The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Colour Sergeant William Wright

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: William Duncan Wright

Ancestor's date of birth: 19/09/1865

Ancestor's date of death: 30/11/1951

Cause of Death: Congestive Heart Failure

Service Number: 21001

Colony or State of enlistment: Not applicable, Place of Enlistment: Chelmsford, England

Unit: 44th Suffolk Company, 12th Battalion Imperial Yeomanry

Rank attained in Boer War: CSGT, Date Effective: Detail not provided

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: Travelled from the UK

Memorial details: Detail not provided.

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Orange Free State and SA 1901 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Born in Yorkshire UK. Height 182 cm, weight 78 kg.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: The Imperial Yeomanry were not well employed during the Boer War. Recriuted from mounted militiamen in the UK, they lacked the horse and bush fighting skills of their colonial comrades, thus were given mundane tasks where lack of real action and disease did little for their morale. This meant that when called upon to fight, the results were not always creditable.

Service and life after the Boer War: He migrated to Australia with his wife six sons and one daughter in 1910. During WW1 5 sons went to war and only 4 returned the youngest being killed at The Somme.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Margaret Staker, Capalaba QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Daughter


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