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Private John Cameron

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: John Cameron

Ancestor's date of birth: 26/10/1859

Ancestor's date of death: 1910

Cause of Death: Malaria

Service Number: 462

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

Unit: 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On enlistment

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

Murray Page: 270

Contingent: Fourth Victorian

Ship: Victorian, Date of Sailing: 01/05/1900

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Rhodesia and SA1901 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: May 1900 - June 1901 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal under Cape Colony including relief of Philipstown (11 February 1901), capture of Boer guns at Read's Drift (23 February), and capture of Boer patrol near Doornkloof (1 March 1901); may have undertaken garrison duty in Rhodesia.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to South Africa. Became a big game hunter and died there in 1910 of malaria. Other personal details and photographs are on page 548 of Robin Droogleeger's book "That Ragged Mob" The service record of the 3rd and 4th Victorian Bushmen Contingents in the Boer War.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Jean Bennett, Ringwood North VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Niece


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