The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Trooper (Later Sergeant) Richard Bunn

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Richard William Bunn

Ancestor's date of birth: 03/08/1878

Ancestor's date of death: 21/06/1937

Cause of Death: Natural Causes

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Builder around Port lincoln, Streaky Bay and Cowell.

Service Number: 141

Colony or State of enlistment: SA, Place of Enlistment: Adelaide

Unit: 4th South Australian Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: 16/05/1915

Murray Page: 360

Contingent: Fourth South Australian

Ship: Manhattan, Date of Sailing: 01/05/1900

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Transvaal and SA 1901 clasps. British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height 167 cm, weight 73 kg (1915), of fair complexion with dark brown hair and blue eyes.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: June 1900 - June 1901 in Cape Colony including charge at Bakenkop (3 July 1900) and skirmish at Stinkhoutboom where three killed (24 July 1900), and in northern Transvaal including battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), great De Wet hunt, and advance on Pietersburg and into east Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 27 July 1901 on the Britannic. Married Elizabeth. Joined the AIF on 18 October 1915 3rd Light Horse, 18th Reinforcements. Made acting sergeant 16 May 1915 only to lose this rank soon after. Joined 1 Double Squadron in Palestine on 29 May 1916, promoted corporal 1 July 1916, transferred to the 4th (Australian) Battalion Imperial Camel Corps 2 November 1916. Suffered a broken tibia on 6 March 1917 at Abbassia, and was eventually returned to Australia and discharged on 11 July 1917.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Mark Brenton Taylor, Port Augusta SA
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grandson


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