The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Trooper James Ryan

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: James Cue Ryan

Ancestor's date of birth: 06/07/1869

Ancestor's date of death: 21/10/1955

Cause of Death: Pneumonia Service Number: 417

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Sale, Gippsland Victoria

Unit: 4th Victorian Contingent

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 24/04/1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): TPR, Date Effective: 1915

Murray Page: 271, 323

Contingent: 4th Victorian Contingent

Ship: Victorian, Date of Sailing: 01/05/1900

Ship: St Andrew, Date of Sailing: 01/03/1902

Other Boer War Service: 1st Commonwealth Contingent

Memorial details: Details not provided

Decorations: Details not provided

Personal Characteristics: Journalist and keen soldier

Reasons to go and fight: Adventure

Details of service in war: Buffels Hoek. The Releif of Litchenberg.

Service and life after the Boer War: J. Ryan returned to Maffra and worked onboth the Maffra Spectator and the Walhala Chronicle. With the aspect of World War I in 1915 the age limit was increased J. Ryan gave his age as 43 years (actually 46 years) joined the 4th Light Horse where he served on Gallipoli then Egypt and Palestine and was in the regiment that was in the Charge of Beersheba. Amazingly after 3 wars (twice in the Boer War and once in WWI)He did not receive any injury other than dysentery.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Peter Winterbourne Kemp, Glen Waverley VIC

Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson

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