The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Private William Abrahams|
Ancestor's Name: William John Abrahams
Ancestor's date of birth: 1881
Ancestor's date of death: 10/03/1900
Cause of Death: Killed in Action Abrams Kraal, Driefontein
Service and Life Before the Boer War: He was born in the Bega area of NSW. He had previous service in the NSW Mounted Rifles
Service Number: 15
Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Bega
Unit: A Squadron , 1st NSW Mounted Rifles
Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 1899
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Did not survive the Boer War.
Murray Page: 33 and 203
Contingent: First New South Wales.
Ship: SS Aberdeen, Date of Sailing: 03/11/1899
Memorial details: Bega Boer War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Canberra, private memorial Bloemfontein, buried Bosrand farm, Jacobsdal district (near the confluence of the Modder and Riet Rivers, 20 km south of Kimberley).
Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Paardeburg, Driefontein and Relief of Kimberley clasps.
Personal Characteristics: An excellent, steady, first rate young soldier (his OC Capt Antill). He wrote regularly to his parents and was highly regarded in the district.
Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.
Details of service in war: Service - December 1899 - March 1900 in north-west Cape Colony, and Free State. During the action at Abrams Kraal near Driefontein William was part of a group moving to accept a Boer surrender under white flags when the Boers opened fire. Surgeon Captain Marshall travelling with the unit reported that Abrahams was hit only a few metres from him. "The poor boy staggered up to me, the blood welling out of his mouth, he died in a few minutes. There was a letter in his pocket from his mother, only just received that he had not yet opened. His father had brought a package of comforts to the local depot commander Major Bland, only to be told that news had just come through of his son's death."
Service and life after the Boer War: Did not survive the Boer War.
Name of Descendant: Mildred Dowler, Punchbowl NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Niece