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Private John Worrall

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: John Peter Worrall

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1882

Ancestor's date of death: 01/06/1947

Cause of Death: Detail not provided

Service Number: 37

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Gympie

Unit: 4th Queensland Imperial Bushmen

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: Detail not provided

Murray Page: 480

Contingent: Fourth Queensland

Ship: "Manchester Port" from Brisbane on the 18 May 1900, arrived Beira (Portuguese East Africa, now Mozambique) 14 June.

Other War Service: He joined the South Africa Light Horse from Jul 1901 to Feb 1902. His service number in the South Africa Light Horse was 2463.

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Detail not provided

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Queen's South Africa Medal, with 3 clasps, Transvaal, Orange Free State and Cape Colony. The King's Medal with 2 Campaign Bars, 1901 and 1902.

Details of service in war: June 1900 - June 1901 with the 4 QIB in Free State, Transvaal, and battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), great De Wet hunt and advance on Pietersburg and into east Transvaal. The SALH fought from July 1901 in the South African Republic (Transvaal) and the Orange Free State Republic until the end of the war.

Service and life after the Boer War: WW1 - 2 MG Bn. Grandad married Lavinia Wilson in 1908. They had only one surviving daughter, Jacqueline Maud (my mother). They lived in Toowoomba, there is also a Mt Morgan association with the Worralls. Jacqueline was born in 1911, in Rockhampton, QLD. Jacqueline was only 3 years old when her father enlisted in WW1 at Roma. I do remember being told of Grandad's love of horses and he used to break them in as well as riding them. Grandad also new Breaker Morant. He met him in the Boulia Creek district prior to the War. Another interesting piece of family history is regarding Charles Chauvel who is General Sir Harry Chavual's nephew. Charles is my mothers 2nd cousin. His grandfather Edward Wilcox (show name Sylvaney) married my great aunt Ada Maria Worrall, John Peter Worrall's sister. They had one son Kyrle and one daughter Elsie Sylvaney. Elsie married Charles Chauvel. My sister, Sylvaney Knight and I have been very fortunate to hold General Sir Harry Chauvel's Swagger Stick and read the birth records written in the Chauvel family bible which are located in the Military Museum in Maryborough, Queensland.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Myffanwy De Lacy, Queanbeyan NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: granddaughter

Name of Descendant: Fiona Williams, Maryborough QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grand Daughter


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