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Private Robert Orton

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Robert Orton

Ancestor's date of birth: 31/05/1856

Ancestor's date of death: 06/08/1828

Cause of Death: Carcinoma Lung, Exhaustion.

Service and Life Before the Boer War: 9th Queens Royal Lancers 1873-88c. Afghanistan 1878-80. Ali Musjid. Qld Police Service 1885-89.

Service Number: 212

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Brisbane

Unit: A Company, 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry.

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 01/11/1899

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

Murray Page: 451

Contingent: First Queensland.

Ship: 'Cornwall' No.66, Date of Sailing: 04/11/1899

Memorial details: QMI Museum, Enoggera.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, Johannesburg, Driefontein and Relief of Kimberley clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: From December 1899 in northwest Cape Colony including victory over rebel band at Sunnyside (1 January 1900), Free State, and east Transvaal. Invalided to Australia, arriving 19 November 1900.

Service and life after the Boer War: Served in the Queensland Police 1901-06.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Christine Purvis, New Farm QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: great grandaughter (maternal side)

Name of Descendant: Richard Steindl, Indooroopilly QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Great grand son (maternal side)


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