The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Gunner William Feagan

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: William Albert Feagan

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1878 Queanbeyan NSW

Ancestor's date of death: 29/09/1917

Cause of Death: Died of Wounds in France WW1

Service Number: Not Known -

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

Unit: A Battery NSW Permanent Artillery (Royal Australian Artillery)

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): CPL, Date Effective: 15/06/1917

Murray Page: Not Listed

Contingent: Second New South Wales

Ship: Langton Grange, Date of Sailing: 14/11/1899

Memorial details: Intered at Lijssenthoek Millitary Cemetery, Belgium, grave XXV. D. 3A. Name is on the wall of the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Decorations: Queen's South Africa clasps. British War medal and Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: He was a Bacon Curer by trade and served 5 years as a full time soldier. Height 172 cm, weight 75 kg (1916).

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: He served as a Galloper (messenger on horseback) to staff oficers until A Battery arrived. Mentioned in Letters to Queanbeyan Age newspaper. Then served with the battery February 1900 - August 1901 in Cape Colony, Free State and Transvaal. Battery was armeed with 15 pounder breach loaders, and split into sections (two guns each) and scattered across the battlefield. Served as a Horse Minder.

Service and life after the Boer War: Married Florence, was living at Petersham NSW in 1916. In WW1 he joined the AIF on 18 September 1916 #2903 Cpl Feagan 59th Battalion AIF. He died of wounds received in Polygon Wood on the 25 September 1917.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Shirley Denyer, Pehshurst NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Niece


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