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Trooper John Silcock

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: John Henry Silcock

Ancestor's date of birth: 04/05/1880

Ancestor's date of death: 14/10/1961

Cause of Death: Cancer

Service Number: 3066 (NSWMR), 267 (NSWIB)

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW Place of Enlistment: Parramatta

Units: 2nd New South Wales Mounted Rifles, 3rd New South Wales Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 12/05/1902

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Detail not provided

Murray Page: 120 (NSWMR), 162 (NSWIB)

Contingent: 5th New South Wales

Ship: Detail not available. Date of Sailing: 15/03/1901

Memorial details: Detail not provided.

Decorations: King's South Africa Medal with 1901 and 1902 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Quiet personality, generous nature, gentle and thoughtful, loyal to his mates.

Reasons to go and fight: He felt there was no choice, everyone had to fight for their freedom.

Details of service in war: Reported (Murray) as serving in two units, (2NSWMR) April 1901 - April 1902 in west then east Transvaal under Ingouville Williams, and (3NSWIB) May 1901 - May 1902 in west then east Transvaal under Ingouville Williams then west Transvaal under Ian Hamilton.

Service and life after the Boer War: He became a policeman, constable then sergeant, then gained the rank of detective was plain clothes, worked in Regent street Redfern.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Dulcie Edna Fuss, Beverly Hills NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand daughter

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