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Walter AshmanAge: 2018811901

Walter Ashman
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Birth 1881 35 33

Death of a motherMary Elizabeth Dryland
7 November 1882 (Age 22 months)

Death of a paternal grandmotherMary Ann Elgar
19 June 1884 (Age 3)


Death 1901 (Age 20)
Cause of death: Killed in battle during the second Boer War.
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Marriage: 12 May 1866Brabourne, Kent, England
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Two Boer Wars were fought between the British Empire and the two independent Boer republics, the Orange Free State and the South African Republic (Transvaal Republic), founded by settlers known as Voortrekkers who made the Great Trek from the Cape Colony. The First Boer War (1880–1881), also known as the "Transvaal War," was a relatively brief and small-scale conflict in which Boer settlers successfully revolted against a British attempt to annex the Transvaal, and re-established an independent republic. The Second Boer War (1899–1902), by contrast, was a lengthy war involving large numbers of troops from many British possessions, which ended with the conversion of the Boer republics into British colonies, with a promise of limited self-government. These colonies later formed part of the Union of South Africa. The war often called the "Boer War" is the Second Boer War. The Second Boer War was the first time that Australian and New Zealand troops had fought abroad. Sixty-two percent of the first contingent were New Zealand-born. They were known as the New Zealand mounted rifles and they wore a fern leaf symbol. There was no difficulty in finding volunteers—200 troops set off 10 days after war was declared. Eventually 6495 men and 800 horses were sent (a higher proportion per head of population than Australia or Canada). About 8000 Canadians fought in South Africa, about one-third came from the militia and the rest were paid by government officals.

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