The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Trooper (later Sergeant) James Williams|
Ancestor's Name: James Gordon Williams
Ancestor's date of birth: 28/05/1880
Ancestor's date of death: 10/07/1988
Cause of Death: Old age (was 108)
Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born in Cunnamulla Queensland. Bushman and horsebreaker with one Harry Morant in outback Queensland.
Service Number: 452
Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Central Queensland, perhaps Toowoomba
Unit: 7th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse
Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1902
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: 23/12/1918
Murray Page: 540
Contingent: Third Australian Commonwealth
Ship: Custodian, Date of Sailing: 19/05/1902
Memorial details: Buried in Queensland
Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with South Africa 1902 clasp. British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Personal Characteristics: Height 166 cm, weight 62 kg (1916), of fair complexion with blue eyes and brown hair.
Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.
Details of service in war: Got as far as Newcastle in Natal, saw no action.
Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia: 2 Aug 1902 on Manchester Merchant. Lived in Wallumbilla Queensland, worked as a grazier. Joined the AIF 5 May 1916 as a trooper 3195 in the 2 LH. Served in Palestine in 2 and 1 LH. Died age 108 - believe he was the "last Australian boer war veteran - Died in Brisbane not long after visiting Expo 88".
Name of Descendant: Peter John Hazelwood, Rossmore NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: He was my great uncle