The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private Henry Wilson

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Henry Richard Wilson

Ancestor's date of birth: 1875?

Ancestor's date of death: 1936

Cause of Death: Motor vehicle accident - knocked off his bicycle by a car

Service Number: 25

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Detail not provided

Unit: 1st Victorian Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No subsequent military service able to be traced

Murray Page: 224

Contingent: First Victorian

Ship: Medic, Date of Sailing: 28/10/1899

Memorial details: VMR Memorial Melbourne

Decorations: Queen's South Africa medal with clasps

Personal Characteristics: I never knew my (maternal) grandfather but I understand he was a kind and compassionate man.

Reasons to go and fight: unknown

Details of service in war: November 1899 - October 1900 His unit was converted from infantry to mounted rifles December 1899. Served in northern Cape Colony including defence of Pink Hill, in Free State, and in east Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia: 4 December 1900 on Harlech Castle. Other than the circumstances of his death, knocked off his bicycle by a car, no other detail provided.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Judith Joyce Livingston, Gordon ACT
Relationship to Ancestor: granddaughter


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