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Guardsman Henry Schultze

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Henry Emil Schultze

Ancestor's date of birth: 12/09/1875

Ancestor's date of death: 24/11/1899

Cause of Death: Wounds received in the war at Belmont, South Africa

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born at St Arnaud, Victoria, served in the Victorian Permanent Artillery. Migrated to the UK where he worked in the Hotel Cecil in London then joined the Grenadier Guards.

Service Number: 5336

Colony or State of enlistment: Not Australia, Place of Enlistment: London

Unit: 3rd Battalion, the Grenadier Guards

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE (Guardsman), Date Effective: 1899

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Did not survive the Boer War

Murray Page: Did not serve in an Australian unit

Contingent: Did not serve in an Australian unit

Ship: Ghoorkha, Date of Sailing: 25/10/1899 (from Gibraltar)

Memorial details: Guards Memorial, Belmont, South Africa

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Blmont Clasp.

Personal Characteristics: One of three tallest men in the Grenadier Guards at 191 centimetres.

Reasons to go and fight: Serve what he then saw as his country.

Details of service in war: The 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards sailed from Gibraltar in the Ghoorkha on 25 October 1899, and arrived at the Cape about 15 November. The battalion was made part of Lord Methuen's force when he advanced to relieve Kimberley. On the 22 November 1899 Lord Methuen reconnoitred the extensive and very strong position held by a Boer force of from 2,000 to 2,500 men near Belmont, about 70 km South West of Kimberley on the rail line. The general's orders for the 23rd were, briefly, that at 0300 the Guards Brigade incliding the 3rd Grenadiers were to advance on a hill called Gun Kopje. During this engagement, Private Schultze was killed in action.

Service and life after the Boer War: Did not survive the Boer War.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Cheryl Lee Cash, Montrose VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: great great uncle


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