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Trooper William Swan

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: William Pearce Swan

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1881

Ancestor's date of death: 13/04/1949

Cause of Death: Stomach Cancer

Service Number: 1773

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

Unit: 3rd Australian Commonwealth Horse NSW

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): LCPL, Date Effective: 27/01/1917

Murray Page: 182

Contingent: Second Australian Contingent

Ship: Manhattan or Englishmen, Date of Sailing: 01/04/1902

Memorial details: Ashes interred at Rookwood Cemetery Sydney NSW

Awards/Decorations: QSA with Transvaal and SA1901,SA1902 clasps. BWM VM.

Personal Characteristics: A boundry Rider and carpenter born in New Zealand. Height 176 cm, weight 72 kg (1916).

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: His unit did not see service in South Africa.

Service and life after the Boer War: Worked as a carpenter and lived at Brighton-le-Sands NSW. Served in WW1 as No 16882 attaining the rank lance corporal with 11 Fd Company RAE AIF from 30/10/16 to 7/11/1919. Saw active service in France. Received training in the "wool industry" at Bradford Technical College, UK before discharge. Married Nellie Redhead 24 March 1919, who returned to Australia with him.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Edith Hope Matthews, Mildura VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Daughter


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