The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Second Lieutenant John Binstead|
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.
Name of Descendant: Violet O'Donoghue, Caringbah NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Neice