Enlisted in the AIF 8 November 1915, Australian Remount Unit 2, Squadron 7, Australian Army Service Corps. He served in Egypt, however, this senior age volunteer's health did not hold out, he was returned to Australia 18 October 1916 and discharged.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Colton Daveney, Wynnum North QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Son


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