The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Corporal Lionel Manning|
Name of Ancestor: Lionel Walter Manning
Ancestor's date of birth: 01/07/1877
Ancestor's date of death: 15/12/1939
Cause of Death: Pheumonia and Pleurisy at Manly NSW
Service Number: 3435
Colony or State of enlistment: Not applicable, Place of Enlistment: Wellington New Zealand
Unit: 17 Company, Wellington Section, 6th New Zealand Contingent
Rank attained in Boer War: CPL, Date Effective: 01/01/19
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service.
Murray Page: Not applicable, did not serve in an Australian Unit
Contingent: 6th New Zealand Contingent
Ship: Cornwall, Date of Sailing: 30/01/1901
Memorial details: Cremated
Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps
Personal Characteristics: Wonderful husband and father
Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided
Details of service in war: Arriving in South Africa in March 1901, the 6th Contingent was soon involved in a series of long treks through northern Transvaal, It formed part of one of the elite highly mobile formations employed by Kitchener throughout South Africa to attack Boer commandos and to respond to enemy actions. During it's service in South Africa the Contingent was involved in operations in the former Boer Republics and in Natal, covering some 5000 kilometers on horseback or foot. Men could spend 11 or 12 hours alternately riding and leading their horses. They often slept in the open and survived on inadequate rations, which consisted of mainly of hard army biscuits and bully beef. Support arrangements for the mobile columns were inadequate. As a result, men often had to serve in ragged uniforms that were infested with lice. At the end of June 1901 the men of the Sixth Contingent staged a General Strike in protest at the failure to replace their worn out uniforms. The harsh conditions were especially hard on the horses.
Service and life after the Boer War: His next of kin was his mother Mrs Louise Manning from Christchurch NZ. Before joining the army Cpl Manning was a photographer.