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Private John Grimmond

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: John Daniel Revel Grimmond

Ancestor's date of birth: 04/07/1874

Ancestor's date of death: 06/04/1942

Cause of Death: Mitral Stenosis, Arterial sclerious

Service Number: 50

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW Place of Enlistment: Newcastle ?

Unit: E Squadron 1st New South Wales Mounted Rifles

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

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

Murray Page: 40

Contingent: First New South Wales

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

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Diamond Hill, Johannesburg, Orange Fee State, Cape Colony clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Prior Service with H Company 4th NSW Infantry Regiment.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: December 1899 - December 1900 in northern Cape Colony, Free State and Transvaal including battle of Diamond Hill, Johannesburg.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia: 8 January 1901 on the Orient. John Daniel Revel Grimmond born on the 4 July 1874 at, Dundee, Scotland was the seventh child born to David Grimmond and his wife Magdaline Grimmond (formerly Beveridge). David & Magdaline and their 10 children left Glasgow December 1st 1883 and arrived in Sydney 16 February 1884, aboard the three masted Sailing Ship Stirlingshire. Their youngest daughter Julia died on the voyage to Australia. The family welcomed another daughter Wilhelmina Snidor Grimmond, their twelfth child, born at Islington, a suburb of Newcastle, Australia in 1884. Wilhelmina died in 1885.
John D R Grimmond married Catherine Elizabeth Jackson 21 October 1893 at Waratah, a suburb of Newcastle. There were nine children born to John and Catherine Grimmond, first at Waratah and later at Telford Street Minmi where John worked as a miner in John Brown's Minmi mines
Some time during 1899 John enlisted as a soldier and fought in the forces sent to South Africa during the Boer War. He must have returned during late 1900 for their sixth child, a boy, also named John Daniel Revel Grimmond was born October 19th 1901 at Minmi. Three other children were born 1903, 1904 and 1906. We think that his traumatic wartime experiences resulted in years spent in the Mental Hospital at Morisset, Lake Macquarie Shire, where he died April 6 1942 from Mitral Stenosis and Arterio Sclerous. He was buried in the family grave in the Methodist Cemetery Sandgate.
The photograph of John Daniel Revel Grimmond has been photographed from a large photograph, which hung on the wall in the family's dining room, Islington, before the family home was sold in 1988. The large original framed photograph was given to J D R's eldest great-granddaughter to hang in her home with many other large family portraits.
Richard John Grimmond, the eldest son of J D R G also has in his possession an old high chair. It was reported to have been purchased in 1901 for J D R Grimmond (2), using J D R (1) deferred pay from the Boer War. Ten children have used the chair over four generations. Even though the chair is now 109 years old it is in very good condition, having had the rattan seat repaired and the woodwork fully restored after each family's use. The chair originally had wheels. It folded down to enable it to be wheeled from room to room, then pulled up to sit at table height.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Richard John Grimmond, Port Macquarie NSW 2444
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson

Name of Descendant: Stephen Grimmond, McGrath's Hill NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grandson


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