The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Gunner Joseph Carr

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Joseph Harry Carr

Ancestor's date of birth: 07/09/1869

Ancestor's date of death: 20/08/1965

Cause of Death: old age

Service and Life Before the Boer War: He was born near Hendon in Middlesex England. He was a professional soldier from 1889 in 'A' Battery Royal Horse Artillery. This unit was stationed in India when the Boer War broke out.

Service Number: 9986

Colony or State of enlistment: Not Australia, Place of Enlistment: England

Unit: 'A' Bty Royal Horse Artillery

Rank attained in Boer War: GNR, Date Effective: 1899

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 07/08/1914

Murray Page: Not allicable, did not serve in an Australian unit.

Contingent: Not applicable.

Ship: From India

Memorial details: Buried at Rookwood NSW.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Defence of Ladysmith, Belfast, Cape Colony, Orange Free Satae, Laings Nek clasps. 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: 175 cm tall, fair complexion, Dark Brown Hair, Blue eyes.

Reasons to go and fight: A professional Soldier

Details of service in war: 'A' Battery RHA arrived in Natal from India in time to assist at Vaal Krantz, 5 to 7 February 1900, and in the final operations for the relief of Ladysmith. Part of the battery was involved in the Defence of Ladysmith. Accompanied General Buller in his northern advance, and their "excellent services" on the way to Laing's Nek, at Alleman's Nek, Bergendal, and other actions in the northern advance, were acknowledged by General Buller in his despatches. In the Paardeplatz-Lyden-burg district A Battery was constantly fighting and had many losses. Three officers and 6 non-commissioned officers and men were mentioned in General Buller's final despatch of 9th November 1900. The battery was present in Pretoria at the ceremony of the annexation on 25th October 1900, and shortly afterwards left South Africa for England.

Service and life after the Boer War: After leaving the British army in 1902 Joseph came to Australia. He served briefly in the RAA. He enlisted in the AIF on 7 August 1914, as no 116 4 Bn, he served in both B and D coys of that unit. He was living at Dee Why at the time of enlistment He took part in the Gallipoli landings but later was injured in a fall and evacuated. On 19 December 1916 he received grenade shrapnel wounds to the right side of his face in the Mametz area of France. He was discharged medically unfit from the AIF on 10 December 1917. Late in his life he lived in the Auburn/South Granville area of Sydney.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Karen Fisher, Merrylands NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Daughter


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