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Sergeant William Rust

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: William Rust

Ancestor's date of birth: 1875

Ancestor's date of death: 08/05/1902

Cause of Death: Died of disease in South Africa in the last month of the war

Service Number: 23 and 258

Colony or State of enlistment: SA, Place of Enlistment: Adelaide

Unit: 1st South Australian Mounted Rifles and 5th South Australian Imperial Bushmen

Rank attained in Boer War: SGT, Date Effective: 09/02/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Did not survive the Boer War

Murray Page: 368, 391

Contingent: First and Fifth South Australian

Ship: Medic, Date of Sailing: 02/11/1899

Ship: Ormazon, Date of Sailing: 09/02/1901

Memorial details: Kroonstad war cemetery, South Africa, Australian National War Memorial Canberra, Adelaide Boer War Memorial.

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

Personal Characteristics: An engineer aged 24 born in Glanville SA, next of kin Mrs S Rust Adelaide

Reasons to go and fight: Detail Not provided

Details of service in war: November 1899 - October 1900 in northern Cape Colony, Free State and in east Transvaal with the 1 SAMR. March 1901 - March 1902 in Free State including defence of Graspan where five dead (6 June 1901) and charge at Grootvlei (2 August 1901) with 5 SAIB. Came down with enteric fever (Typloid) soon after 5SAIB were withdrawn from action, is buried at Kroonstad.

Service and life after the Boer War: Did not survive the Boer War

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: John Rust, Greenwich NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand nephew


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