The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Sergeant-Major James Costello|
Ancestor's Name: James Costello
Ancestor's date of birth: 1854
Ancestor's date of death: Detail not provided
Cause of Death: age
Service Number: Warrant Officer - no number
Colony or State of enlistment: TAS, Place of Enlistment: Detail not provided
Unit: 1st Tasmanian Contingent
Rank attained in Boer War: Sergeant-Major, Date Effective: Detail not provided
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): MAJ, Date Effective: 1919
Murray Page: 548
Contingent: First Tasmanian
Date of Sailing: 28 October 1899 on Medic, 23 January 1900 on Moravian
Memorial details: Not known
Decorations: DCM, Queen's South Africa Medal Medal with 5 clasps, mentioned in despatchs London Gazette, Special mention in CO's report.
Personal Characteristics: Not known
Reasons to go and fight: Career soldier. 18 years in Royal Irish Fusiliers. Spent many years in India (now Pakistan). Children born in India including my father.
Details of service in war: Cape Colony, Oran, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill. November 1899 - November 1900 in northern Cape Colony, Free State and Transvaal; part of Australian Regiment November 1899-April 1900, converted to mounted rifles December 1899; reinforcements from Tasmania sent to north-west Cape Colony where some remained while others joined the contingent in April 1900.
Service and life after the Boer War: Member of Aust Defence Force until discharged under regulations as Captain Quartermaster honary rank of Major in 1919 seven sons in 1st World War
Name of Descendant: James Edward Costello, Clayton Sth VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson