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Stanley Rankin, KFS and Canadian Scouts 4 months 1 week ago #84587

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Stanley Rankin, KFS and Canadian Scouts 4 months 1 week ago #84589

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Thanks for your help this has filled in a lot of gaps' .I still don't know how a 16 year got to South Africa in 1901 but I think there may be a bit to that story. He also served in ww1 from 1914 to 1918 and tried to enlist in ww2.Thanks again for your help.

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Hi Rankind,

Welcome to the ABW Forum. From the image that I was able to find below, it appears that your grandfather was a proud 'Digger', celebrating ANZAC Day in Melbourne in 1954.


(The Argus, Melbourne, Vic., Monday 26 Apr, 1954)

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Hi Rankind,
I may have just discovered the answer to your question of how your grandfather made his way to South Africa. From the below article it appears that he was a stowaway with two others. The article suggests that he may even have been as young as 13 years of age.


(The Argus, Melbourne, Vic., Wednesday 28 Mar, 1900)

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Hi Trev, Yes that's my grand father he never missed a ANZAC day march you can see his South Africa Medal with the 3 clasps. Stowing away at 13 is amazing. Thanks for the article.

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Great research. Many thanks, Trev.
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