The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Sergeant Joseph Anscombe

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Joseph Thomas Anscombe

Ancestor's date of birth: 06/01/1868

Ancestor's date of death: 23/09/1952

Cause of Death: Old Age, Born in London, died in Lidcombe Sydney NSW

Service Number: 38796 Great Britain

Colony or State of enlistment: Not Applicable Place of Enlistment: No 9 Pall Mall London

Unit: 128th Coy 28th Bn Imperial Yeomanry

Rank attained in Boer War: SGT, Date Effective: Detail not provided

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): WO2, Date Effective: 09/04/1915

Murray Page: Not applicable did not serve in an Australian Unit

Contingent: Not applicable

Ship: Travelled from the UK

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape colony clasp, King's South Africa Medal with SA1902 clasp. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Motor mechanic by trade. Height: 171 cm, weight: 77 kg (1919), fair complexion, fair hair, blue eyes.

Reasons to go and fight: He had already served 12 years in the King's Royal Rifle Corps in the UK before the Boer War.

Details of service in war: He served twice in South Africa for a total of 1 year and 209 days on operations with the Imperial Yeomanry.

Service and life after the Boer War: Migrated to Australia, by 1914 was living in Randwick with his wife Celia. He enlisted in the AIF on 16 January 1915 served as #1903 with 13 Bn AIF as WO2 discharged 18 December 1915 suffering from rheumatism, re-enlisted and served out the war in the AMF as a CPL. He then served in the Permanent Forces as instructional staff, WO2 in Sydney from 26 March 1919 until 1920.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Mrs L Kemp, Roselands NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Sponsor


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