The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Trooper Samuel Ralphs

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Samuel Ralphs

Ancestor's date of birth: 1873

Ancestor's date of death: 1949

Cause of Death: Age related

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born at Bombala NSW. Served in the New South Wales Permanent Military Forces 4 years.

Service Number: 309 (A Bty) and 2673 (1 ACH)

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

Unit: A Battery Royal Australian Artillery, 1 Bn Australian Commonwealth Horse.

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1902

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 15/11/1915

Murray Page: 55 and 174

Contingent: Second New South Wales and First Australian.

Ship: Warrigal, Date of Sailing: 30/12/1899

Ship: Custodian, Date of Sailing: 16/02/1902

Memorial details: Detail not provided.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen and King's South Africa Medals with clasps. British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height: 172 cm, weight: 64 kg of fresh complexion with black hair and hazel eyes.

Reasons to go and fight: A serving soldier.

Details of service in war: 1900 - August 1901 in Cape Colony and Transvaal with A Battery RAA. March - May 1902 on Natal border and west Transvaal with 1 ACH.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 9-13 August 1902 on the Drayton Grange. Married Hildred. Worked as a miner and lived at Bombala NSW. Joined the AIF (20 Bn, 10th Reinforcements) 15 November 1915, private No 4251. Trained in Egypt then served in France, suffered from rheumatism, returned to Australia and was medically discharged 14 November 1916.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: shirley Barrette, Warilla NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: great niece


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