Sydney Robert AHRENS

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AHRENS, Sydney Robert

Service Number: 653
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 2nd New South Wales Mounted Rifles
Born: Milton, New South Wales, 14 June 1879
Home Town: Milton, Shoalhaven Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farrier
Died: Enteric Fever, Middelburg, Mpumalanga, South Africa, 19 November 1901, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Middleburg Cemetery, South Africa
Old Municipal Cemetery Middleburg
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Sydney St. James Anglican Church Memorial Window
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Trooper, SN 653
1 Oct 1899: Involvement Trooper, SN 653, 2nd New South Wales Mounted Rifles
15 Mar 1901: Embarked Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Trooper, SN 653, 2nd New South Wales Mounted Rifles, Embarked from Sydney on transport ship Maplemore
19 Oct 1901: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Trooper, SN 653, 2nd New South Wales Mounted Rifles

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Sydney Robert AHRENS was born on 14th June, 1879 in Milton near Ulladulla, NSW

His parents were Carl Franz Wilhelm AHRENS & Dorothy Elisabeth Christine DREWES who were both born in Hagenow-Stadt, Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany & married on 11th November, 1860 in St Georges Lutheran Church, Whitechapel, London. His parents left England with one child and moved to New Zealand where they had a large family and later moved to NSW where more children were born including Sydney

Sydney enlisted in 1899 with the 2nd NSW Mounted Rifles and embarked for the Boer War on 15th March, 1901 from Sydney on the transport ship Maplemore

His troop served in Western & Eastern Transvaal & were involved with the Potgeitiers Convoy on the Vaal in South Africa

He died of Enteric Fever on 19th October, 1901 in Middleburg, South Africa and is buried in Middleburg Old Municipal Cemetery - his name is on a Memorial Plaque at St James Anglican Church in Sydney for the 2nd NSW Mounted Rifles

Sydney was awarded the Queens South Africa Medal

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