The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Farrier-Sergeant John Cameron

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: John Alexander Cameron

Ancestor's date of birth: 25/10/1881

Ancestor's date of death: 17/03/1941

Cause of Death: Cancer

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Worked in his father's Blacksmith business in Frankston.

Service Number: 32

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Langwarrin

Unit: 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: SGT, Date Effective: 1900

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

Murray Page: 260

Contingent: Fourth Victorian

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

Memorial details: Detail not provided.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided.

Reasons to go and fight: Encouragement of his sister Mary

Details of service in war: May 1900 - June 1901 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal, 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 seen garrison duty in Rhodesia.

Service and life after the Boer War: Played for South Melbourne Football Club 1903 - 1912 Allocated a Soldier Settlement block at Morkalla 1928 farmed until his death in 1941.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Diane Maree Miller, Melton South VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Daugher


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