The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Private Rupert Thornton|
Name of Ancestor: Rupert Melbourne Thornton
Ancestor's date of birth: 03/06/1877
Ancestor's date of death: 12/06/1901
Cause of Death: Killed in ambush at Wilmansrust
Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born Moama, NSW. Family left Trentham VIC after Dec 1875, Rupert was born in Moama while his family and Grandfather Joseph Bickley ran Bullocks in the area. Family was back in Trentham by April 1880 or before. . He was a nephew of Mr and Mrs William Byrne, of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Trentham.
Service Number: 1602
Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Trentham
Unit: 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles
Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 1901
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Did not survive the Boer War.
Murray Page: 300
Contingent: Fifth Victorian
Ship: Orient, Date of Sailing: 15/02/1901
Memorial details: St Kilda, South Melbourne, Ballarat, Kyneton, Trentham, Tablet town Hall Kilmore, Victoria; Australian National War Memorial, Canberra; Middelburg Cemetery Cairn South Africa.
Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal and SA 1901 clasps.
Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided.
Reasons to go and fight: Unknown
Details of service in war: From March 1901 in east Transvaal and Natal frontier, including defeat at Wilmansrust on 12 June 1901 where 18 including Private Thornton were killed and 42 wounded.
Service and life after the Boer War: Did not survive the Boer War.
Name of Descendant: Amanda Louise Curran, Trentham VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Uncle