The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Trooper James Duff

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: James Daniel Duff

Ancestor's date of birth: 03/10/1874

Ancestor's date of death: 17/08/1900

Cause of Death: KIA at Elands River

Service Number: 34

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

Unit: NSW Citizens Bushmen, A Squadron

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Did not survive Boer War.

Murray Page: 76

Contingent: Third New South Wales

Ship: Atlantian, Date of Sailing: 28/02/1900

Memorial details: Buried at Elands River War Cemetery. Memorial at Millie NSW unveiled 19 January 1901. Restored and rededicated 11 June 2001.

Decorations: Queens South Africa Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided.

Reasons to go and fight: Patriotism

Details of service in war: From April 1900. A Squadron served under General Plumer at the relief of Mafeking. Served in General Plumer's Brigade in General Baden-Powell's column at the relief of Bustenberg. After a smart engagement, occupied the town 7 July 1900. B, C, and D Squadrons under Lieutenant Colonel Airey, DSO, took part in a servere engagement at Koster's River on the 22 July, in attempting to relieve the Elands River Garrison. A Squadron,assisted by about 50 men of other details defended Elands River post against De La Rey with 1,000 men and guns for 13 days, refusing to surrender on any terms. KIA at Elands River 17 August 1900.

Service and life after the Boer War: Did not survive Boer War.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Catherine O'Donnell, Mortdale NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Neice


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