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Warrant Officer Harry Paten

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Harry Paten

Ancestor's date of birth: 10/07/1870

Ancestor's date of death: 05/08/1965

Cause of Death: Old Age, 95 years.

Service Number: 81 and 461

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Ipswich

Unit: 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry and 7 Bn Australian Commonwealth Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: WO2 (SSM), Date Effective: 01/05/1902

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Details of further service not provided

Murray Page: 453 and 538

Contingent: First Queensland and Third Australian

Ship: Cornwall, Date of Sailing: 01/11/1899

Ship: Custodian, Date of Sailing: 19/05/1902

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps: Transvaal, Driefontein, Paardeberg, Relief of Kimberley.

Personal Characteristics: H.G. Chauvel described Sergeant Paten after the war as "Steady, honest and good. Performed excellent work on both tours." Letter dated 9 January 1903.

Reasons to go and fight: Prior Military Service

Details of service in war: 1 QMI: December 1899 - December 1900 in northwest Cape Colony including victory over rebel band at Sunnyside (1 January 1900), Free State, and east Transvaal. 7 ACH arrived after the war ended.

Service and life after the Boer War: Detail not provided

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Hilder Jeff, The Gap QLD

Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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