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Corporal John Fraser (Later Lieutenant Colonel John Fraser DSO)

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: John Edward Fraser

Ancestor's date of birth: 16/08/1877

Ancestor's date of death: 03/06/1934

Cause of Death: Diabetes Mellitis

Service Number: 129

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

Unit: NSW Infantry company, E Squadron 1st NSW Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: CPL, Date Effective: Feb 1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): LTCOL, Date Effective: 01/01/1919

Murray Page: 39, 217, 220

Contingent: First New South Wales

Ship: Aberdeen, Date of Sailing: 04/11/1899

Memorial details: Waverley Cemetery, Waverley (General Section 16 Row 30 2982 - 2983)

Decorations: Queen's South Africa medal, 3 Clasps (Capr Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal)

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Father was Major Donald Fraser and brother of Private Donald Fraser (died Colesburg, South Africa 28/02/1900)

Details of service in war: December 1899 - December 1900 in northern Cape Colony, Free State and Transvaal. Captured by the Boers on the 26 February 1900 and held at Pretoria until 6 June 1900. His brother, Donald Fraser, was wounded (and died on the 28 February 1900) on same day John was captured.

Service and life after the Boer War: He left Australia in 1915 as Captain in Command of the 4th Signal Troop, 4th Light Horse. He served in Gallipoli and France and was mentioned in despatches twice and received a Distinguished Service Order. On the 9 March 1916, John was appointed to command the 4th Division Signal Company and was promoted on the 1 May 1916 to Major. Promoted Lieutenant Colonel in 1919. Married Jessie Isabella Ross, daughter of James Smith Ross and Martha Smith, on the 12 March 1902 at Waverley, NSW.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Kelly Anderson, Quakers Hill NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grandfather (In Law)


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