The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private John Sheddrick Blundell

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: John Sheddrick Blundell

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1878

Ancestor's date of death: 01/01/1905

Cause of Death: Not known.

Service Number: 822

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Queensland

Unit: 1st Battalion Commonwealth Horse, Queensland

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: Detail not provided.

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Detail not provided.

Murray Page: 523

Contingent: ACH

Ship: Custodian, Date of Sailing: 18/02/1902

Memorial details: Buried in Warwick Cemetery Qld 10/10/1905

Decorations: Detail not provided

Personal Characteristics: When he enlisted he was 24 years old and single, occupation was Stockman of no fixed address. He joined on the 15/02/1902 and he earned 5 Shillings per day.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: Extract from Field Order:

"Devondale, Transvaal, 12th May 1902.

The following telegram has been received from General Sir Ian Hamilton, KCB, DSO:- 'The following is the general result of recent operations- Killed, 1; prisoners, 354; rifles, 212; horses, 326; mules, 95; donkeys, 20; wagons, 6, 340; trek oxen, 106. Amongst prisoners is Jan de la Rey, elder brother of General.'

Since telegraphing this information to Pretoria, General Ian Hamilton has received the following telegram from Lord Kitchener:- 'Capital result. Tell troops I highly appreciate their exertions and consider the result very satisfactory. We have now since Methwins mishap taken 860 out of De La Rey's forces.'

As there is a considerable proportion of new troops in the command, the General Officer Commanding mobile columns, W.T., thinks that the Column Commanders would do well to explain to them that the General Officer Commander-in-chief is not in the habit of bestowing indiscriminate praise; and that, on the contrary, the compliment which has been paid this force is a very rare occurrence."

Service and life after the Boer War: Detail not provided.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Noel Rev Dr Wallis, Forest Lake QLD

Relationship to Ancestor: Maternal great Uncle

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