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Lieutenant Colonel Percy Ricardo (Later Colonel, CB)

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Percy Ralph Ricardo

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1855

Ancestor's date of death: 04/06/1907

Cause of Death: Fractured Skull the result of being thrown from a horse.

Service Number: Officer - no number

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Brisbane

Unit: 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry

Rank attained in Boer War: LTCOL, Date Effective: July 1997

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): COL, Date Effective: 1903

Murray Page: 450

Contingent: 1st Queensland

Ship: Cornwall, Date of Sailing: 01/11/1899

Memorial details: His grave is in Boroondara cemetery, near Melbourne, Victoria.

Decorations: CB, Queens Medal 4 clasps, Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 16th April 1901

Personal Characteristics: Resourceful and intelligent.

Reasons to go and fight: Career soldier.

Details of service in war: December 1899-December 1900 in northwest Cape Colony including victory over rebel band at Sunnyside (1 January 1900), Free State, and east Transvaal; joined to 2nd Qld Mounted Infantry April 1900. In July 1900 the unit was reduced to two squadrons, LTCOL Ricardo handed over command to Major Chauvel, and took up a staff appointment in Praetoria.

Service and life after the Boer War: After the war he was appointed military commandant of Western Australia, and given the temporary rank of Colonel. In 1905 he was given the post of Military Commandant of Victoria. He died in a riding accident in 1907. Colonel Ricardo is revered as the "Founder of the Queensland Mounted Infantry".

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: David Feez, Buderim QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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