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5th Contingent WA 1901 - Profile Tree

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5th Western Australia Mounted Infantry - - 1901
5th Contingent

Australia, The Second Boer War

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Australia, Slouch Hat Boer War
South Africa,
(Boer War)

Herewith is given a list of the officers, non-commissioned officers, and men composing the force which yesterday left for South Africa. The particulars given are taken from the attestation forms, kindly handed for the purpose to our representative by the Chief Staff Officer, Major Campbell. There are 206 men all told, under the command of 12 officers, with a chaplain and medical officer attached. From a perusal of the list of non-commissioned officers, it will be noticed that the majority of them have already seen service in South Africa. The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) Thu 7 Mar 1901 Page 3 THE FIFTH CONTINGENT.

Alfred Joseph Bessell-Browne CB CMG DSO 3 Sep 1877 Auckland, New Zealand - 3 Aug 1947
Anthony Alexander Forrest 20 Nov 1884 Perth, Western Australia - 15 May 1901 Poppy
From the list of 200 men given hereunder the non-commissioned officers are to be selected. It is understood that these appointments will, so far as is justifiable, be given to those of the company who have already seen active service in the Boer war. . . .
From a perusal of the information given, it will be noticed that the force represents men of divers professions, trades, and callings. Among them is a barrister. Surveyors are represented by a single individual. Commercial travellers, engineers, warehousemen, clerks, drapers, grocers, butchers, printers, policemen and men of all sorts of occupations have turned soldier. Even a circus proprietor has enlisted. . . .
Of the 200 men, no less than 76 have seen service either with volunteer corps, or with other companies. A few of them have been connected with Imperial regiments, and two of them have held commissions. . . . .
The force is representative of the States. Victorians total 61. There are 28 West Australians, 25 South Australians, 18 New South Welshmen, 8 Queenslanders, 8 New Zealanders, and 3 Tasmanians. There are 20 Englishmen, 5 Irishmen, and a Welshman, a Scotchman . . . . .
Seventy-five of the men were enlisted at Perth or Karrakatta camp. Of course, that number does not hail from the metropolis and Fremantle and surrounding districts alone. Many of those enlisted at Karrakatta came in from country districts. At Kalgoorlie 42 men were enlisted . . . . at Bunbury, 9; at Menzies, 7; at Bridgetown, 6; at Coolgardie, 4; at Wagin, 4; at Busselton, 4: at Albany, 2; and at Pinjarrah, 1. . . .
Up to the present seven officers have been appointed. They are: Lieutenants Darling, Brown, Measer, Scott, Ochiltree, and Griffiths, and Captain Downes; The three former were members of the First W.A. Contingent.
The list given below details the full name, age, Birthplace, occupation, place of enrolment, and previous service, if any, of each member, in that order.
1. Frederick Francis Edwards, Lance Corporal in Permanent mounted infantry (First Contingent) re-engaged.
2. Gerald Grave, 22 years, New Zealand Clerk; Perth, No previous service
3. William Wray Norrish, 21 years, Broomhill, (WA), engineer and fitter; Perth. Served 18 months with Fremantle Infantry.
4. Percival Henry George Albert, 18 years, Fremantle, cycle builder; Perth. Served two years as trumpeter with Fremantle Field Artillery,
5. William Frederick Bollinger, 30 years, commercial traveller; Boulder, served six months Boulder Rifle Gorps.
(and so to the Bunbury enlistements: )
59. George Ferguson Morgan, 20 years. Bunbury, striker ; Perth. No previous service.
80. Samuel Absolom Bickley, 21 years, Western Australia, plasterer; Bunbury. No previous service.
81. George Clarke, 29 years, Victoria, miner; Bunbury. No previous service.
82. John Stirling Teede, 27 years, Bunbury, compositor; Bunbury. No previous service.
83. Archibald Buchan, 24 years. South Australia, teamster ; Bunbury. No previous service.
84. Pryce John Williams, 28 years, Wales, teamster; Bunbury. No previous service.
85. Reginald Clifton, 22 years, Western Australia, farmer; Bunbury. Twelve months S.W. Mounted Infantry.
86. Cuningham Campbell Forrest, 22 years, Picton (W. A.), farmer ; Bunbury. No previous service.
87. Samuel Dyke, 35 years, South Australia, civil engineer; Bunbury. Fifteen years in South Australian Field and Garrison Artillery.
89. Harold Robert Moulton, 20 years, West Australia, stockman; Bunbury. No previous service.
(and so to the Bridgetown enlistements: )
60. John Dickens, 30 years, London, labourer; Bridgetown. No previous service.
62. John Vance, 25 years, United States, America; Bridgetown. No previous service.
63. Peter Hamilton McMahon, 21 years, Victoria, miner; Bridgetown: Twelve months Victorian Rangers.
64. Frederick William Henry Samuel Malley, 23 years, South Australia; Bridgetown. No previous service.
90. William Gaudy, 25 years, England, labourer ; Bridgetown. No previous service.
(and so to the Busselton enlistements: )
76. James Marshall, 20 years, Victoria, butcher; Busselton. No previous service.
77. William Marshall, 23 years, Victoria, mill hand; Busselton. No previous service.
78. Francis Neale, 23 years, England, farmer ; Busselton, Served with Sussex Mounted Infantry.
122. James Byron Hayes, 34 years, England, circus proprietor; Busselton. No previous service.

[SIXTH CONTINGENT. (1901, February 28). Bunbury Herald (WA : 1892 - 1919), p. 3. Retrieved May 1, 2023, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87100728

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