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Trooper William Geer

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: William Charles Geer

Ancestor's date of birth: 22/01/1882

Ancestor's date of death: 27/06/1964

Cause of Death: Age-related illness

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Boundary rider out of Tumut NSW

Service Number: 234

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

Unit: 1st Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse

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

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

Murray Page: 171

Contingent: First Australian

Ship: Custodian, Date of Sailing: 16/02/1902

Memorial details: Details not provided.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal and South Africa 1902 Clasp.

Personal Characteristics: Height 169 cm with medium complexion. Good family man, supporting widowed mother with 7 younger siblings.

Reasons to go and fight: Patriotism. Only free to enlist on completion contract late in war, at age 22.

Details of service in war: March - May 1902 on Natal border and west Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia: 9-13 August 1902 on the Drayton Grange. Returned to Sydney, married and had one daughter. Died in the Sydney suburb of Bexley.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Elaine Grimley, Miranda NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Niece

 


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