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Trooper James Robertson

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: James Robert Robertson

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/09/1880

Ancestor's date of death: 13/03/1931

Cause of Death: Illness not specified

Service and Life Before the Boer War: James was born at Nowra in 1881. By the time of the Boer War he was a drover who gave his normal residence as Gosford.

Service Number: 83 (NSWIB) 25 (ACH)

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Sydney

Unit: C Sqn New South Wales Imperial Bushmen and A Sqn 1 Australian Commonwealth Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1900

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

Murray Page: 98 and 169

Contingent: Fourth New South Wales and First Australian Commonwealth

Ship: SS Armenian, Date of Sailing: 23/04/1900

Ship: SS Custodian, Date of Sailing: 16/02/1902

Memorial details: Details not provided.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queens South African medal with Clasps Rhodesia, Transvaal, Orange Free State, Cape Colony, South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 (could also have been entitled to the King's South Africa Medal dependent on exact dates of service).

Personal Characteristics: 169 cm tall, Dark Complexion, Blue Eyes, Black hair and had a scar on the inside of his leg.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: Served with C Sqn NSW Imperial Bushmen May 1900 - May 1901 in Rhodesia and west Transvaal including capture of de la Rey's convoy and guns at Wildfontein (24 March 1901). Served 1 ACH March - May 1902 on Natal border and west Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Entrepreneur / businessman / auctioneer.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: John Peake, Cameray NSW 2062
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Son


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