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Full Name
John Kenneth Allan
Rank Last Held
Trooper
Forename(s)
John Kenneth
Surname
Allan
War
South African War, 1899-1902
Serial No.
800
First Known Rank
Trooper
Occupation before Enlistment
Mechanical Engineer
Next of Kin
W. Allan (father), Rangiora, Canterbury, New Zealand
Enlistment Address
Westland, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation
3rd Contingent
Embarkation Unit
3rd New Zealand Mounted Rifles, 5 Company
Embarkation Date
17 February 1900
Place of Embarkation
Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand
Vessel
Knight Templar
Destination
South Africa
Military Awards
Queen's South Africa Medal
Last Unit Served
3rd Contingent, New Zealand Mounted Rifles
Place of Death
Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa
Date of Death
5 February 1901
Year of Death
1901
Cause of Death
Enteric fever
Memorial Name
  • Ranfurly Veterans' Home, 539 Mount Albert Road, Three Kings, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899 - 1902
Obituary
New Zealand Herald, 8 February 1901
Description of Image
  • Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, 1st - 7th Contingents, (photo J. Halpin September 2011)
  • Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, (photo J. Halpin September 2011)
  • Roll of Honour, Ranfurly Veterans' Home, detail, commemoration panel (photo J. Halpin September 2011)
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899-1902, Name panel A: A'Court, S.C. - Arkell, C.A. (photo John Halpin, December 2011).
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, South African War Memorial 1899-1902 Dedication panel. (photo John Halpin, December 2011).
Additional Information
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.
Further References
Sources Used
  • Stowers, R. (1992). Kiwi versus Boer: the First New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902. Hamilton, NZ, The Author.
  • New Zealand Herald
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