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Trooper (later Sergeant) Harry Jordan

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Harry Eustace Jordan

Ancestor's date of birth: 13/04/1883

Ancestor's date of death: 1961

Cause of Death: Age Related

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Went to war almost straight from school.

Service Number: 532

Colony or State of enlistment: SA, Place of Enlistment: Adelaide

Unit: 6th South Australian Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: 26/03/1917

Murray Page: 375

Contingent: Sixth South Australian

Ship: Warrigal, Date of Sailing: 06/04/1901

Memorial details: Soldier's grave near Adelaide

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

Personal Characteristics: Height 175 cm, Weight 65 kg (1916), of fair complexion with dark brown hair and brown eyes.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: Harry put his age up to enlist and turned 18 on the ship going to South Africa. He was in South Africa May 1901 - March 1902 in Free State including defence of Graspan (6 June 1901) and charge at Grootvlei (2 August 1901); amalgamated with 5th SA Imperial Bushmen. They didn't stop in one place for more than 3 days. He had his horse shot from under him and was trying to retrieve the saddle when his sergeant picked him up by his braces and slung him across his saddle and rode to safety and probably saved his life.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia, 27 April 1902 on Manchester Merchant. Married Eva Jessie lived at Brinkworth South Australia. Worked as a stock and station Agent. Joined the AIF, 3 April 1916. Served with the Field Artillery (49 Battery) in France. Returned to Australia 6 August 1919. Served in the home forces in World Ear II.  Harry was the Secretary to the Boer War Association in Adelaide up until his death in 1961.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Dianne Wendy Feutrill (Nee Jordan), Golden Grove SA
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandaughter

 


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