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Monday, 30 December 2002
New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour, Leslie Dagworth Tunks
Topic: BW - NSW - Lancers

New South Wales Lancers

Roll of Honour

Leslie Dagworth Tunks

 

Leslie Dagworth Tunks's name on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial

 

Leslie Dagworth Tunks

Service number: 879

Rank: Trooper [Tpr]

Unit: NSW Lancers, First Contingent

Service: Colonial Military Forces

Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902

Date of death: 2 June 1900

Place of death: Kroonstadt

Cause of death: Died

Source: AWM142 Roll of Honour cards, War in South Africa, 1899-1902

 

Leslie Dagworth Tunks

 

A brief military biography of Leslie Dagworth Tunks:

Regimental number879
Date of birth27 September 1875
Place of birthParramatta, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressRoss Street, Parramatta, NSW
Marital statusSingle
Previous ServiceParramatta High School
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather: Mr George Tunks, Ross Street, Parramatta, NSW
Enlistment date
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameNSW Lancers
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from London, UK, on board Nineveh on 10 October 1899
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollNSW Lancers
FateDied of Disease, 2 June 1900
Place of burialKroonstad Garden of Rememberance
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
1

Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

New South Wales Lancers

New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour 

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour, Leslie Dagworth Tunks


Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EAST
Updated: Saturday, 8 May 2010 9:32 PM EADT
Sunday, 29 December 2002
New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour, Franz Gustav A L Fetting
Topic: BW - NSW - Lancers

New South Wales Lancers

Roll of Honour

Franz Gustav A L Fetting

 

Franz Gustav A L Fetting's name on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial

 

Franz Gustav A L Fetting

Service number: 599

Rank: Trooper [Tpr]

Unit: NSW Lancers

Service: Colonial Military Forces

Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902

Place of death: South Africa

Cause of death: Illness

Source: AWM142 Roll of Honour cards, War in South Africa, 1899-1902

 

A brief military biography of Franz Gustav A L Fetting :

Regimental number599
Date of birth25 April 1868
Place of birthStrassburg, Germany
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer and Scrub Feller
AddressRichmond River, Lismore, NSW
Marital statusSingle
Previous ServiceGerman Army
Lismore High School 1896
Age at embarkation31
Next of kin
Enlistment date1888
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll
Rank on enlistmentTrooper
Unit nameNSW Lancers
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from London, UK, on board Nineveh on 10 October 1899
Rank from Nominal RollTrooper
Unit from Nominal RollNSW Lancers
FateDied of Disease, 8 May 1900
Place of burialPresident Brand cemetery, Bloemfontein
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
1
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
 

Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

New South Wales Lancers

New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour 

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour, Franz Gustav A L Fetting


Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EAST
Updated: Saturday, 8 May 2010 9:33 PM EADT
Friday, 27 December 2002
New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour, Frederick Isaac Kilpatrick
Topic: BW - NSW - Lancers

New South Wales Lancers

Roll of Honour

Frederick Isaac Kilpatrick

 

Frederick Isaac Kilpatrick's name on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial

 

Frederick Isaac Kilpatrick

Service number: 755

Rank: Corporal [Cpl]

Unit: NSW Lancers

Service: Colonial Military Forces

Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902

Place of death: Slingersfontein, South Africa

Cause of death: Died of wounds

Source: AWM142 Roll of Honour cards, War in South Africa, 1899-1902.

