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Trooper Samuel Lawer

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Samuel James (Jim) Lawer

Ancestor's date of birth: 18/07/1881

Ancestor's date of death: 07/01/1945

Cause of Death: Stroke

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Stockman, working in the Granite Belt area of NSW and Qld.

Service Number: 178

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Tenterfield

Unit: NSW Citizens' Bushmen

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

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

Murray Page: 77

Contingent: Third New South Wales

Ship: Atlantian, Date of Sailing: 28/02/1900

Memorial details: Details not provided

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Rhodesia, Transvaal, SA 1901 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Details not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Adventure.

Details of service in war: April 1900 - April 1901 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including defence of Elands River Post (4-16 August 1900), and in northern Transvaal, great De Wet hunt (February - March 1901) and advance on Petersburg. He was also involved in an incident a few days before Elands River recalled in the "Tenterfield Star' on 16 and 20 August 1917 in articles by his CO Captain (later Major) JF Thomas.

Service and life after the Boer War: He married Ann Maria Beddow on !4 July 1904. They had four daughters and two sons. He worked in the New England and Richmond River area as a mail contractor, a share farmer and a miner. For a period in the 1930s he worked in the Kalgoorlie gold mines.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Thomas Francis Meany, Torrens ACT
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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