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Saddler later WO1 Joseph McNamara

Ancestor Details

Joseph McNamara

Ancestor's date of birth: 18/02/1866, Kilkenny, Ireland

Ancestor's date of death: 1943

Cause of Death: Unknown

Service Number: 1625

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

Unit: 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE (Saddler), Date Effective: On Enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): WO1, Date Effective: Detail not available

Murray Page: 301

Contingent: Fifth Victorian

Ship: Orient, Argus, or City of Lincoln, Date of Sailing: 15/02/1901

Memorial details: VMR Memorial Melbourne

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal and SA 01 clasps, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Personal Characteristics: Height: 1.75 m, Weight: 82.6 kg (1918)

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: From March 1901 in east Transvaal and Natal frontier, including defeat at Wilmansrust where 18 killed and 42 wounded including Joseph McNamara, 12 June 1901. He was invalided to Australia, arriving 3 November 1901.

Service and life after the Boer War: Full time regular (Royal Australian Artillery 7 years, instructional staff). Was living in Taylor Street, Parramatta NSW and married to Mary when he enlisted in the AIF for special service on 20 July 1918 to escort a draft of Italian reservists to England. He was discharged from the AIF on 20 January 1919.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Michael McIlwraith, Dee Why NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grandson


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