Emanuel DENMAN

DENMAN, Emanuel

Service Number: 23
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Queensland Mounted Infantry
Born: Fernvale, Queensland, Australia, 13 June 1874
Home Town: Fernvale, Somerset, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Ipswich, Queensland, Australia, 3 July 1956, aged 82 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Ipswich General Cemetery, Qld
Plot: Presbyterian B
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Private, 23, 3rd Queensland Mounted Infantry
1 Mar 1900: Embarked Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Private, 23, 3rd Queensland Mounted Infantry, AWM Boer War Unit Details, Murray p. 463 notes 3rd QMI embarked 1 Mar 1900 aboard Duke of Portland arriving Cape Town 2 Apr 1900.
21 Jun 1901: Discharged Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Private, 23, 3rd Queensland Mounted Infantry, AWM Boer War Unit Details, Murray p. 465 notes 3rd QMI embarked 9 May 1901 at Cape Town returning to Australia aboard Morayshire arriving Sydney 7 Jun 1901 (rail to Brisbane), disbanded 21 Jun 1901.

Emanuel Denman

Emanuel Denman was born in 1874 to Emanuel Denman and wife Eliza (nee Browning).(Source: QLD BDM: 1874 C1456 Emanuel Denman Emanuel Eliza Browning)

A well known local lad from Fernvale, when he enlisted it made the local news.

Every contingent that has been despatched from Queensland to South Africa
has contained volunteers from Fernvale. Shortly after the departure of contingent
No. 2, Mr. E. Denman, who is well-known in this locality, proceeded to camp and enlisted for service. He became attached to the bushmen's contingent, and consequently is now on route for the seat of war. He is much esteemed by all who know him, and we are unanimous in wishing him, as well as the other brave members of the various contingents from this district, a safe and speedy return.
(Source: FERNVALE LETTER. (1900, March 8). Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), p. 7).

When he and other local soldiers from the area returned home, it warranted a celebration:

(From Our Own Correspondent.)
A WELCOME-HOME social, celebrating the return of Privates C. Schults and F. Hermann, (members of the first contingent), Private J. M Donald (of the second contingent), and Privates E. Denman and H. Hermann (of the third contingent), eventuated in the Oddfellows' Hall, on Wednesday night, the 19th instant, and was in every respect a most pronounced success. The success of the affair was due in no small degree to the energy displayed by the committee, who
vied with each other in their endeavours to obtain for our returned soldiers a fitting welcome home.

During the morning a bleak westerly wind set in, and showing no signs of abatement as the evening's sun was gradually sinking lower and lower, grave fears were entertained that the night's enjoyment would suffer considerable thereby. Fortune, however, smiled on us once more, for, with the setting of Old
Sol upon the western horizon, the fiercely raging wind of but an hour before also ceased; and a favourable night followed. With this fortunate change in the weather, the promoters were quite confident that the night's function would prove to be what they had worked hard to make it - a brilliant success - and judging from after events, the expectations of the most sanguine were more than realised. Long before the 8 p.m. train arrived (by which the soldiers were expected), an enormous crowd began to assemble in the vicinity of the railway station, and when the train steamed into the station, the lengthy platform was thronged with people as, in all probability, it has never been before.
As the carriages glided slowly into the station, the sight of men clad in khaki was responsible for tremendous cheering. A few minutes of hearty hand shaking, &c., next ensued, after which the men were conducted to the hall.
Here, everything was in readiness, and, on entering the building, one could not help being particularly struck with the charming manner and the exquisite taste displayed in the laying out of the tables, and the artistic decorating that had been done for the occasion. Three large tables, laid out in real banquet style,
occupied the entire length of the hall. The marching in of Privates E. Denmann, C.
Schultz, and F. Hermann escorted by Sergeant W. Suching (of G company) Private J. Bryce (of Pine Mountain), and Mr. M. B. Holst, to the familiar tune of "Home, Sweet Home," played on the piano by Miss Hunter, created the greatest enthusiasm, and all present stood up and sang a verse of the well-known song.
(I may here state that two of the invited soldiers, Private J. M'Donald and H. Hermann were unavoidably absent.) At the conclusion of the singing of " Home, Sweet Home," Mr. W. Bevington ascended the platform, and said:-
"Messrs. Denmann, Schultz, and Hermann: On behalf of the residents of Fernvale, I have been commissioned to welcome you home."
Having shaken hands with the guests of the evening, Mr. Bevington took his seat at the head of the centre table, whilst Privates Denman, and Hermann occupied chairs on his right, and Privates Schultz and Bryce on his left. (Source: 1901 'RETURNED SOLDIERS.', Queensland Times, Ipswich Herald and General Advertiser (Qld. : 1861 - 1908), 29 June, p. 3)

From the Australian War Memorial website:

Service Number: 23

Rank: Private

Unit: 3rd Queensland Mounted Infantry

Conflict / Operation: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

Native place: Queensland, Australia

Source: Murray page number - 467

Emanuel Denman married Jane Wildin in 1902 (Source: QLD BDM: 1902 C1774 Jane Wildin Emanuel Denman). They went on to have at least 5 children.

Emanuel passed away on 3 July 1956 aged 83 and is buried in Ipswich General Cemetery, in the Presbyterian B section.

(Source: http://www.australiancemeteries.com/qld/ipswich/presbyterian_b.htm DENMAN Emanuel 3-Jul-1956 83)

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Biography contributed by Claude McKelvey

Emanuel Denman was born 13 Jun 1874 at Fernvale via Esk, Qld, a son to Emanuel Denman and Eliza Denman (nee Borwning) and was living at Fernvale when he enlisted for the South African (Boer) War. Upon his return from the war he married Jane Wildin on 8 Oct 1902.