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Private William Colville

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: William Colville aka William Colville TILNEY

Ancestor's date of birth: 13/09/1878

Ancestor's date of death: 09/02/1949

Cause of Death: Not stated.

Service Number: 282

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: QLD

Unit: 4th Queensland Imperial Bushmen

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

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

Murray Page: 485

Contingent: Fourth Queensland

Ship: Manchester Port, Date of Sailing: 18/05/1900

Memorial details: Detail not provided.

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Orange Free State, Transvaal and SA 1901 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Was also known as William Colville TILNEY.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: June 1900 - June 1901 in Free State and Transvaal, including battle of Rhenosterkop (29 November 1900), great De Wet hunt and advance on Pietersburg and into east Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 5 August 1901 on the Britannic. Married Emily Nygren on 8 November 1903. No further information provided on his life after the Boer War.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Sandy Liddle, Thorneside QLD 4158

Relationship to Ancestor: Half great grand niece


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