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Private Philip Dwyer

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Philip Dwyer

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/11/1878

Ancestor's date of death: 06/07/1942

Cause of Death: heart failure

Service Number: 868

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

Unit: 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No record of post Boer War Service

Murray Page: 284

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 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: March 1901 - March 1902 in east Transvaal and Natal frontier, including defeat at Wilmansrust where 18 killed and 42 wounded (12 June 1901), and successful intervention at Onverwacht (4 January 1902); heaviest casualties of any Australian contingent, at Wilmansrust suffered the costliest defeat.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 25 April 1901 on the St Andrew. No further details of his life were provided with the registration.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Mae Bowater, Montrose VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Great niece

 


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