The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private Samuel Howe

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Samuel James (Jim) Howe

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/07/1880

Ancestor's date of death: 12/04/1943

Cause of Death: War grief at sending two of his sons into the Second World War.

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Jim Howe, a bootmaker, enlisted for the war in the Transvaal. His mates who died on the veldt are listed on the War Memorial in Anzac Square Brisbane as 'our fallen heroes of the South African War'. They fought the Boers in their Second War of Independence from Britain. The British actions in securing a peace, were as well documented, quite unconscionable.

Service Number: 176

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD Place of Enlistment: Detail not provided

Unit: 4th Queensland Imperial Bushmen

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

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

Murray Page: 483

Contingent: Fourth Queensland

Ship: Manchester Port, Date of Sailing: 18/05/1900

Other Boer War Service: Nil.

Memorial details: A gravestone in Queensland.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Orange Free State, Transvaal and SA 1901 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Integrity, honesty, practicality, compassion, loyalty, a loving son and brother, a loved and loving husband, father and grandfather.

Reasons to go and fight: Newspaper propaganda

Details of service in war: June 1900 - June 1901 in Free State, Transvaal, and 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: Married, had children and grandchildren. He owned Frimley Orchards in Keil Mountain Road and contributed to the Pineapple Industry in Queensland, all his working life. He became the first Chairman of Directors of the Southern Queensland Fruitgrowers' Association from 1919-1922. He was also Secretary of Woombye Primary School from 1919 until his death in 1943.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Margaret Jean Klaassen, Everton Park QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Eldest surviving grandchild


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