The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Trooper Walter Nowland

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Walter Richard (Known as Dick) Nowland

Ancestor's date of birth: 16/07/1872 at 'Caletoota' near Muswellbrook

Ancestor's date of death: 09/08/1956

Cause of Death: Natural causes (see death certificate below).

Service Number: 59

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

Unit: 3rd QLD Mounted Infantry

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On Enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No post Boer War Service

Murray Page: 468

Contingent: Third Queensland

Ship: Duke of Portland Date of Sailing: 02/03/1900

Memorial details: Listed on the Australian War Memorial, Canberra (?).

Decorations: 2 claps on QSA medal. Relief of Mafeking and Transvaal.

Personal Characteristics: Keen golfer and cricketer at Muswellbrook.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: April 1900 - April 1901 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including relief of Mafeking (16-17 May 1900), defeat at Koster River (22 July 1900) and defence of Elands River Post (4-16 August 1900), and under Plumer in northern Transvaal including battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), and advance on Pietersburg.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia: June 1901 on Morayshire and train from Sydney. Mr W.R.Nowland was appointed temporary clerk of the Municipality of Muswellbrook, NSW on the 21 June, 1906 at a salary of one pound per week and occupied this temporary position until the 20 February, 1907 when he was appointed to the permanent position of Shire Clerk at an annual salary of 200 pounds. It is interesting to note that Mr.Nowland continued to serve the Council in this capacity until 1949.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Oliver Sieur
Relationship to Ancestor: Great, great Nephew


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