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Trooper (later Sergeant) James Williams

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: James Gordon Williams

Ancestor's date of birth: 28/05/1880

Ancestor's date of death: 10/07/1988

Cause of Death: Old age (was 108)

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born in Cunnamulla Queensland. Bushman and horsebreaker with one Harry Morant in outback Queensland.

Service Number: 452

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Central Queensland, perhaps Toowoomba

Unit: 7th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1902

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: 23/12/1918

Murray Page: 540

Contingent: Third Australian Commonwealth

Ship: Custodian, Date of Sailing: 19/05/1902

Memorial details: Buried in Queensland

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with South Africa 1902 clasp. British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height 166 cm, weight 62 kg (1916), of fair complexion with blue eyes and brown hair.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: Got as far as Newcastle in Natal, saw no action.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia: 2 Aug 1902 on Manchester Merchant. Lived in Wallumbilla Queensland, worked as a grazier. Joined the AIF 5 May 1916 as a trooper 3195 in the 2 LH. Served in Palestine in 2 and 1 LH. Died age 108 - believe he was the "last Australian boer war veteran - Died in Brisbane not long after visiting Expo 88".

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Peter John Hazelwood, Rossmore NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: He was my great uncle


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