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Trooper James Ryan

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: James Daniel Ryan

Ancestor's date of birth: 28/12/1879

Ancestor's date of death: 10/06/1916

Cause of Death: "Found" Drowned - Cassassini, Egypt.

Service Number: 471

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

Unit: 5th Australian Commonwealth Horse

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): TPR, Date Effective: 17/09/1914

Murray Page: 194

Contingent: Third Australian

Ship: Columbia, Date of Sailing: 22/05/1902

Memorial details: Memorial Goulburn Park NSW, Tel el-Kebir, Egypt

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with SA 1902 clasp. 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height 176 cm, weight 67 kg (1914).

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: Arrived after the Boer war ended.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 1 July 1902 on the Manchester Merchant. Not recorded as having married, but had an "ex-nuptual" son (Master James Clement Smith). Joined the AIF 17 September 1914, #530 6th Light Horse fought at Gallipoli in B Sqn 6 LH. Was serving in Egypt with the 2nd Light Horse Reserve Regiment when he was found drowned at Cassassini. His WW1 record makes sad reading.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Phyllis Forbes, Heathcote NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Niece


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