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Boer War 1899-1902 

Surnames W

These pages are a memorial to the 34 Tasmanians who lost their life in the Boer War. As part of the British Empire, Government of the day offered troops to fight the local farmers (or Boers) in South Africa. Tasmanians served mainly in mounted units, often known as “Mounted Rifles”, “Bushmen” or “Imperial Bushmen”.  They fought in both the British counter offensive of 1900 and in the long, weary guerrilla phases of the war lasting until 1902.

A full list of all Tasmanians who served in the following Contingents  MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES DECORATIONS AND ORDERS
1st (Tasmanian Mounted Infantry) 27th October 1899-7th December 1900 Lieutenant Colonel Watchorn Colonel Cameron C.B.
1st (Tasmanian Mounted Infantry) Reinforcements 18th January 1900-7 December 1900 Captain Adams Mercury” 31st. July 1902  Colonel Wallack C.B.
2nd (Tasmanian Bushmen) 5th March 1900-14th June 1901 Lieutenant Boyes Mercury” 31st. July 1902  Colonel Watchorn C.B.
3rd (First Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen) 26th April 1900-5th August 1901 Lieutenant McCormick Mercury” 31st. July 1902  DECORATION
4th (Second Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen) 27th March 1901-25th June 1902 Lieutenant Richardson Mercury” 31st. July 1902  Major R.C.Lewis D.S.O.
1st. Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas) 16th February 1902-9th August 1902 Transport Sgt Coombe Mercury” 31st. July 1902  Captain A. Riggall D.S.O.
3rd Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas) 8th April 1902-9th August 1902 Sergeant James Murphy Mercury” 31st. July 1902  Lieutenant R. Perkins D.S.O.
8th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas) 21st May 1902-28th July 1902 Sergeant Kemsley Mercury” 31st. July 1902  Lieutenant G.E.Wylly V.C.
  Trooper Cawthorn  Mercury” 31st. July 1902  Lieutenant J. H. Bisdee V.C.
    Sergeant Major Costello D.C.M.
    Trooper Clark D.C.M.
    Trooper Groom D.C.M.

# Honours and Awards          Name  Died on Service

WADDLE, Percy Charles Emanuel

Rank Private

Service Number No 245

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WADE, Percy

Rank Private

Service Number  No 251

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WADLEY, William Isaac   

Rank Private

Service Number  No 114

      3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent     

WALKER,

Rank Trooper  

Service Number  No 100

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent

WALKER, Alfred

Rank Sgt Major

Service Number  No 251

8 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

WALKER, George Arthur

Rank Private

Service Number  No 73

1 (Tas) Contingent

WALKER, George Arthur

Rank Sergeant

Service Number No 2128

3 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

WALLACK, Ernest Francis

Rank Corporal

Service Number  No 2137

3 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

WALLACK, Ernest Townsend  #

Rank Lt. Colonel

Service Number 

2 (Tas Bushmen) Contingent      

WALLER, William Albert

Rank Private 

Service Number  No 333

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WALTER, Crosswell Herbert

Rank Lieutenant

Service Number 

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent

WALTERS, George Albert  

Rank Trooper 

Service Number  No 116

 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent

WALTERS, George Albert  

Rank Trooper 

Service Number No 116

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent

WALTERS, William James

Rank Private

Service Number  No 362

8 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

WALTON, Thomas

Rank Trooper

Service Number  No 32 

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent      

WARBURTON, John 

Rank Private

Service Number  No 252

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WARD, Charles William

Rank Private

Service Number  No 1196

1 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

WARD, Kenny

Rank Trooper

Service Number  No 107

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent (Promoted Corporal)

WARD, Kenny

Rank Sergeant

Service Number No 2088

3 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

WARD, William Henry

Rank Bugler

Service Number  No 14

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent

WATCHORN, Edwin Thomas #  

Rank Lt Colonel

Service Number 

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent           

WATSON, Frederick

Rank Private

Service Number  No 249

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WATSON, Robert

Rank Private

Service Number  No 327

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WEBB, Frederick Henry

Rank Private

Service Number  No 325

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WEBER, Gustav Henry  

Rank Trooper

Service Number No 108

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent (promoted Corporal)