 

Frederick Isaac Kilpatrick

 

A brief military biography of Frederick Isaac Kilpatrick:

Regimental number755
Date of birth1875
Place of birthCarlingford, New South Wales
Religion 
OccupationSchool Teacher
AddressLeichardt, NSW
Marital statusSingle
Previous ServiceParramatta High School
Jubilee 1897
Aldershot 1899
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather: Mr Kilpatrick, Leichardt, NSW
Enlistment date
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit nameNSW Lancers
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from London, UK, on board Nineveh on 10 October 1899
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal RollNSW Lancers
FateDied of Wounds, 15 January 1900
Place of burialColesberg Garden of Rememberance
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
1

From - Lieutenant-Colonel P. L. Murray, Official Records of the Australian Military Contingents to the War in South Africa, p. 8:

 

Extract from Report of Major GL Lee, New South Wales Lancers

Monday, 15th January:

About 5.15 p.m I saw Colonel Porter with Warrant Officer Duncan and Private Buckhotz, 1st Australian Horse. The latter reported that Lieutenant Dowling's patrol had been surrounded and cut up, and that he was the only one who had escaped. Warrant-Officer Duncan and two others had been detached by Lieutenant Dowling to examine Foster's farm, and so escaped.

The patrol had reconnoitred, according to instructions and was about returning to camp when Warrant-Officer Duncan with two men was detached to examine Mr Foster's farm at Kleinfontein. After doing so, he went in search of Lieutenant Dowling's party, failing to find them, he concluded they had reed to camp. At 4:30 p.m. I was informed that a Now South males Lancer patrol had, been cut up.

Upon examination it was found that Sqdn. Sergeant-Major Griffin, 1st Australian  Horse, had been killed, and Corporal Kilpatrick, New South Wales Lancers; was found severely wounded through the lungs, and lower jaw smashed.

Corporal Kilpatrick expired at 11 a.m.

One officer (Lieutenant Dowling) and 13 men are still missing.

 

Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

New South Wales Lancers

New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour 

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour, Frederick Isaac Kilpatrick


Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EAST
Updated: Saturday, 8 May 2010 9:34 PM EADT
Thursday, 26 December 2002
New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour, Frederick Avard
Topic: BW - NSW - Lancers

New South Wales Lancers

Roll of Honour

Frederick Avard

 

Frederick Avard's name on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial

 

Frederick Avard

Service number: 507

Rank: Trooper [Tpr]

Unit: NSW Lancers

Service: Colonial Military Forces

Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902

Date of death: 10 October 1900

Place of death: Carolina, South Africa

Cause of death: Died of wounds

Source: AWM142 Roll of Honour cards, War in South Africa, 1899-1902

 

Frederick Avard

 

A brief military biography of Frederick Avard:

Regimental number507
Date of birth1879
Place of birthMaitland, NSW
Religion
Occupation
AddressMaitland, NSW
Marital statusSingle
Previous ServiceMaitland High School - 4 years
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinSister: Elizabeth Avard, Maitland, NSW
Enlistment date1896
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll
Rank on enlistmentTrooper
Unit nameNSW Lancers
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from London, UK, on board Nineveh on 10 October 1899
Rank from Nominal RollTrooper
Unit from Nominal RollNSW Lancers
FateDied of Wounds, 10 October 1900
Place of burialErmelo Garden of Rememberance
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
1
Miscellaneous information 

Wounded in action, 4 September 1900
POW at Carolina
Died of wounds at Carolina, 10 October 1900
Originally buried at Carolina Cemetery

Lest We Forget

 

Further Items

 

Frederick Avard after being presented with the Gold Medal for best shot in the Regiment.

 

Frederick Avard at Aldershot identified by a "X" upon his hat.

 

Major Lee's Letter

Major Lee, Officer Commanding the NSW Lancers wrote the following passage about Frederick Avard to Major General French at Victoria Barracks, Paddington.

 

Letter by Maj. Lee to Gen French, 25 October 1900
The grave in South Africa

The grave of Frederick Avard
General French's Letter
The letter to General French gave a wonderful description of the work done by Farrier Sergeant Mullard in making the cross. When General French received the letter he ordered a note to be sent to the next of kin, Mr E. Avard of West Maitland.

