The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private (Shoeing-Smith) Henry Beecher

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Henry Ward Beecher

Ancestor's date of birth: 28/12/1869

Ancestor's date of death: 28/04/1926

Cause of Death: Angina Pectoris

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Detail not provided

Service Number: 556

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

Unit: Victorian Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE (Shoeing-Smith), Date Effective: 1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War Service

Murray Page: 249

Contingent: Third Victorian

Ship: Euryalus, Date of Sailing: 10/03/1900

Memorial details: Detail not provided.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Rhodesia, Transvaal and SA 1901 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

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. Invalided to Australia, arriving 09 May 1901.

Service and life after the Boer War: No details provided.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: John Henry Cope, Blacktown NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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