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Sergeant-Major James Costello

Ancestor Details

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

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: James Edward Costello, Clayton Sth VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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