The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Private Robert Davies

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Robert Sydney Davies

Ancestor's date of birth: 20/07/1883

Ancestor's date of death: 08/02/1955

Cause of Death: Cancer

Service Number: 6534

Colony or State of enlistment: Not Applicable, Place of Enlistment: South Africa

Unit: British Army 4th Reserve 44th Essex Regiment - 1st Battalion A company.

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 05/10/1914

Murray Page: Not Applicable, did not serve in an Australian unit

Contingent: Not Applicable

Ship: Travelled privately (stow away) to South Africa

Memorial details: Essex Regiment Museum, Chelmsford UK.

Decorations: Queen's South Africa medal with Transvaal clasp, King's South Africa Medal with 1901 and 1902 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Born in Exeter, Devon. Height: 1.68 m, Weight: 67.7 kg (1914)

Reasons to go and fight: His love of excitement, he stowed away on a ship to South Africa.

Details of service in war: Notably his Regiment participated in the Relief of Kimberley and the Battle of Paardeberg.

Service and life after the Boer War: Worked as a wool presser. Served in the 9 Bn AIF during World War 1. Enlisted 5 October 1914, wounded at Gallipoli 2 June 1915, returned to Australia 5 July 1915. No further details of his life advised.

Descendant Detail

Name of Descendant: Linda Stevens, Thornleigh NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grand Daughter


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