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Trooper James Smyth

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: James Herbert Smyth

Ancestor's date of birth: 1874

Ancestor's date of death: 1952

Cause of Death: Detail not provided

Service Number: 185

Colony or State of enlistment: SA, Place of Enlistment: Detail not provided

Unit: 4th South Australian Imperial Bushman

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

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

Murray Page: 362

Contingent: Fourth South Australian

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

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: June 1900 - June 1901 in Cape Colony including charge at Bakenkop (3 July 1900) and skirmish at Stinkhoutboom where three killed (24 July 1900), and in northern Transvaal including battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), great De Wet hunt, and advance on Pietersburg and into east Transvaal. "Came through without a scratch, although his horse was hit" quote from "Settlers of a Sunburnt Land The Smyth Family History" by Roger A Smyth.

Service and life after the Boer War: On return from Boer War his migrated to WA to farm in the Williams Shire. James never married.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Heather Cook, Darkan WA 6392
Relationship to Ancestor: Granddaugther


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