The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Private Uglow Batchelor|
Name of Ancestor: Uglow Batchelor
Ancestor's date of birth: 13/08/1877
Ancestor's date of death: 19/12/1919
Cause of Death: Pulmonary Tuberculosis and Heart Failure
Service Number: 340
Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Detail not provided
Unit: 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen
Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On enlistment
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 11/05/1915
Murray Page: 500
Contingent: Fifth Queensland
Ship: Templemore, Date of Sailing: 06/03/1901
Memorial details: Detail not provided
Decorations: Queen and King's South Africa Medals with clasps. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Personal Characteristics: Height 1.72 m, weight: 68 kg (1915). He was a talented musician. He played the piano and he and my grandmother, Janet, would play at dances in the Mount Morgan area.
Reasons to go and fight: My grandfather was a recently arrived immigrant from the UK so I would expect that it was a sense of patriotism. He had no family in Australia at the time of his enlistment.
Details of service in war: April 1900 - March 1902 in east Transvaal, Free State including defeat at Mokari Drift (27 September 1901), and Natal border campaign including stand at Onverwacht (4 January 1902) where he was slightly wounded.
Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 30 April 1902 on the St Andrew then train from Sydney. Worked as a miner, was married to Janet and living at Red Hill near Mt Morgan in 1915. Served in WW1 at Gallipoli where he was wounded (November 1915) and then France. Enlisted on 11 May 1915 at Mt Morgan Qld No 1655 with 25 Infantry Battalion AIF 1-8 Reinforcements Embarked 20 Aug 1915 from Sydney on HMAT Shropshire. A tad naughty, he returned late from leave, was asleep afrer revellie, and was charged with stealing from the Mess. He returned to Australia on 8 August, then discharged October 1916 (Service record), deemed unable to continue to serve as a result of the wound received at Gallipoli.
Name of Descendant: Lyndall Jill Hall, Toukley NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Granddaughter