John Alexander MCBEAN

MCBEAN, John Alexander

Service Numbers: 218, 976
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 2nd Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 15 February 1879
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Grote Street Public School
Occupation: Bushman/Opal miner
Died: Natural causes, Bulawayo, Rhodesia, 17 June 1960, aged 81 years
Cemetery: West Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Cremated
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Trooper, SN 218, 4th South Australian Imperial Bushmen
31 Jul 1901: Discharged Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Corporal, SN 218, 4th South Australian Imperial Bushmen
6 Jan 1902: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Trooper, SN 976, 2nd Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse

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Biography contributed by Alan Murray

Fourth (Imperial Bushmen) Contingent. Disembarked at Port Elizabeth (via Fremantle, Beira and Durban) on 19 June. Took part in the relief of the Eland's River garrison. Embarked in East London onto vessel ' Britannic' on 5 July 1901 and arrived at Port Adelaide 27/7/1901. Disbanded shortly afterwards. Re-enlisted with his brother William Peter McBean- joined Second Battalion Australian Commowealth Horse in Adelaide on 6/1/1902; Number 976. Embarked at Adelaide on board HM Transport "Manchester Merchant" on 20 February 1902 as corporal in 2nd Battalion, Commonwealth Horse for South Africa. Disembarked at Durban on 14 March. From Elandsfontein trained to Newcastle & then Durban when contingent. Not involved in fighting. Was discharged in South Africa

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