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Trooper William Talbot

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: William Henry Talbot

Ancestor's date of birth: 08/11/1878

Ancestor's date of death: 02/11/1918

Cause of Death: 1918 influenza

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born in Swansea, registered in Newcastle (NSW), schooled in Sydney, left to go to South Africa, joined up and fought in the 2nd Boerwar

Service Number: 1433

Colony or State of enlistment: Not Australia Place of Enlistment: South Africa

Unit: 2nd Imperial Light Horse

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

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

Murray Page: Not applicable did not serve in an Australian unit.

Contingent: Not applicable

Ship: Was already in South Africa

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen and possibly King's South Africa Medal/s with clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: The inception of the ILH took place at Pietermaritzburg in September 1899 it comprised Utilanders including Australians. They first served at Elandslaagte in Natal, which was fought on 21 October 1899. Service was then in the Transvaal, Bechuanaland including the relief of Mafikeng, Transvaal and the Orange Free State until the peace was negotiated in 1902.

Service and life after the Boer War: After the war he moved to Rhodesia, and was working on the Gold mines. He met and Married Florence Bain in Bulawayo and they had 5 children. William passed away whilst working on the Champion Mine just outside Gwanda. He was at that time assistant Mine Manager

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Robert Cecil Talbot, Alexandra Hills QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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