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Sergeant Joseph Gawith

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Joseph Kitchen Gawith

Ancestor's date of birth: 18 Dec 1865 in Avoca, Vic

Ancestor's date of death: 1944 Sabie, South Africa

Cause of Death: Detail not provided

Service Number: 444

Colony or State of enlistment: WA, Place of Enlistment: Detail not provided

Unit: 6 Western Australian Mounted Infantry

Rank attained in Boer War: SGT, Date Effective: 11/12/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Detail not provided

Murray Page: Not applicable

Contingent: Did not serve in an Australian unit

Ship: Ulstermore, Date of Sailing: 10/05/1901

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: King's South Africa medal with clasps 1901 and 1902

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: Served with Major-General F.W. Kitchener's Column for most of 1901. Returned home 7 Apr 1902.

Service and life after the Boer War: He is surposed to have paraded with the Aust Corination Corp at the Corination of Edward VII on 9 Aug 1902. While in England he won the World Champion Revolver Shot at Bisley. Joseph later returned to Sabie South Africa, and opened a general Store. He remained in South Africe for the rest of his life, but made several trips back to Jeparit, Victoria. He has a daughter still living in South Africa age 91.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Heather Joy Mackenzie, Kingston SA

Relationship to Ancestor: Grand niece


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