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01-April-2016
01-April-2016
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An honour roll unveiled by the Duke of Cornwall and York on the 24th July 1901 commemorates the soldiers of the West Australian Contingents in the Boer War who died in service or were killed in action.

The West Australian Government decided in October 1899 to organise and equip a corps of infantry volunteers, 120 strong, to proceed to Cape Colony and co-operate with the Imperial troops in subdueing the Boers. The corps embarked from Albany for South Africa on the S.S. Medic on the 7th November 1899. The Government continued to send contingents until the war ceased in 1902.

The service in the Anglican Cathedral on Wednesday, and the ceremony of unveiling the memorial tablet to the Western Australian soldiers who have fallen during the Boer war which was performed by His Royal Highness the Duke of Cornwall and York-were largely attended, and of an impressive character. After the service His Lordship the Bishop then conducted the Prince to the tablet, and as His Royal Highness removed the Union Jack and thus exposed the memorial brass to view. "The Last Post" was sounded by an artillery bugler. On a small separate plate, immediately under the memorial, is an inscription to the effect that the memorial was unveiled by Rear-Admiral H.R.H, the Duke of Cornwall and York, K.G.. P.C., K.T., K.P., G.C.V.O.
Western Mail (Perth), 27th July 1901.

Location

Address:Cathedral Avenue, South Transept, St George`s Cathedral , Perth, 6000
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.955667
Long: 115.860953
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Honour Roll
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Boer
Actual Event STart Date:11-October-1899
Actual Event End Date:31-May-1902

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 24th April, 1901
Front Inscription

The West Australian Contingents

South Africa

 A.D. 1899

In Grateful Memory of

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