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Trooper Horace White

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Horace White (Horatio in Murray)

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/06/1876

Ancestor's date of death: 19/12/1917

Cause of Death: Died as PoW in German hands. Wounded by hand grenade in the lower right abdomen and leg while in the 1st Line north of Warnerton, France.

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Labourer

Service Number: 125

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

Unit: 4th South Australian Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 08/09/1915

Murray Page: 359

Contingent: Fourth South Australian

Ship: Manhattan, Date of Sailing: 01/05/1900

Memorial details: Pont Du Hem Military Cemetery Northern France Plot 4, Row G, Grave 28

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps Cape Colony, Transvaal and SA 1901. British War Medal and Victory Medal (WW1).

Personal Characteristics: Height 161 cm, weight 55 kg (1915), of dark complexion with dark hair and brown eyes.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: June 1900 - June 1901 In Cape Colony including charge at Bakenkop (3 July 1900) and skirmish at Stinkhoutboom where three killed (24 July 1900), and in northern Transvaal including battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), great De Wet hunt, advance on Pietersburg and into east Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Worked as a labourer. Married to Elsie May White. Lived at Yeronga Avenue, Beulah Park SA and 19 Beulah Rd, Norwood SA. May have had one child Enlisted in WW1 on 8 September 1915, posted to 10 Bn, captured by the enemy when on traffic control duties, died when a Prisoner of War in German hands from wounds received in action, at Warneton in France 19 December 1917.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Mark Sinclair McKenna, Belair SA
Relationship to Ancestor: great-nephew


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