Ships Ariving in SA

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Ships Ariving in SA

Postby devils own » 11 Jul 2017 07:52

My Gt Grandfather arrived in SA on what says 6th April 1900. Can anybody give me transports that arrived that April. He was with the ASC from Woolwich Dockyard & attached to the 13th RFA as a driver. Came home 11 Feb. 1902. Is the date 6th april the date in which they left the UK or when they arrived in SA

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Re: Ships Ariving in SA

Postby QSAMIKE » 11 Jul 2017 15:12

From the shipping times......

London Times, 09 Apr 00 (Monday)

The Montrose and the Winkfield arrived at Cape Town April 6.
The British Prince has arrived at Algoa Bay.
The Urmston Grange, from Table Bay, has arrived at Port Elizabeth.
The Avondale Castle arrived at Natal April 6.
The Delphic passed Tenerife April 6.
The Winifredian has arrived at Las Palmas.

Dateline Buenos Ayres, April 8. The Iona left here yesterday with 902 horses and the Mary Park left today with 810 horses, both for Cape Town.

Dateline Cape Town April 7. The Bavarian has arrived here. She reported speaking with the disabled Mount Lebanon in mid ocean.

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Re: Ships Ariving in SA

Postby devils own » 11 Jul 2017 15:48

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Thanks for that info. I believe that because he was with the natal field force under Buller, then attached to the field artillery that the ship SS Avondale is the ship that arrived at natal. But I may be wrong & he went to the Cape

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Re: Ships Ariving in SA

Postby SWB » 11 Jul 2017 20:44

Hello Paul

What clasps did he get?

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Re: Ships Ariving in SA

Postby devils own » 12 Jul 2017 06:36

Meurig
Good morning
Laings Nek, Transvaal |& orange free state. As a driver with the ASC he was attached as a driver to the 13th RFA. What he did after 1900 I don't know? He arrived home in 1902 The thing is we don't know if the 6th April was the date he left the uk shore, or the date he arrived in SA.
Here a photo of him
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Re: Ships Ariving in SA

Postby SWB » 12 Jul 2017 07:54

Hello Paul

Splendid picture!

I have always taken the date to be departure date - I have matched the date on service paper with the known departure date of the regiment.

The corps like the ASC are a bit harder as they travelled in many sections.

From his clasp entitlement it would appear he landed in Natal and not Cape Town. I know the shipping lists don't show a departure on April 6th.

Not sure where to go from here, sorry.

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