Albert Joseph (Ginger) SCANLAN

SCANLAN, Albert Joseph

Service Numbers: 161, 2319
Enlisted: 15 September 1914, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Farrier Corporal
Last Unit: 1st Divisional Ammunition Column
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, 25 December 1880
Home Town: Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Shoeing Smith
Died: Natural causes, Brisbane, Queensland, 24 December 1931, aged 50 years
Cemetery: Toowong (Brisbane General) Cemetery
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Boer War Service

1 Mar 1901: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Shoeing-Smith, SN 161, Queensland Imperial Bushmen

World War 1 Service

15 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2319, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , Brisbane, Queensland
25 Sep 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 2319, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Sep 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, SN 2319, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Rangatira, Brisbane
24 Feb 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Farrier Corporal, SN 2319, 1st Divisional Ammunition Column

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Biography

WW1 Embarkation Roll (www.awm.gov.au) spells Surname SCANLON

"ALB. SCANLAN'S DEATH. BRISBANE, Friday.

The death occurred yesterday morning of Albert Joseph ("Ginger") Scanlan, who will be remembered by old-time patrons of boxing in this city as a pugilist of more than average merit. Born and reared in Brisbane, Scanlan first won his spurs in the Lempen square as an amateur. Later he entered the ranks of the professionals, and, as a middleweight, he figured in many thrilling battles at the old Edward-street stadium (his first contest there being in opposition to the clever coloured Sydney middleweight, Joe Walcott). At the Albert-street stadium he appeared in contests against Dave Smith, Bob Whitelaw, Mark Higgins, Rudie Unholz, Joe Shakespeare, and the aboriginal champion, Jerry Jerome. Despite the fact that Scanlan possessed only an elementary knowledge of boxing, an abnormal stock of stamina and pluck always made him popular with boxing patrons. He was a member of the A.I.F., and the Waterside Workers' Union." - from the Maryborough Chronicle 26 Dec 1931 (nla.gov.au)

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