The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Private James Dunne|
Name of Ancestor: James Dunne
Ancestor's date of birth: 1886
Ancestor's date of death: Detail not provided
Cause of Death: Not stated
Service Number: 6064
Colony or State of enlistment: Not applicable, Place of Enlistment: Dublin, Ireland
Unit: 2nd Battilion Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On enlistment
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No information provided of post Boer War service
Murray Page: Not applicable, did not serve in an Australian unit.
Contingent: Not applicable
Ship: Was in South Africa with his unit at the start of the war
Memorial details: Fusilier's Arch, Dublin, Ireland
Decorations: QSA with 6 clasps including Talana
Personal Characteristics: He was the youngest soldier to enlist in the British Army he was 14 years old. He was a bugler, and in 1901 he was paraded through London and presented with a Bugle and a silver plaque by Queen Victoria.
Reasons to go and fight: A serving soldier, in South Africa at the time when war was declared.
Details of service in war: Bugler- He was wounded 3 times (Severely wounded at Colenso. 15 December 1899). At Colenso the Irish Brigade got into a hot place, coming under a very heavy fire before extending; and after their extension they pushed into a peninsula formed by a loop of the river, where they were subjected to severe fire from the front and both flanks, but all stood the severe trial splendidly. He would have been at the relief of Ladysmith.
Service and life after the Boer War: No detail provided.