Australian Military Records
My Dad, Ron.
The Grave in El Alemain of Frederick Heard
The photo was taken on Australia Day,
and is strewn with wattle.
Early (pre federation) Resources
Those who served in the South African War (Boer War) from 1899-1901 served in various colonial contingents. Only those who enlisted after 26 January 1901 into one of the contingents of the Australian Commonwealth Horse actually served in the Australian Army.
The records of those who served in colonial contingents (Queensland Mounted Infantry, Victorian Mounted Rifles, NSW Lancers, various drafts of Imperial Bushmen etc) should be located in the relevant State Archives. You may find that personal files, in the post 1914 sense, were not kept in colonial military forces. You will have to enquire at the relevant Archives about how you can search.
A number of these men did not immediately return to Australia following their tour of duty, and enlisted in local South African units such as the Bushveldt Carrabineers.
English soldiers who served in Early Australian regiments
History - puts everything in context
|A hand written instruction for a message from the 8th Battalion in WW2|