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Trooper William Langsford

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: William Henry Langsford

Ancestor's date of birth: 17/03/1849

Ancestor's date of death: 10/03/1918

Cause of Death: Heart failure due to Atheroma, Myocardiac Deficiency, dilation of the heart

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Lived in the Maitland NSW district. No other details provided.

Service Number: 1017

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

Unit: 1st Australian Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 01/11/1899

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

Murray Page: 47

Contingent: First New South Wales

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

Memorial details: Maitland Boer War Memorial

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Kimberley, Orange Free State, Paardeberg, Driefontein, Transvaal and possibly other clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Nicknamed 'King Billy'

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: From December 1899 in northern Cape Colony, Free State, and east Transvaal; with French's cavalry division from relief of Kimberley (February 1900). Invalided to Australia due to illness arriving 30 August 1900.

Service and life after the Boer War: Was 50-51 years of age when he served in South Africa. No details provided of his life on return.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Robert (Phil) Langsford, Port Macquarie
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Great Grand Son


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