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Sergeant Harry Ede

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Harry Jean Ede

Ancestor's date of birth: 08/10/1878

Ancestor's date of death: 13/10/1918

Cause of Death: Post WW1 complications. Flu and shell shock.

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born in Horsham in Victoria, worked as a clerk.

Service Number: 350 and 513

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Melbourne

Unit: 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen, 2nd Australian Commonwealth Horse.

Rank attained in Boer War: SGT, Date Effective: 01/02/1802

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): LCPL, Date Effective: 01/02/1915

Murray Page: 268 and 312

Contingent: Fourth Victorian and First Australian

Ship: Victorian, Date of Sailing: 01/06/1900

Ship: St Andrew, Date of Sailing: 12/02/1902

Memorial details: Buried in Victoria.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Rhodesia, Transvaal and Cape Colony clasps; King's South Africa Medal with SA 1901 and SA 1902 clasps. 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: 171 cm tall, 66 kg, Olive complexion, grey eyes. He seemed to be quite a good guerrilla soldier as he served for around 3 years, reenlisted twice, and was promoted from private to sergeant.

Reasons to go and fight: Unknown

Details of service in war: With the 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen, May 1900 - June 1901 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal, Cape Colony including relief of Philipstown (11 February 1901), capture of Boer guns at Read's Drift (23 February), and capture of Boer patrol near Doornkloof (1 March 1901); contingent separated mid 1900-early 1901, then on garrison duty in Rhodesia. With the 2nd Australian Commonwealth Horse March - May 1902 on Natal border and west Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Worked as an accountant. Enlisted in the AIF for WW1 0n 20 November 1914. Went to Galipolli in early May 1915 with the 8th Battalion, D company, served for 6 months in the trenches, sent back to Australia 3 March 1916 with severe shell shock.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Michael Oakes, Queanbeyan NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: great grandson


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