The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Private (later Sergeant) John Dobe

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: John Dobe

Ancestor's date of birth: 03/1881

Ancestor's date of death: 29/08/1918

Cause of Death: KIA WW 1

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born in Ipswich. A miner and 'bushman'.

Service Number: 80

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

Unit: 5th Quensland Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: 11/09/1916

Murray Page: 495

Contingent: Fifth Queensland

Ship: Templemore, Date of Sailing: 06/03/1901

Other Boer War Service: Nil.

Memorial details: Australian War Memorial, Canberra. Assevillers New British Cemetary, France.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Orange Free State, Transvaal, SA 1901 and SA 1902 clasps. British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height: 176 cm, weight: 90 kg, was of fair complexion, had blue eyes and brown hair (described as slightly bald).

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: April 1901 - March 1902 in east Transvaal, Free State including defeat at Mokari Drift (27 September 1901), and Natal border campaign including stand at Onverwacht (4 January 1902) where 13 died and 17 wounded.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia: 30 April 1902 on St Andrew and train from Sydney. Did not marry, worked as a miner (also described as a 'bushman') and was living in Sydney in 1916. Joined the AIF on 24 January 1916 having previously served in the ANMEF and Rubal garrison (joined 9 November 1914, discharged 31 December 1915), served in 18 Bn, in France. Killed in Action 29 August 1918. Was a corporal at the time of his death. John was my grandmother's brother and was KIA before I was born. I have visited his grave in France.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Aileen Jopling, WEST KEMPSEY NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great niece

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