The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Trooper William Armstrong

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: William Alec Armstrong

Ancestor's date of birth: 20/01/1878

Ancestor's date of death: 07/09/1949

Cause of Death: above date of death approximate - probable cause of death heart failure

Service Number: 1141 Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: unknown

Unit: 3rd NSW Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 27/02/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE

Murray Page: 128

Contingent: Fifth New South Wales

Ship: Maplemore, Date of Sailing: 05/03/1901

Memorial details: His name is inscribed on the Boer War memorial at Bathurst

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with 1901 and 1902 clasps, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Australian General Service Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: April 1901 - April 1902 in Free State and easy Transvaal including Boer breakthrough at Langverwacht (24 February 1901).

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 3 June 1902. WW1- Served in France (and gassed) in 1917/18 as a Private with the 33 Bn AIF. Service no. N10301 WW11 - Served as a Private with 7 Garrison Battalion in 1941/42.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Brian Alan Openshaw, Killara NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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