The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Sergeant James Robinson

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: James (AKA William Henry Stephens) Robinson

Ancestor's date of birth: 18/08/1880

Ancestor's date of death: 21/07/1941

Cause of Death: pneumonia and ongoing problems from ankle wound (shot) in S Africa 1902

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Station hand, sheep property owned by Wentworth family in Bogan River area.

Service Number: 1372 (NSWIB) and 2787 (SALH)

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

Unit: D Coy New South Wales Imperial Bushmen then South African Light Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: SGT, Date Effective: May 1901

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

Murray Page: 100

Contingent: Fifth New South Wales

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

Other Boer War Service: Served with South African Light Horse Participated in Coronation procession (King EdwardVII)

Memorial details: Detail not provided.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Rhodesia, Transvaal, Orange Free State and Cape Colony clasps; King's South Africa Medal with South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902.

Personal Characteristics: Loved horses and thoroughly understood them.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: May 1900 - May 1901 with the NSWIB in Rhodesia and west Transvaal including capture of de la Rey's convoy and guns at Wildfontein (24 March 1901). May 1901 - May 1902 with the SALH in the Orange Free State and east Transvaal. Suffered a gunshot wound to the ankle. Served on until SALH disbanded 15 October 1902, then returned to Australia

Service and life after the Boer War: Became a commercial flower grower. Had florist shop at Circ Quay and Wynyard ramp Sydney

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Malcolm Leslie Stephens, Hornsby NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: grandson


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