The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Lance Corporal Herbert Buriatte

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Herbert Arthur Buriatte

Ancestor's date of birth: 1870

Ancestor's date of death: 1931

Cause of Death: Heart Failure

Service Number: 3361

Colony or State of enlistment: UK

Unit: 9th Lancers Regiment (British)

Rank attained in Boer War: LCPL, Date Effective: 1903

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Detail not provided

Murray Page: Not applicabe

Contingent: Not Applicable

Ship: Unknown Date, of Sailing: September 1899 from India

Memorial details: UK Memorial

Decorations: Queens S A medal and clasps for Paardeburg, Dreifontein, Johanesburg, Diamond hill, Wittenburg and relief of Kimberly. Kings S A medal.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Professional British soldier

Details of service in war: The 9th Lancers were stationed in Muttra, India, in September 1899 when they were warned for service in S Africa where war with the Boers was imminent. The Regiment sailed from Bombay on 24/25th September in three ships, one of which encountered a fierce storm between Durban and Cape Town resulting in 83 horses and nine mules being killed or washed overboard. This storm is vividly described, the carnage among the animals on deck was appalling as they were flung about among the wreckage of the wooden stables. the contents are set out in diary form with dates in the margin against the narrative which covers all matters affecting the regiment - actions. casualties. reinforcements, extracts from Army, divisional etc orders and other correspondence, strength states, awards, all are duly noted. The first entry is for 8th September 1899 when the Regiment was ordered to mobilize and prepare for active service and the final entry is for 9th April 1902 when the Regiment arrived back in India after some two and a half years on active service. It saw plenty of action - at Kimberley, in the Transvaal and Orange Free State and River Colony; clasps to the Queen's South Africa Medal gained by the Regiment as a whole were: Belmont, Modder River, Releief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill and Witterbergen. Casualty details are given at the end of the book, 225 in all of whom 45 died in action and 26 of disease or from accident. There is also a complete list of officers who served with the Regiment during the campaign, a list Awards and Mentions in Despatches, and finally a record of distances covered - a total of 13,600 kilometres.

Service and life after the Boer War: Discharged 3 November 1911 at Canterbury Kent Worked as a clerk in a Hosiary Warehouse until his death in 1931.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: James Arthur Gowers, Loftus NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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