Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
Pre 18 January 1901 AWMM Silverstream, Fairlie, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
Mr John McKay, Silverstream, Fairlie, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 30 January 1900 AWMM Single AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
- Height, Unknown Period AWMM
5 foot 10 inches AWMM
- Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
11 stone 6 pounds AWMM
- Died of Sickness, Cause of Death AWMM
Enteric fever AWMM
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.
Auckland Museum Boer War " The Second Boer War Veterans" Display. Display item is a framed copy of the Roll of Honour of the 6 Contingent. AWMM
- Ranfurly Veterans' Home, 539 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
- Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899 - 1902 AWMM
Roll of Honour
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- Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives of New Zealand. AWMM
1901. H.6. Nominal Roll AWMM
- Stowers, R. (1992). Kiwi versus Boer : the First New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM
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