Henry Mitchell BLACK


BLACK, Henry Mitchell

Service Number: 46
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Tasmanian Mounted Infantry Contingent
Born: Not yet discovered
Home Town: Glenora, Derwent Valley, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Enteric Fever, Bloemfontein, 18 April 1900, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Hobart Boer War Memorial, Launceston Boer War Memorial
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Private, SN 46
1 Oct 1899: Involvement Private, SN 46, 1st Tasmanian Mounted Infantry Contingent

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Private Henry Mitchell Black was a son of William Black, an employee at McCrae's Hills, Cressy, formerly of Glenora, and was a native of Tasmania, having been born near Hobart. He had family connections at Glenora, and was 21 years of age. He was single, and had been engaged principally in bush work. He had been a member of the Cressy detachment for two years.

Mrs. Mary Black, of McRae's Hills, Cressy, has forwarded to the Defence Department the following letter received from Lieutenant Heritage, and, at her request, it has been handed as for publication. 
Kroonstad, Orange Free State,
Wednesday, May 16, 1900.
Dear Mrs. Black,-It is with the greatest regret that I have to inform you of the death of your son, Pvt. Black, from enteric fever, at 2.30 a.m. on the 18th April, in the field hospital at Bloomfontein. He had suffered from ill-health almost since his arrival in South Africa, but had rejoined us as cured before marching through the Free State, succumbing, however, to an attack of enteric (as I said) shortly after his arrival at Bloemfontein.
Private Black was of a most willing and obliging nature, and his death was much regretted by us all. I attended his funeral on the afternoon of his death, along with a number of his comrades.
With sincere sympathy, l am, your
obedient servant,