The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Sergeant John Wardrobe

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: John Wardrobe

Ancestor's date of birth: 17/04/1865

Ancestor's date of death: 17/04/1945

Cause of Death: Old Age

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Came to NSW from UK as 16 yo after death of father. Worked as a (horse) lorry driver in Sydney and later had his own lorry. Married in 1896, moved to Picton, elected as Alderman

Service Number: 84

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Victoria Barracks

Unit: A Squadron, 1st NSW Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: SGT, Date Effective: 1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: 1914

Murray Page: 32

Contingent: First New South Wales

Ship: Aberdeen, Date of Sailing: 03/11/1899

Memorial details: nil

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps (most likely: Modder River, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Orange Free State, Transvaal, possibly Johannesburg and Diamond Hill). British War Medal.

Personal Characteristics: A born Leader, respected everywhere, good family man, fair, humble, an excellent shot and a renowned horseman, also much respected as an Alderman on Wollondilly Shire Council.

Reasons to go and fight: Served as Volunteer in Picton Regiment of Riflemen, Corporal as rank on enlistment BW. A soldier through and through, a good shot and horseman, had trained at Parramatta with the Lancers.

Details of service in war: December 1899 - December 1900 in north-west Cape Colony, Free State, and Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Tried to join with his son, John Wardrobe in the Light Horse in WW1, When rejected for active service, was given Rank of Drill Sargent, stationed at the Sydney Show Ground. Seldom spoke of his Service, he must have done as much as anyone in those years, from start to finish, we of the large family are justly proud, he helped me in Cadets, during WW2. Taught me (John Bryant) horsemanship and safe care of my rifle. His General Store business he left for his wife Elisa to run, while at War. Times were in depression and when Grandfather returned, the debts owed by customers taking advantage of Gran sent it to the wall. Major Arnott gave Grandfather a job, to be in charge of their Delivery Wagons. When he did not want to drive a motor lorry, after about 1922, Arnotts had him their lift driver and later, nightwatchman. He spent the rest of his life in this position of trust and was known by thousands of people.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: John Saxon Bryant OAM, LARGS NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson

Name of Descendant: Leila Bryant, Bendigo VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Granddaughter

Name of Descendant: Roslyn Joy Winzar, Bendigo VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Great granddaughter


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