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Surname SWAN
Given Name(s) or Initial(s) Miles Fletcher
Regimental Number 9
Unit Name 3rd South Australian Citizens' Bushmen
Extracts and Comments
(from Sources as shown)

Murray: Tpr. nine initials SPW, invalided to Australia arrived 31.5.1901.
Newbury1: SWAN Myles Fletcher Tailor Whitehead Cameron Campbell.
Source:# 987 Myles Fletcher SWAN a station manager born 1875, discharge certificate shows 9 Tpr. MF SWAN enlisted in South Aust. Contingent 27.2.1900 discharged on termination of engagement 23.5.1902 after service of 1 year conduct and character very good S. African medal, his diary says invalided per 'Tongariro' leaving 31.3.1901 and arriving Fremantle 20.4.1901, brother of David Edgar SWAN 6ACH(Vic.) John Campbell Duncan McPherson SWAN 3VB Archibald Robert Campbell SWAN 4ACH(Vic) & William SWAN 2ACH(Vic).
Kopje: four brothers served in Boer War.
Vic.BDMs: Miles Fletcher Taylor Whitehead Cameron SWAN born Woodford Vic. 8.1.1875.
URL1: Tpr. MFTWCC SWAN Citizens' Bushman Contingent previously returned in Eng. or at the front.
Roe: no mention of SPW SWAN in the Advertiser article reporting the return of 3SACB to Adelaide per 'Morayshire' circa 1.6.1901.
URL2: letter from Edenburg 5.12.1900.
URL3: Aust. Boer War Memorial database record.
URL4: telegram sent from Mt. Gambier Bushmen's Committee on 7.3.1900 to Captain Hubbe as follows "Kindly convey to Gambier boys hearty good wishes. Wish them and yourself and other members contingent God speed and a safe return." There were eleven South-Easterners with the contingent, - Thomas Patrick LYONS Mount Gambier 28 years single, James Arthur VALPIED Mount Gambier 26 years single, James Henry VIRGO Mount Gambier 23 years single, Charles MATTHEWS Mount Gambier 25 years single, Eugene Albert WICKENS Mount Gambier 27 years single, Thomas SKENE Mount Gambier 23 years single, James Francis MACLACHLAN Lucindale 27 years single, Sergeant James RUNDLE Millicent 28 years married, Lance-Corporal Elwyn Henry ATTIWILL Beachport 25 years single, Walter JOHNSTON Mount Gambier 20 years single, MLTWCC SWAN Nangwarry single.
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 355
Newbury1: South Australians and the South African War page(s) 36
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 987
Kopje: ABWSGoA journal The Kopje date(s) 3.2002
Vic.BDMs: Victoria Births Deaths & Marriages Index number 6362/1875
Ad. Advertiser: Adelaide Advertiser newspaper date(s) 11.1 & 3.6.1901
BorderW: Mount Gambier Border Watch newspaper date(s) 10.3.1900
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Colin Roe

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