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Trooper Edward Humphreys

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Robert Withey Humphreys

Ancestor's date of birth: 26/12/1880

Ancestor's date of death: Detail not provided

Cause of Death: Heart failure

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Worked in Hobart as an office boy.

Service Number: 67

Colony or State of enlistment: TAS, Place of Enlistment: Hobart

Unit: 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 20/04/1900

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

Murray Page: 559

Contingent: Third Tasmanian.

Ship: Manhattan, Date of Sailing: 26/04/1900

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South African Medal with Free State and Transvaal clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Conduct 'Very Good', signed by Commanding Officer, Imperial South African Contingent. Tasmanian family/descendents have certificate of discharge dated 14 August 1901, Hobart.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: June 1900 - June 1901 in Free State and northern Transvaal including ambush at Zwartkloof (1 September 1900) and at battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), in great De Wet hunt, in advance on Pietersburg including ambush outside the town (8 April 1901), and in advance into east Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: In his working life and career in Tasmania, Robert Withey Humphreys rose from post boy to director of Henry Jones (later Henry Jones/IXL) based in Hobart. Family has a photo of his participation (centre) at the Australian and New Zealand Apple and Pear Export Conference in 1937.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Elizabeth Mary Stone, Erskineville NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Maternal great-grandfather


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