The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Private (later Sergeant) James Roach

Ancestor Details

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.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Glenn Robert (Rob) Black, Woombye QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grandson


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