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Corporal (later Sergeant) Henry Bohlsen

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Henry Bohlsen

Ancestor's date of birth: 06/04/1873

Ancestor's date of death: 07/08/1914

Cause of Death: KIA at the Nek, Gallipoli with 8LH

Service Number: 32 NSWCB, 59 1ACH

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Deniliquin

Unit: NSW Citizens' Bushmen, A Sqn 1 Australian Commonwealth Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: CPL, Date Effective: 06/06/1902

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: 01/12/1914

Murray Page: 76, 168

Contingent: Third New South Wales, First Australian

Ship: Atlantian, Date of Sailing: 28/02/1900

Ship: Custodian, Date of Sailing: 18/02/1902

Memorial details: Lone Pine Memorial Gallipoli, Australian War Memorial Canberra.

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Rhodesia, Transvaal, and SA1902 clasps. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: He was a labourer. Height 175 cm, weight 72 kg (1914), of fair complexion with blue eyes.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: From April 1900 with NSW Citizens' Bushmen in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including defence of Elands River Post (4-16 August 1900), invalided to Australia, arriving 11 December 1900. Then March - May 1902 on Natal border and west Transvaal with the Australian Commonwealth Horse.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia: 9-13 August 1902 on the Drayton Grange. Married Jane and lived in Milbourne with son Henry and daughter Lauretto. Joined the AIF (nominally as a single man), 8 Light Horse 19 September 1914. Served at Gallipoli where he was Killed in Action during the Assault by 8LH at The Nek on 7 August 1914.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Ron Brown OAM, Busby NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Nephew


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