The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Lance Corporal Horace Edwell|
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.
Name of Descendant: Mark Edwell, Balgownie NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson