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Private (later Major) Nikolai Svensen

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Nikolai Theodor Svensen

Ancestor's date of birth: 27/09/1878 in Norway

Ancestor's date of death: 26/12/1966

Cause of Death: Natural Causes

Service Number: 141

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Brisbane

Unit: B Company 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): MAJ, Date Effective: 01/08/1924

Murray Page: 455

Contingent: First Queensland

Ship: Cornwall, Date of Sailing: 02/11/1899

Memorial details: Details not provided.

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with three clasps (Driefontein, Orange Free State, Relief of Kimberley). 1914-15 Star. British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Details not provided.

Reasons to go and fight: Details not provided.

Details of service in war: December 1899 - December 1900 in northwest Cape Colony including victory over rebel band at Sunnyside (1 January 1900), Free State, and east Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Continued to serve in the militia. Commissioned Lieutenant 30 July 1907, Captain 7 March 1910. Worked as a survey draftsman at the Survey Office, Brisbane. Married Katherine, in 1914 was living at Buranda Street, South Brisbane and had three children. Commissioned Lieutenant, A Company 15th Battalion AIF 30 September 1914. Unit embarked from Melbourne, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914. Wounded in the face at Gallipoli 10 May 1915. Treated in Malta for Typhoid November 1915. Returned to Australia 20 January 1916. Continued to serve in the AMF, posted to the Moreton Regiment.  Placed on the retired list with the honorary rank of Major in 1924.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Allan Alfred Svensen
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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