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Trooper James Walch

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: James William Henry Walch

Ancestor's date of birth: 29/12/1855

Ancestor's date of death: 02/08/1936

Cause of Death: Old age. At Hobart 1936

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born and had early education in Hobart. To England in 1873 to further education. Studied Law and practiced in London. Later returned to Hobart and practiced law.

Service Number: 32740

Colony or State of enlistment: Not Australia, Place of Enlistment: South Africa

Unit: Roberts' Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1899

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

Murray Page: Not applicable, did not serve in an Australian unit.

Contingent: Not applicable

Ship: Travelled privately to South Africa

Memorial details: Buried in Hobart

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

Personal Characteristics: Unknown

Reasons to go and fight: Unknown

Details of service in war: Took part in Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, advance on Bloemfontein, Sannah's Post, advance from Bloemfontein to Pretoria. His regiment then operated in the east and west Transvaal until hostilities ceased in May 1902.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to England and continued Law. Returned to Tasmania about 1918 having lost his son in France in 1915. We have very little information other than the above as all was destroyed in the 1967 bush fires.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: John Andrew Walch, Kingston TAS Relationship to Ancestor: Nephew 2nd generation


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