The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Sergeant Henry Gay

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Henry (known as Howard in Boer War records) Gay

Ancestor's date of birth: 1880

Ancestor's date of death: Detail not provided

Cause of Death: Detail not provided

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Was a permanent soldier with the South Australian Artillery at Fort Largs. His NOK is shown as living in North Adelaide

Service Number: 33 and 966

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

Unit: 3rd South Australian Citizens Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: SGT, Date Effective: 01/06/1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No record of post Boer War service

Murray Page: 354 and 379

Contingent: Third South Australian and First Australian Commonwealth

Ship: SS Maplemore, Date of Sailing: 27/02/1900

Ship: SS Manchester Merchant, Date of Sailing: 20/02/1902

Other Boer War Service: Also served in 'D' Squadron 2ACH as its Sgt/Trumpeter

Memorial details: Detail not provided.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Rhodesia and Transvaal clasps. King's South Africa Medal with South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: 171 cm tall, Brown eyes, Dark Complexion and Dark hair.

Reasons to go and fight: Adventure and wishing to pursue his profession of arms.

Details of service in war: Enlisted as a Cpl/Trumpeter and was promoted in June 1900 to Sgt/Trumpeter. Service: April 1900 - April 1901 with 3SACB in Rhodesia and west Transvaal. March - May 1902 with 2ACH on Natal border and west Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Detail not provided.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Lawrence Gay, Lemon Tree Passage NSW 2319
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Nephew

Name of Descendant: David Gay, Rupertswood QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Great Nephew


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