The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private (later Captain) James Shreeve

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: James William Shreeve

Ancestor's date of birth: 25/01/1880

Ancestor's date of death: 25/11/1973

Cause of Death: Natural/Old Age

Service Number: 663

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC Place of Enlistment: Melbourne

Unit: 2nd Australian Commonwealth Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): CAPT, Date Effective: 01/10/1916

Murray Page: 314

Contingent: Second Australian

Ship: St Andrew Date of Sailing: 12/02/1902

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height 1.72 m, Weight 68 kg (1916)

Reasons to go and fight: Was already a soldier having served one year in the 2nd Australian Infantry Regiment (Victoria)

Details of service in war: March - May 1902 on Natal border and west Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 11 July 1902 on the Drayton Grange. He was Married to Violet and living in Sydney, a Staff Sergeant in the instructional corps in 1916. Fought in WW1 and wounded many times (at least three), he servered with the 33rd Battalion. His military history as follows, 3 years ALH incl 2 years 9 and 10th Regiments, 6 years Instructional staff with RAGA and Cadre [Victoria], 'D' LH School Passed with Credit, University if Sydney, Topography 1915. Left Australia on the troop ship Marathon. Promoted to Second Lieutenant 23/2/1916 when he enlisted in the AIF, Lieutenant 1/5/1916 to Captain on the 1/10/1916 in France. Returned to Australia on the 6/1/1919. After the war he was a Farmer.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: John Turner, Forster NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson.

Name of Descendant: Andrew Owen Shreeve, Guanaba QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson

Name of Descendant: Lesley Anne Henderson, Melba ACT
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandaughter

Name of Descendant: David Charles Shreeve, Chatswood NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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