The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Trooper John Salway

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: John Henry Salway

Ancestor's date of birth: 19/07/1876

Ancestor's date of death: 28/12/1901

Cause of Death: Died of Enteric Fever at Heilbron South Africa

Service Number: 267

Colony or State of enlistment: Not Applicable, Place of Enlistment: Durban South Africa 29/7/1901

Unit: 2nd Kitcheners Fighting Scouts

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Did not survive the Boer War

Murray Page: Not applicable, did not serve in an Australian unit

Contingent: Not applicable

Ship: Travelled privately to South Africa

Memorial details: Hellbron Town Cemetery, Helbron South Africa. He is also listed on the Hellbron Monument to the Boer War British fallen. Noted on Bega Boer War memorial.

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps: Orange Free State and Transvaal.

Personal Characteristics: Trooper Selway was born at Cobargo South Coast NSW he was the 8th child and second male born in the family. His father Henry was born Langford England and his mother Elixa FG Payne at Cambletown NSW. They had 12 children.

Reasons to go and fight: Must have been an adventurer.

Details of service in war: Kitcheners Fighting Scouts was an irregular unit raised in South Africa to fight the mounted guerilla style warfare favoured by the Boers. All the men were enlisted locally and include many colonials from Australia, Canada, etc. John Henry Salway would have made his own way to South AFrica. Hellbron was a small town in the north of Orange Free State that had been captured by the British in May 1900. Saw action at: Warmbaths, Kroonstad and Paardendrift.
Note: John's brothers Edward and Robert also fought in South Africa with Australian Contingents.

Service and life after the Boer War: Did not survive the Boer War.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Ruth Snipton nee Salway, Gilmore ACT
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Niece


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