Letter to Mr E. Avard of West Maitland, 18 December 1900, p. 1.
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 Letter to Mr E. Avard of West Maitland, 18 December 1900, p. 2.
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Frederick Avard went to England with the NSW Lancers and on the voyage home, as war broke out, Major Lee offered his force for service. Those who did not wish to serve in South Africa signed a blue slip declaring that he was not willing to serve in South Africa. However, despite signing that slip, Frederick Avard appears to have taken part in the fight at Graspan in December 1899 under the command of Lieutenant Osborne as part of 29 reinforcements to the 9th Lancers. This group was known as The Fighting 28.

On 4 September 1900 at Welgelegen near Belfast, Lieutenant Heron and six men were sent out on a patrol to seize an important hill that overlooked the Komati River. During an engagement with the Boers, Frederick Avard's horse was shot and shortly afterwards, he too was severely wounded with a bullet through a kidney. His wounds required that he be left behind. He was evacuated by the Boers to Carolina where he died as a Prisoner of War. 

Lest we forget 

 

Further Reading:

The NSW Lancers, The Fighting 28 

 


Citation: New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour, Frederick Avard


Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EAST
Updated: Saturday, 8 May 2010 9:35 PM EADT
Sunday, 15 December 2002
Australian Horse, Roll of Honour, George Allman Griffen
Topic: BW - NSW - Aust H

Australian Horse

Roll of Honour

George Allman Griffen

 

George Allman Griffen's name on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial

 

George Allman Griffen

Service number: 367

Rank: Troop Sergeant Major [Tp Sgt Maj]

Unit: First Australian Horse

Service: Colonial Military Forces

Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902

Date of death: 16 January 1900

Place of death: Slingersfontein

Cause of death: Killed

Source: AWM142 Roll of Honour cards, War in South Africa, 1899-1902.

 

George Allman Griffen

 

A brief military biography of George Allman Griffen:

Regimental number367
Date of birth1866
Place of birthBraidwood, New South Wales
Religion 
OccupationLabourer
AddressGundagai, NSW
Marital statusSingle
Previous Service 
Age at embarkation33
Next of kinFather: Mr James Griffen, Braidwood, NSW
Enlistment date
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll
Rank on enlistmentTrumpeter Sergeant Major
Unit nameAustralian Horse
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Newcastle, NSW, on board SS Langton Grange on 14th November 1899
Rank from Nominal RollTrumpeter Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal RollAustralian Horse
FateKilled in Action, 15 January 1900, Mr Foster's farm at Kleinfontein
Place of burialColesberg Garden of Rememberance
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
1

From - Lieutenant-Colonel P. L. Murray, Official Records of the Australian Military Contingents to the War in South Africa, p. 8:

 

Extract from Report of Major GL Lee, New South Wales Lancers

Monday, 15th January:

About 5.15 p.m I saw Colonel Porter with Warrant Officer Duncan and Private Buckhotz, 1st Australian Horse. The latter reported that Lieutenant Dowling's patrol had been surrounded and cut up, and that he was the only one who had escaped. Warrant-Officer Duncan and two others had been detached by Lieutenant Dowling to examine Foster's farm, and so escaped.

The patrol had reconnoitred, according to instructions and was about returning to camp when Warrant-Officer Duncan with two men was detached to examine Mr Foster's farm at Kleinfontein. After doing so, he went in search of Lieutenant Dowling's party, failing to find them, he concluded they had reed to camp. At 4:30 p.m. I was informed that a Now South males Lancer patrol had, been cut up.

Upon examination it was found that Sqdn. Sergeant-Major Griffin, 1st Australian  Horse, had been killed, and Corporal Kilpatrick, New South Wales Lancers; was found severely wounded through the lungs, and lower jaw smashed.

Corporal Kilpatrick expired at 11 a.m.

One officer (Lieutenant Dowling) and 13 men are still missing.

 

Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour, Frederick Isaac Kilpatrick

New South Wales Lancers

New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour 

Australian Horse, South African War

1st Australian Horse, Roll of Honour

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Australian Horse, Roll of Honour, George Allman Griffen


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Updated: Monday, 10 May 2010 6:44 PM EADT

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