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Trooper John Summers

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: John Chestnut Summers

Ancestor's date of birth: 12/06/1883

Ancestor's date of death: 21/07/1912

Cause of Death: Detail not provided - died young

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Detail not provided.

Service Number: 640, 144

Colony or State of enlistment: SA, Place of Enlistment: Adelaide

Unit: 6th South Australian Imperial Bushmen and 8th Battalion Austrailan Commonewalth Horse

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

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

Murray Page: 376, 389

Contingent: Sixth South Australian, and Third Australian

Ship: Warrigal, Date of Sailing: 06/04/1901

Ship: St Andrew, Date of Sailing: 21/05/1902

Memorial details: buried in Boksburg, South Africa.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Orange Free State and SA 1091 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: May 1901 - March 1902 with the 6 SAIB in Free State including defence of Graspan (6 June 1901) and charge at Grootvlei (2 August 1901). The 8 ACH arrived in South Africa after the war had ended and did not see service.

Service and life after the Boer War: Married Catherine Coveney and had children born in Boksburg, Last known place of residence Benoni, Transvall, South Africa. Died in 1912 aged 29, buried in Boksburg.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Neil Summers, Whyalla SA
Relationship to Ancestor: Great grandson

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