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Second Lieutenant John Binstead

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: John William Binstead

Ancestor's date of birth: Detail not provided

Ancestor's date of death: Detail not provided

Cause of Death: Died in old men's home Lidcombe Sydney NSW

Service Number: Officer no number

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

Unit: 3rd NSW Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: 2LT, Date Effective: 1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post war service

Murray Page: 137

Contingent: Fifth New South Wales

Ship: Travelled privately to South Africa to serve with the Imperial Yeomanry Scouts.

Ship: Antillian, Date of Sailing: 05/04/1901

Memorial details: Forbes Services Memorial Club.

Decorations: Queen and King's South Africa Medal clasps

Personal Characteristics: Spoke with a very english accent.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: Served as a trooper with the Imperial Yeomanry Scouts. Commissioned, he This regiment took part in operations in the Eastern Transvaal and Eastern Orange River Colony in 1901-2. It also took part in several drives in the early part of 1902; the principal one,the Harrismith Drive, resulting in the capture of 251 prisoners 26,000 head of cattle and 2,000 horses. He suffered an injury and was invalided to Australia.

Service and life after the Boer War: He had a war injury, he was very tall and walked with a limp had the aid of a walking stick and a big boot.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Violet O'Donoghue, Caringbah NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Neice


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