The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private James McKerlie

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: James McKerlie

Ancestor's date of birth: 21/04/1872

Ancestor's date of death: 17/03/1913

Cause of Death: Detail not provided

Service Number: 1589 (VMR) and 232 (ACH)

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Langwarren

Unit: 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles and 6 Bn Australian Commonwealth Horse

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

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

Murray Page: 300 and 330

Contingent: Fifth Victorian and Third Australian

Ship: Orient, Date of Sailing: 15/02/1901

Ship: Manchester, Date of Sailing: 16/05/1902

Memorial details: VMR Memorial, Melbourne.

Decorations: Queen and King's South Africa medals with clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: From March 1901 in east Transvaal and Natal frontier, including defeat at Wilmansrust (12 June 1901), and successful intervention at Onverwacht (4 January 1902); heaviest casualties of any Australian contingent, at Wilmansrust suffered the costliest defeat. The 6 ACH arrived too late for any fignting.

Service and life after the Boer War: Detail not provided

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Barbara Janet Clink, Port Albert VIC

Relationship to Ancestor: grand-daughter


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