The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Sergeant William Burgess

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: William Joseph Burgess

Ancestor's date of birth: 19/09/1877

ncestor's date of death: 12/07/1958

Cause of Death: Pulmonary Oedema

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Farmer

Service Number: 595 (4 VIB), 2202 (4 ACH)

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

Unit: 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen, 4 Bn Australian Commonwealth Horse

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service

Murray Page: 273

Contingent: Fourth Victorian,

Ship: Victorian, Date of Sailing: 01/05/1900

Ship: Templemore, Date of Sailing: 26/05/1902

Memorial details: Detail not provides

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Rhodesia, Transvaal and Cape Colony clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Height: 180 cm, fair hair and complexion, hazel eyes.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: May 1900 - June 1901 with 4 VIB in Rhodesia, west Transvaal, Cape Colony including relief of Philipstown (11 February 1901), capture of Boer guns at Read's Drift (23 February), and capture of Boer patrol near Doornkloof (1 March 1901); then garrison duty in Rhodesia. Did not see active service with 4 ACH.

Service and life after the Boer War: : Returned to farming in Leneva West Victoria untin moving to Sydney where he worked as a driver of horse drawn wagons,after the Depression, as a storeman and Municipal Council labourer.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: SQNLDR John Francis Burgess ED KM (Retd), Murrumba Downs QLD 4503
Relationship to Ancestor: Son

Name of Descendant: Dominique Jan (Mrs) Duncan, Parkinson QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand-daughter

Name of Descendant: Caitlin Emma Duncan, Parkinson QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Great-grand-daughter

Name of Descendant: Connor James Duncan, Parkinson QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Great grandson

Name of Descendant: Patricia Mary Vigors (nee Burgess), Belmont NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Daughter

Name of Descendant: Michelle Anne ( Mrs) James, Belmont NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Daughter

Name of Descendant: Kyle Patrick James, Belmont NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grandson

Name of Descendant: Ryan Daniel James, Belmont NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grandson

Name of Descendant: Christopher John Vigors, Blue Haven NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson

Name of Descendant: Janette Titterton, Coogee NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Granddaughter


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