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Corporal Bertram Merrillees

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Bertram Cecil Merrillees

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1879

Ancestor's date of death: 08/05/1901

Cause of Death: Enteric Fever

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born as fifth son of John Stewart Merrillees and his wife Elizabeth. Attended Melbourne Church of England Grammar School where he excelled in sport and was a cadet Lieutenant in 1900. He had gained admission to medicine at Melbourne University but chose instead to volunteer for South Africa.It is possible that he initially volunteered for 5VMR but was not successful although successfully completing the tests due to numbers.His address on enlistment was Burwood Rd Auburn Victoria

Service Number: 31664

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Melbourne

Unit: 2nd Scottish Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: CPL, Date Effective: 15/02/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Did not survive the Boer War

Murray Page: Not applicable, did not serve with an Australian unit

Contingent: Not applicable

Ship: SS Orient, Date of Sailing: 15/02/1901

Memorial details: Middleburg Cemetery South Africa, Ballarat War Memorial, Roll of Honour AWM Canberra.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: His cadet service seems to have got him his stripes. Enlisted 15 February 1901 and reached South Africa 15 March 1901. Contracting Enteric Fever he died 8 May 1901 at Middleburg.

Service and life after the Boer War: Did not survive the Boer War.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Margaret Ferrier, Narrabeen NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great niece

 


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