The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Corporal Neil MacIntosh|
Name of Ancestor: Neil Alexander MacIntosh
Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1869
Ancestor's date of death: 27/02/1939
Cause of Death: Natural causes.
Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born on the island of Benbecula (Outer Hebrides), Scotland. Came to Australia with his parents at the age of 10. Settled at Square Mile and later Glenburnie, near Mount Gambier SA. After leaving school spent some time working in Melbourne, then Queensland. Shortly after his return to SA was one of 25 selected to represent the State at Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in London in 1897. Enlisted for service at the outbreak of the Boer war.
Service Number: 86
Colony or State of enlistment: SA Place of Enlistment: Mt Gambier
Unit: 1st South Australian Mounted Rifles
Rank attained in Boer War: CPL, Date Effective: Prior to departure.
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service.
Murray Page: 344
Contingent: First South Australian
Ship: Medic, Date of Sailing: 02/11/1899
Memorial details: Details not provided.
Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen Victoria's Jubilee Medal. Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal clasps.
Personal Characteristics: Excellent horseman. Keen athlete. Churchgoer and member of several local community organisations and associations in Mount Gambier.
Reasons to go and fight: A serving soldier.
Details of service in war: November 1899 - October 1900 in northern Cape Colony, Free State and in east Transvaal. Most operations were in the vicinity of Arundel - Colesberg.
Service and life after the Boer War: Married Mabel Kitely in 1904, 5 children (3 boys 2 girls). Profession, master painter. Member of Board of Management Presbyterian Church, director of Caledonian Society, Provincial Grand Master Oddfellows Lodge, committee member A & H Society, all Mount Gambier.
Name of Descendant: Donald Craig MacIntosh, Wattle Park SA
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson