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Sergeant Major Otto Schumann

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor:Otto Frederick Schumann

Ancestor's date of birth: 1876

Ancestor's date of death: 06/05/1901

Cause of Death: Killed in action Venterspruit

Service and Life Before the Boer War: A labourer, married and living in Adelaide when enlisted.

Colony or State of enlistment: Not Australia Place of Enlistment: Adelaide

Unit: 5th South Australian Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: SSGT, Date Effective: 28/01/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Did not survive the Boer War

Murray Page: 368 and 391

Contingent: Fifth South Australian

Ship: SS Ormazon, Date of Sailing: 09/02/1901

Memorial details: Frankfort cemetery South Africa, St Peters Cathedral, Adelaide and Boer War Memorial, North Terrace, Adelaide.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Orange Free State and SA 1901 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Height 173 cm, of dark complexion with black hair and brown eyes.

Reasons to go and fight: Details not provided

Details of service in war: Embarked at Port Adelaide on 9 February 1901, called at Albany and Capetown and disembarked at Port Elizabeth 23 March. They proceeded to Kroonstad and joined Colonel De Lisle's column. When the 6th SAIB arrived in April both contingents were combined into a single regiment under the command of Major Shea, Indian Staff Corps. By this time the 5th had already trekked 465 kilometres on operations. The Divisional commander was Maj Gen E Locke Elliott. They operated mainly in the North East of the Orange Free State. Sergeant Major Schumann was Killed in action at Venterspruit about 40 kilometres south west of Standerton in the Orange Free State on 16 May 1901.

Service and life after the Boer War: Did not survive the Boer War

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Trevor Jones, Henley Beach SA
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Uncle-in-Law


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