The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Trooper Harry Knudson

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Harry Hans Knudson

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1879

Ancestor's date of death: 27/01/1931

Cause of Death: Heart Failure

Service Number: 819

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

Unit: Bethune's Mounted Infantry

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 28/04/1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): TPR, Date Effective: 28/04/1900

Murray Page: Not Applicable

Contingent: Not Applicable

Ship: Detail not provided, Date of Sailing: Detail not provided

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Boer War medals

Personal Characteristics: According to the records I have found, my grandfather was listed as 'illegal' I have not been able to ascertain exactly what this means

Reasons to go and fight: Sorry I do not know.

Details of service in war: Served in Bethune's Mounted Infantry and was wounded at Vryheid.

Service and life after the Boer War: My grandfather was discharged on the 25th November 1900 (my sons birthday, 1982) He then joined the South African police force and as far as I can work out did not come back to Australia for approx 4 years. I have in my possession his 'little black book' that he used for his 'rounds'. When returning to Australia he married my grandmother, Mable Julia Veronica Bradford and they lived in Footscray. He was a painter and decorator. Quite a life this gent had.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Orlena Anne Charleston, Reservoir VIC

Relationship to Ancestor: Grand daughter

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