The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Sergeant Percy Guest|
Name of Ancestor: Percy Howard Guest
Ancestor's date of birth: 01/06/1873
Ancestor's date of death: Detail not provided
Cause of Death: Unknown. Presumed natural cases
Service Number: 9768
Colony or State of enlistment: Not Applicable, Place of Enlistment: Benares, India
Unit: 4 Bn, The Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own)
Rank attained in Boer War: SGT, Date Effective: 03/11/1899
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No higher rank
Murray Page: NA
Contingent: Did not serve in an Australian Unit.
Ship: SS Orient, Date of Sailing: 16/12/1901 (arrived Queestown 16 Dec 1901)
Memorial details: Rifle Brigade Memorial London
Decorations: QSA medal with clasps (4) Transvaal, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, King's Clasp (1902).
Personal Characteristics: Dicharge papers record character as "exemplary" with 4 good conduct badges.
Reasons to go and fight: Serving soldier in British Army
Details of service in war: Served in South Africa from Dec 1901 - Feb 1903. The 4th Battalion took part in the closing scenes in the Orange River Colony, when the infantry held the lines and the mounted men did the driving. Also served in India and Ireland
Service and life after the Boer War: Transferred to 7 Bn, The Rifle Brigade in July 1903 and appointed Sergeant Bugler / Band Sergeant. Claimed his brother Cecil Ernest from 17 Lancers to serve with him in the Rifle Brigade. Discharged at own request in July 1907 after 18 years service.
Name of Descendant: Bob Guest, Redfern NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great nephew