The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private William Kimmins

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: William Charles Kimmins

Ancestor's date of birth: 12/01/1884

Ancestor's date of death: 21/04/1948

Cause of Death: Coronary Occlusion and Hypertension

Service and Life Before the Boer War: No detail provided.

Service Number: 509

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

Unit: 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 01/03/1901

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

Murray Page: 504

Contingent: Fifth Queensland

Ship: Chicago, Date of Sailing: 10/03/1901

Memorial details: Buried in Queensland

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal, Orange Free State, Cape Colony, South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Unknown, but perhaps because he had an aging father and younger siblings, the money would have helped the family considerably or perhaps patriotism and adventure for the then 17 year old.

Details of service in war: April 1901 - March 1902 in east Transvaal, Free State including defeat at Mokari Drift (27 September 1901), and Natal border campaign including stand at Onverwacht (4 January 1902) where 13 died and 17 wounded.

Service and life after the Boer War: William arrived back in Brisbane from South Africa on board the ship St Andrew on 30 April 1902. He was discharged on 5 May 1902 in Brisbane. No further details supplied.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Stella Pearle Murphy (nee Kimmins), Cairns QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: grand-daughter


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