Frederick William AWMM
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Date of birth
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Unknown AWMM Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
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Mr Joseph Wylie, JP (father), Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 17 February 1900 AWMM Single AWMM
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- Frederick Wylie was the son of Joseph Wylie, teacher (Rotorua) and Ellen Elizabeth Wylie.
He enlisted in New Zealand and embarked with the 4th Contingent
24 March 1901 Charged and captured 15-pounder Boer gun and killed its two defenders (Ventersdorp).
He then re-enlisted in South Africa with the rank of Sergeant (7 Contingent, Supplement).
He is buried at Klippersfontein, near Ermelo, Transvaal
Name spelled as Wiley on the Memorial Cross
Boer War display at the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Display item is an illustration originally published in the Auckland Weekly News (1901) showing "Trooper Wylie's Dashing Single-handed capture of a Boer 15 pounder Gun at Ventersdorp, March 23, 1901." (Auckland Weekly News , 24 May 1901) AWMM
- THE FOURTH IN ACTION.
TROOPER WYLIE'S DASHING EXPLOIT. Further particulars of the engagement at Hartbeestefontein, described in Lieutenant Arthur's letter, state that after Delarey's two thousand had been put to flight, Trooper Wylie, of "D" Squadron, made off to the right by himself after another gun; the- gunners deserted the gun on his approach, and took refuge in a waggon that was trying to make good its escape. But there were still three mounted men between Wylie and the gun, to whom he shouted to halt and surrender, but they took no notice, and made a bolt for it. Seeing this, Wylie slipped off his horse and let drive at them, bringing two to earth shot dead, and the third man, seeing the fate of his companions, wisely pulled up and surrendered his arms. During the whole of this Wylie was under fire from the Boers, who were some distance back. He has been recommended for the Distinguished Service Medal, which he no doubt thoroughly deserves. Trooper Wylie hails from Rotorna, and belongs to the Auckland Squadron of the Fourth Contingent. The total capture amounted to nine guns (two 15-pounders, six Maxims, and one pompom), 160 prisoners, 60 waggons, and 40 Cape carts. The waggons had a tremendous lot of small arms and ammunition on, and the limbers of the guns were also fully stocked with ammunition, and all the guns were drawn by mole teams. All the capture was made by the Fourth New Zealanders and the Sixth Australian Bushmen, although some of Sbackelton's men did splendid work on the flank. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 1 August 2015 - Poverty Bay Herald, Volume XXVIII, Issue 9148, 16 May 1901, Page 3
- Rotorua South African War Memorial 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
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- 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
- Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives of New Zealand. AWMM
Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives. 1900. H.6. Nominal Roll. 1901. H.6D. Meritorious Services. AWMM
- The New Zealand Herald AWMM
New Zealand Herald, 7 June 1901, p. 5. AWMM
- Information kindly provided by family AWMM
|01 August 2015||Lorraine M||Gisborne, NZ||Researcher||
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