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Trooper Joseph Mulhall

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Joseph Alexander Mulhall

Ancestor's date of birth: 28/05/1876

Ancestor's date of death: 1952

Cause of Death: Old Age

Service Number: 242

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

Unit: 1st Australian Commonwealth Horse, B Squadron.

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 09/01/1918

Murray Page: 171

Contingent: First Commonwealth Contingent

Ship: Custodian or Manchester Merchant, Date of Sailing: 16/02/1902

Other Boer War Service: WW1 documents claim he served in the South African Light Horse. Total service 2 years. He is the brother of Sgt David Mulhall South African Light Horse.

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal and SA 1902 clasps (may also have been entitled to King's South Africa Medal and other clasps to his Queen's South Africa Medal). British War Medal.

Personal Characteristics: A labourer from West Wylong NSW. Height 170 cm, weight: 64 kg (1918).

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: March - May 1902 on Natal border and west Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Worked as a miner, did not marry. Initially enlisted for WW1 service on 28 October 1915 and served in the 1 LH; discharged 14 April 1916 absent without leave. Enlisted again with 56 Battalion 3rd Reinforcements on 9 January 1918; saw service overseas. Returned to Australia 7 February 1919. Did appear to appreciate the odd drop of amber fluid (see below).

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: John Hill, Maroubra NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Nephew


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