The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Captain Cecil Middleton MID|
Ancestor's Name: Cecil Ernest Albert Middleton
Ancestor's date of birth: 13/10/1867
Ancestor's date of death: 1953
Cause of Death: Unknown
Service and Life Before the Boer War: Cecil was born in Morpeth NSW. He was a grazier in the Ballina area before and after the Boer War.
Service Number: Officer no number
Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Sydney
Unit: He was a Lieutenant in the 2nd New South Wales Mounted Rifles and then was promoted to a captain in the 3rd New South Wales Imperial Bushmen
Rank attained in Boer War: CAPT, Date Effective: 01/05/1901
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service
Murray Page: 110 and 147
Contingent: Fifth New South Wales
Ship: Custodian, Date of Sailing: 17/03/1901
Memorial details: Detail not provided
Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal, South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 clasps, MID (Mentioned in despatches (London Gazette 29 July 1902)).
Personal Characteristics: He had traits of leadership & bravery in the face of the enemy and he was promoted to the rank of Captain based on this.
Reasons to go and fight: Patriotism
Details of service in war: April 1901 - May 1902 in west, east Transvaal then west Transvaal
Service and life after the Boer War: He sailed home for Australia from Port Natal aboard the 'Drayton Grange' 11 July 1902. His first wife was Violet Constance Watson. They had two children, a son and a daughter. They married in 1892, they were divorced in 1897. Then he married Islette Yabsley in 1907 and they had a son.
Name of Descendant: Joy Bowman, Terrigal NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand-daughter