The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Private (later Sergeant) James Roach|
Name of Ancestor: James Samuel Roach
Ancestor's date of birth: 24/07/1882
Ancestor's date of death: 11/08/1918
Cause of Death: KIA during WWII during the fighting at the Somme, France While serving with the 33rd Battalion AIF.
Service and Life Before the Boer War: Worked as a Miner in the Moonbi area near Hillgrove New South Wales
Service Number: 1454
Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Tamworth
Unit: D Squadron 3rd NSW Mounted Rifles
Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 1901
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: 10/11/1917
Murray Page: 135
Contingent: Third New South Wales
Ship: SS Maplemore, Date of Sailing: 16/03/1901
Memorial details: Ref: 1.J.5 Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette, Somme, France
Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Orange Free State, Transvaal, SA 1901 and SA 1902 clasps. British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Personal Characteristics: Height 172 cm, weight 74 kg fair complexion and hair, grey eyes.
Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.
Details of service in war: April 1901 - April 1902 in Free State and East Transvaal including Boer breakthrough at Langverwacht (24 February 1902).
Service and life after the Boer War: Married Margaret and lived at Hillgrove, New South Wales. Worked as a miner. Reenlisted in WWII 8 March 1916, corporal 29 March 1916, wounded in action, France 9 June 1917 whilst serving with 36 bn. Promoted Sergeant 10 November 1917, killed in action, France 11 August 1918 whilst serving with 33 bn.
Name of Descendant: Glenn Robert (Rob) Black, Woombye QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grandson