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Trooper Isaac Williams

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Isaac Emmet Williams

Ancestor's date of birth: 02/07/1877

Ancestor's date of death: 11/07/1943

Cause of Death: Heart Condition

Service Number: 554

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Not stated

Unit: D Squadron, 2nd NSW Mounted Rifles

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No record of post Boer War service.

Murray Page: 122

Contingent: Fifth New South Wales

Ship: Custodian or Maplemore, Date of Sailing: 17/03/1901

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: QSA with 5 clasps: Transvaal, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, SA 1901, SA 1902.

Personal Characteristics: Isaac was born at Boco near Nimmitbel NSW.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: At the age of 31 Isaac saw service in South Africa during the Boer War campaign. Over 6,500 kilometres was covered by this regiment on both the East and West Transvaal whilst it served in South Africa.

Service and life after the Boer War: Isaac married Mary Ellen Tompson, known as Nellie, in Sydney in 1911 and they went to the Solomon Islands. Isaac was the Plantation Manager working for Lever Bros. on their Copra Plantations. They were in the Solomon Islands until around 1922 when they moved back to Sydney to live. The couple were not lucky with their children as none survived. Nellie's family were a reasonably wealthy one,her father was a bridge builder and he travelled all over the country taking his young family with him. Isaac and Nellie lived in Auburn in the home built by her father. Isaac died at their home in 1943 ,Nellie died in 1955.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Ruth Ross, North Balgowlah NSW

Relationship to Ancestor: Great Niece


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