Tag - Boer War

Battle of Graspan

25 NOV 1899: The Boer War and today sees members of the New South Wales Lancers involved in the battle of Graspan, South Africa. This, one of the series of defeats suffered by the British in the opening months of the Boer War, involved 29 members of the NSW Lancers, the first Australian troops to reach South Africa. Lord Methuen’s task with his division was to force his way north up the railway to raise the Boer siege of Cecil...

Leslie Cecil Maygar, VC, DSO, VD

23 NOV 1901: The Boer War and Lieutenant Edgar Leslie Cecil Willis Walker Maygar, 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles, originally from Kilmore, Victoria, is awarded the Victoria Cross at Geelhoutboom, Natal. Maygar was born on 27 May 1868, at Dean Station, near Kilmore, Victoria. The seventh child of Edwin Willis and Helen Maygar (née Grimshaw). Both of his parents were originally from Bristol, England, although his father's family were originally political refugees from Hungary. Educated at state schools in Kilmore and Alexandria,...

John Bisdee, VC

1 SEP 1900: The Second Boer War and Trooper (later Lieutenant Colonel) John Hutton Bisdee, 1st Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen, originally from Hutton Park, Tasmania, earns the Victoria Cross at Warm Bad, South Africa. John Bisdee was born on 28 September 1869 at Hutton Park, Melton Mowbray, Tasmania. In 1904 he married Georgiana Thodosia Hale who was the daughter of Bishop Matthew Blagden Hale. When Bisdee was 30 years old, and a Trooper with the Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen during the Second...

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