The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private James Dunne

Ancestor Details

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.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Des Woodley, North Narrabeen NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Son


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