News

Family honour Boer War soldier

GOOD MAN: Kay Martens, of Flinders View, honoured the memory of her grandpop, Arthur Mitchell, at the Reserve Forces Day ceremony.
GOOD MAN: Kay Martens, of Flinders View, honoured the memory of her grandpop, Arthur Mitchell, at the Reserve Forces Day ceremony. Rob Williams

TROOPER Arthur "Artie" Mitchell would have played an invaluable role in the Australian war effort between the years 1899-1902.

He went to the South African war as a "shoeing smith" or farrier with the 3rd NSW Imperial Bushmen, for 18 months, and the care of horses in that conflict was indispensable.

About 43,000 horses were sent into battle from Australia and none returned.

Mr Mitchell's granddaughter, Kay Martens, proudly wore his medals at the Reserve Forces Day march and service in Ipswich on Sunday.

Mrs Martens said her grandpop was a nice man - a farmer who had limited formal education.

Despite that, his postcards from the war zones were eloquent and well written.

"He never talked about the war," Mrs Martens said.

"Grandpop was a man of great integrity, a good man."

A total of 516 young Australians lost their lives in the Boer War.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Police charge woman after alleged child abduction

Police and locals joined forces to catch a suspect in Miles yesterday.

She is due to appear in court next month

Telstra, Optus customers at risk, says "ethical hacker"

File

'Digital doors' allow access to personal files, photos

Could Goodna trio be world's dumbest crims?

WATCHING: Police used a Safe City Camera to monitor suspects.

Safe City camera was watching activities of suspects

Local Partners

J.K. Rowling writes through severe back pain

An aching back couldn't stop J.K. Rowling catching inspiration

Elsa voice actor's son hates Frozen

Idina Menzel's son "hates" his mother's most famous film 'Frozen'

Chrissy Teigen likes her "soft" stretch marks

Stretch marks are no problem for Chrissy Teigen

Naomie Harris in the dark over Daniel Craig's future as 007

Naomie Harris has no idea if Daniel Craig will be returning as 007

REVIEW: Will Kasey Chambers' Dragonfly take off with fans?

Kasey Chambers’ new album Dragonfly gets 3.5 stars from Cameron Adams.

CHAMBERS is back with her 11th studio album.

Ed Sheeran wants Beyonce collaboration

Ed Sheeran wants to record a duet with Beyoncé.

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ipswich block of dirt sells for $582 a square metre

JUST SOLD: A property on the Brookwater golf course sold for a record-breaking $612,000.

Property smashed 2007 record by close to $100,000

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!