The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Lance Corporal Horace Edwell

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Horace Edwell

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1882

Ancestor's date of death: 01/01/1954

Cause of Death: Heart Failure

Service Number: 949

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

Unit: 2nd NSW Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: LCPL, Date Effective: Detail not provided

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

Murray Page: 113

Contingent: 2nd NSW Mounted Rifles

Ship: Detail not provided, Date of Sailing: 15/03/1901

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: QSA, KSA Medals

Personal Characteristics: Stern, no nonsense person. My father and his brother found him hard to get along with, I think mainly to PTSD?.

Reasons to go and fight: He arrived from London in 1899. Felt compelled to enlist due to links with "Dear Old England", so I was told.

Details of service in war: Detail not provided

Service and life after the Boer War: Became a rich man, but lost it all in the Great Depression. Had Blackwater Fever in South Africa which plagued him all his life. I was 10 years old when he died, so didn`t know him very well. I have a large collection of Boer War memorabilia, some of which he left to me in his will.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Mark Edwell, Balgownie NSW

Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson

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