WEBSTER, David Samuel

Rank Private

Service Number  No 2101

3 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

WEEDING, Frederick

Rank Private

Service Number  No 7

1 (Tas) Contingent

WEEDING, John James

Rank Private

Service Number  No 332

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WELLARD, Gilbert

Rank Private

Service Number  No 91

1 (Tas) Contingent

WESTBROOK, Charles Walter

Rank Trooper

Service Number  No 115

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent

WHELAN, William Patrick 

Rank Trooper

Service Number No 113

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent

WHILEY, Harry

Rank Private

Service Number  No 253

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WHITE, Eric

Rank Private

Service Number  No 1219 

            1 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

WHITE, Edward Henry    

Rank Private

Service Number  No 331 

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WHITE, Frank Sandberg 

Rank Private

Service Number  No 574

8 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

WHITE, George  

Rank Trooper  

Service Number  No 111

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent

WHITE, George

Rank Private

Service Number No 326

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WHITE, William 

Rank Private

Service Number  No 349

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WHITELAW, John Henry  

Rank Corporal

Service Number  No 41

1 (Tas) Contingent      

WHITHAM, John Lawrence

Rank QMast Sgt

Service Number  No 2038

3 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

WHITING, Stephen Daley

Rank Private

Service Number  No 247

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WHITMORE, John William

Rank Trooper

Service Number  No 109

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent

WHITTLE, John Woods

Rank Private

Service Number No 347

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WILKINS, John William

Rank Private

Service Number  No 348

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WILKINSON, Harry George  

Rank Private

Service Number  No 336

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent         

WILKINSON, Reginald Longworth Cave

Rank Private

Service Number  No 171

2 (Tas Bushmen) Contingent

WILLIAMS, Alfred

Rank Private

Service Number  No 2045

3 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

WILLIAMS, Edward Oliver

Rank Private

Service Number  No 1216

1 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

WILLIAMS, Francis Hyld 

Rank Private

Service Number No 248

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WILLIAMS, Herbert Mouat

Rank Trooper

Service Number  No 106

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent

WILLIAMS, Herbert Mouat

Rank L/Corporal  

Service Number  No 1194

 1 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)          

WILLIAMS, John Langley 

Rank Private 

Service Number  No 1187

1 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

WILLIAMS, Percy Augustus

Rank Private 

Service Number  No 246

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WILLIAMS, Robert Llewellyn

Rank Corporal

Service Number  No 13

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent

WILLIAMS, Stanley James Salter   

Rank Private

Service Number No 6

1 (Tas) Contingent

WILLIAMS, William Joseph

Rank Private

Service Number  No 87

1 (Tas) Contingent

WILLMOTT, George

Rank Private

Service Number  No 1205

1 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)           

WILLOUGHBY

Rank Private

Service Number  No 112 

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent

WILLOUGHBY, Samuel 

Rank Trooper

Service Number  No 112

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent

WILLS, John

Rank Private

Service Number  No 363

8 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

WILSON, Benjamin Arthur  

Rank Corporal 

Service Number No 258

8 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

WILSON, Gordon

Rank Private

Service Number  No 2110

3 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

WILSON, John William

Rank Private

Service Number  No 329

 4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent          

WILSON, Robert Benjamin

Rank Private

Service Number  No 74

1 (Tas) Contingent

WILSON, Robert Benjamin

Rank L/Corporal

Service Number  No 255

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WILSON, Reginald Colin

Rank Private 

Service Number  No 112

1 (Tas) Contingent

WILSON, Reginald Collins

Rank Private 

Service Number No 255

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WILSON, Thomas Alexander Scott

Rank Private   

Service Number  No 2129

3 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

WINFIELD, Charles William 

Rank Sgt Farrier

Service Number  No 250

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent           

WISE, Percy Frederick  

Rank Private 

Service Number  No 328 

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WITHERINGTON, Laurence Hernsted

Rank Private 

Service Number  No 254

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WOOD, Robert Rumney

Rank Private 

Service Number  No 169

2 (Tas Bushmen) Contingent

WRIGHT, Andrew 

Rank Trooper 

Service Number No 105

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent

WRIGHT, Francis William

Rank Private

Service Number  No 330

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

WRIGHT, Herbert Ernest

Rank Private

Service Number  No 1214

1 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)           

WRIGHT, James     

Rank Private

Service Number  No 3

1 (Tas) Contingent

WYATT, Robert Oliver  

Rank Trooper

Service Number  No 110

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent

WYLLY, Guy George Edgerton #     

Rank Lieutenant    

Service Number  3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent

 

 

 

 

 

 

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