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Sergeant Herbert Taylor

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Herbert Wallace Taylor

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1874

Ancestor's date of death: 09/10/1950

Cause of Death: Unknown

Service Number: 780

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

Unit: B Company NSW Imperial Bushmen / Sixth Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: SGT (Farrier), Date Effective: 01/01/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SSGT, Date Effective: 22/08/1914

Murray Page: 96

Contingent: Fourth New South Wales

Ship: Armenian, Date of Sailing: 23/04/1900

Memorial details: Nil

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal and Rhodesia, King's South Africa Medal with 1901 clasp.

Personal Characteristics: Extremely loyal to God, Queen and country.

Reasons to go and fight: He was a blacksmith and farrier in Gulgong. He was assigned to look after the 800 horses horses on the troopship Armenian en route to South Africa. On arrival at Beira, he was charged with managing 1400 Hungarian remounts.

Details of service in war: Operations Rhodesia. Transvaal against the Boers from July to November 1900 including Eland's River and Ottoshoop. Operstions Orange River Colony and Cape Colony from November 1900 including Rhenkosterkop. Farrier Sergeant 1 January 1901 with C Squadron.

Service and life after the Boer War Returned to Australia: 17 July 1901 on the Orient. Enlisted in the AIF 22 August 1914 to AASC. To Middle East with 2nd Company AASC, 1st Div Train per Transport Orvieto 18th October 1914. Camp Mena Egypt 9th December 1914. and later Heliopolis, Embarked Alexandria for Mudros and operations Gallipoli against Turks 5 April 1915. Withdrawn to Alexandria December 1915. From Alexandria to Western Front Force 26 December 1915. Operations near Mersah Matruh against hostile Senussi tribesmen in January and then to Cairo. To Marseillse 25 March 1916. To Northern France near Sailley with 2nd Company a AASC Operations France and Flanders from June 1916 near Armentieres and later Pozieres, the Somme, Bullecourt, Messines Ypres and Amiens. AIF HQ London 25 March 1918 as Staff Sergeant. Staff duty on Devenport to Sydney 15 April 1918. 4 September 1918 embarked Sydney for London. and to duty Parkhouse. To AASC Depot Codford 24 January 1919. Embarked London per Transport Ypiranga 15 Novemnber 1919. Disembarked Sydney 9 January 1919 and discharged 7 February 1920.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Beth Brosgarth, Manly NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand daughter


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