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Trooper Herbert Cuthbert

Ancestor Details

Name of ancestor: Herbert William Hopper Cuthbert

Ancestor's date of birth: 13/09/1879

Ancestor's date of death: 13/04/1960

Cause of Death: Old age

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born Odiham, Hampshire, England. Lived in Strathfield, NSW at the time of enlistment. Shown as a clerk at the time of enlistment. Served in Sydney Half Squadron New South Wales Lancers. Trained with the Lancers at Aldershot, UK in 1899.

Service Number: 916

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Parramatta

Unit: NSW Lancers,

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1899

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence pf post Boer War promotion

Murray Page: 11

Contingent: First New South Wales (second Lancer draft)

Ship: Moravian, Date of Sailing: 18/01/1900

Memorial details: New South Wales Lancers' Memorial Museum, Parramatta NSW.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with 6 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: A soldier

Reasons to go and fight: A serving soldier who had trained in the UK with the NSW Lancers detachment. When his comrades stayed in South Africa en route to Australia, returned home to finalise personal matters. He now returned to fight with his unit.

Details of service in war: February 1900 - December 1900 in Free State (joined Lancer Squadron at Paardeberg), and east Transvaal see NSW Lancers.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 8 January 1901 on Orient. Had agreed to serve a further one year in the Lancers following the Aldershot training and war service. No further details provided.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Geoffrey Brien Cuthbert, Keiraville NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Son

Name of Descendant: Daniel Robert Simpkins, Bulimba QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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