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Trooper Hugh Corpe

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Hugh Robertson Corpe

Ancestor's date of birth: 03/08/1878

Ancestor's date of death: 02/08/1938

Cause of Death: Cancer

Service Number: 30

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

Unit: South Australian Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): CAPT, Date Effective: 1916

Murray Page: 350

Contingent: Second South Australian

Ship: Surrey, Date of Sailing: 01/02/1900

Memorial details: Details not provided

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with five clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Playboy, wonderful horseman, not a family man.

Reasons to go and fight: It sounded like and adventure, wanted to do his "bit".

Details of service in war: Letters and photo have gone to the Australian War Museum. March 1900 to March 1901 in northwest Cape Colony, Free State, and east Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Went on to England from South Africa to Aldershot until he was sent home a year later. Married Frieda Koops and had 3 daughters. Was in the Militia in the First War (applied to join the AIF in 1916) and led a life of leisure until his death in 1938.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Christine Hilda Hughes, Goulburn NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand daughter

Name of Descendant: Francis Eric Doerr, Happy Valley SA
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson

Name of Descendant: Rowland Keith, Mullumbimby NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson

Name of Descendant: Alison Lucy Margaret MacKay, Seacliff Park SA
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Granddaughter


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