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Lance Corporal William Edley

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: William Edley aka Ernest Beacham

Ancestor's date of birth: 18/08/1881

Ancestor's date of death: 29/03/1926

Cause of Death: Mitrol Regurgitation

Service Number: 202 and 130

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Tenterfield

Unit: NSW Imperial Bushman and 5th Australian Commonwealth Horse B Squadron

Rank attained in Boer War: LCPL, Date Effective: 01/01/19

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

Murray Page: 92 and 188

Contingent: 4th NSW Contingent and 3rd Australian Contingent

Ship: Armenian, Date of Sailing: 23/04/1900

Ship: Columbia, Date of Sailing: 22/05/1902

Other Boer War Service: B Squadron Australian Commonwealth Horse

Memorial details: War Memorial Bathurst NSW

Decorations: QSA +5 clasps Transvaal, Orange Free State, Rhodesia, Cape Colony, SA 1901.

Personal Characteristics: Of Chinese descent, height: 179 cm.

Reasons to go and fight: Adventure

Details of service in war: With NSWIB May 1900 - May 1901 in Rhodesia and west Transvaal including capture of de la Rey's convoy and guns at Wildfontein (24 March 1901). 5 Bn ACH arrived after the war ended.

Service and life after the Boer War: A Station Hand in civilian life.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Robert Crick, Cronulla NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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