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Private Babington Macaulay

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Babington Aulay Macaulay (Macauley in Murray)

Ancestor's date of birth: 12/08/1876

Ancestor's date of death: 28/01/1931

Cause of Death: Detail not provided.

Service and Life Before the Boer War: It is believed that he may have been born in Victoria. He was a miner by trade living on enlistment at Blackwood in the Coromandel Valley. On enlistment he was described as a good horseman and a fair shot. Five years cadet service in Victoria and one year service in A Company 2nd South Australian Infantry Regiment.

Service Number: 4

Colony or State of enlistment: SA, Place of Enlistment: Adelaide

Unit: 2 South Australian Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service.

Murray Page: 350

Contingent: Second South Australian

Ship: SS Surrey, Date of Sailing: 21/01/1900

Memorial details: Detail not provided.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Johannesburg Clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: Service: March 1900 - October 1900 or March 1901 in northwest Cape Colony, Free State, and east Transvaal; joined to first SA contingent April-October 1900, most of contingent then becoming part of Australian Mounted Infantry Brigade November 1900-March 1901. H. H. Morant was a non-commissioned officer in the contingent. Whilst not listed in Murray the presentation of clasps to this contingent indicates that he was invalided home with illness and only received 3 clasps rather than the five that most got.

Service and life after the Boer War: He and others were welcomed home with a public function at Blackwood in the Coromandel Valley.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Barbara Macaulay, Aberfoyle Park SA
Relationship to Ancestor: Daughter-in-Law


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