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Corporal William Joseph BYRNE of Timaru - Killed in Action, Transvaal 1900

Journal by ngairedith

The Honourable J. G. WARD received a cable fro Sir Alfred MILNER in June 1900 reporting the following soldiers of the New Zealand Mounted Infantry were wounded or killed in the Boer War:

SERIAL #203 - William Joseph BRYNE
Byrne, William Joseph
Rank Last Held: Corporal
Serial No.: 203
War: Anglo-Boer War (SA), 1899-1902
Date of Death: 28 May 1900
Place of Death: Klipriversburg (or Van Wyk's Vlei), Transvaal
Cause of Death: Hit by a shell in the head
Cemetery Name: Soldiers' Cemetery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 5 June 1900
Enlistment Occupation: Miller
First Rank: Trooper
Embarkation Date: 21 October 1899 Wellington, S.S. Waiwera (ship)
Embarkation Unit: 1st New Zealand Mounted Rifles. 2nd Company
Unit Last: 1st New Zealand Mounted Rifles
Military Awards: Imperial South African War Medal

HIS OBITUATRY was taken from the site The ANGLO-BOER WAR (South Cantabrians) ... The very sad news of the death of Corporal Byrne cast quite a gloom over Timaru last night, and his many friends here both among the volunteers and in other circles, expressed the deepest regret and sympathy with his father, mother, and sisters in their irreparable bereavement. Partings are always sad yet we are sure that the hundreds of people here on the departure of Willie Byrne, will often recall as a memory of regret his cheerfulness on bidding them farewell. He was one of the first to volunteer and as a non-commissioned officer had ably assisted his comrades of the First Contingent in the war in South Africa. He was the second son of Mr T. Byrne (his eldest brother, Daniel, is a member of the Fourth Contingent) a very old resident of Timaru, and saw his first service as a volunteer in the old C Battery of Artillery, joining this corps on the 21st February, 1894, when he was 17 years nine months old. On the disbanding of the Battery he joined the City Rifles, and had been in that company for about three years when he was accepted for service in South Africa. He was employed at the Belford mill. On receipt of the news at The Priory the Rev. Father Tubman directed that the bell at the church of the Sacred Heart be tolled, the deceased soldier having been a member of his flock. Born at South Rakaia in 1876, he net his death on the battlefield just on 24 years of age ...

- there is a lot more info on Corpoal Byrne (and MANY other Boer War soldiers) at the above site

#400 - Francis Clissold KNUBLEY of Timaru, severely wounded
- Second Contingent under Major Cradock
- 1 of 7 children of [url=]Miles Jefferson Knubley a Barrister and Solicitor of George St, Timaru (includes his photo) and Harriett Henryetta CLISSOLD

#148 - Alexander HASTIE, slightly wounded
- both near Johannesburg on the 26 May 1900

#360 - Private Edward B. SIGNOLL, slightly wounded
- near Driefontein on 30 May 1900

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