I believe from stories passed down to me from family members that two great uncles served in the Boer War. Their names were Joseph Gamble and George Henry Gamble (service number 3398)  & I believe that they would both have been members of "3 NSW Mounted Rifles". Both men came from Leadville in NSW & probably would have enlisted in Gulgon/Mudgee/Coonabarabran. Another ancestor was William Charles Gumbleton who possibly served in the Boer War as well.

I have looked in "name search" only to be told that no records found - I put in the dates 1899 - 1903.

I don't know where to turn next to get this information - hope someone can help.

Anthony Berry

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Hi Anthony

Those who served in the South African War (Boer War) from 1899-1901 served in various colonial contingents. Only those who enlisted after 26 January 1901 into one of the contingents of the Australian Commonwealth Horse actually served in the Australian Army.

The records of those who served in colonial contingents (Queensland Mounted Infantry, Victorian Mounted Rifles, NSW Lancers, various drafts of Imperial Bushmen etc) should be located in the relevant State Archives. You may find that personal files, in the post 1914 sense, were not kept in colonial military forces. You will have to enquire at the relevant Archives about how you can search.

A number of these men did not immediately return to Australia following their tour of duty, and enlisted in local South African units such as the Bushveldt Carrabineers.


I think Joseph Gamble may actually be John Joseph Gamble. Although there is no record of his involvement in the Boer War on the National Archive online collection, I think he enlists for ww1 and there are copies of this "Gambles" on the national archives website which you can view at no charge. References to "Joseph Gamble" and the boer war are below.


http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/138781828?searchTerm="leadville" "gamble"&searchLimits=l-decade=190

http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/145884110?searchTerm="joseph gamble"&searchLimits=l-state=New+South+Wales

A Reference to George Henry Gamble is below;


I think there is also a 3rd brother Harold E Gamble B 1893 who was killed in action in ww1, you will find his records in the national archives online collection.

There is a public tree for the family in ancestry.com, which may be of more assistance, as it details military involvement for John Joseph Gamble B 1878 & George Henry Gamble B 1879

Please let me know if I can be of any more assistance.

Thank you Lou, I now have some valuable info to research further - still floundering but will come back later for more help as needed.


Some Boer War records are found on http://discoveringanzacs.naa.gov.au/ - select Advanced Search and try finding their names for Profiles.


You may also want to try NSW State Records.



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