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George Ashby, of Anglo-Irish descent, was the eldest son of a well-to-do Irish farmer and magistrate, Robert Ashby of Clonamondra and Kilbraugh in the Parish of Kilcooley-Gortnahoe, to the east of Thurles, County Tipperary.
A keen huntsman and distinguished horserider, George came to New Zealand with the intention of buying a farm of his own, but instead volunteered for service with the New Zealand Contingent to the Boer War. He survived a number of wartime engagements, but died of enteric in South Africa at the war's end.
He is remembered as a kindly man who was sadly missed by his family. His South African medal with bars is missing (1998).
Before World War I, enteric fever, or typhoid fever, was the scourge of armies, and in the Anglo-Boer War killed more soldiers than enemy action. It is caused by a bacteria entering the body via contaminated food or water. Early symptoms include high fever, headaches and lassitude. Follicles along the intestinal walls later become inflamed, often leading to perforation and hemorrhaging. Other complications include gall bladder, pneumonia or heart failure.
At the time of the Boer War, there were no antibiotic remedies for the disease. AWMM
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- Ranfurly Veterans' Home, 539 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
- Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899 - 1902 AWMM
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- Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives of New Zealand. AWMM
Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives. 1902. H.6B. Nominal Roll AWMM
- Stowers, R. (2009). Rough riders at war : history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 and information on all members of the 10 New Zealand contingents. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM
- Information kindly provided by family AWMM
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