The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Trooper Ranald Cuthbert

Ancestor Details

Name of ancestor: Ranald (note shown as Ronald in Murray) Gilbert Hopper Cuthbert

Ancestor's date of birth: 25/07/1878

Ancestor's date of death: 12/12/1914

Cause of Death: Farm accident

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born in Redhill, Surrey, England. Resident in Strathfield, NSW at the time of enlistment. Shown as a clerk by trade. Served in Sydney Half Squadron New South Wales Lancers. Trained with the Lancers at Aldershot, UK in 1899.

Service Number: 757

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

Unit: NSW Lancers,

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1899

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence pf post Boer War promotion

Murray Page: 11

Contingent: First New South Wales (second Lancer draft)

Ship: Moravian, Date of Sailing: 18/01/1900

Memorial details: New South Wales Lancers' Memorial Museum, Parramatta NSW.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with 4 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: A soldier

Reasons to go and fight: A serving soldier who had trained in the UK with the NSW Lancers detachment. When his comrades stayed in South Africa en route to Australia, returned home to finalise personal matters. He now returned to fight with his unit.

Details of service in war: February 1900 - December 1900 in Free State (joined Lancer Squadron at Paardeberg), and east Transvaal see NSW Lancers.

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 8 January 1901 on Orient. Had agreed to serve a further one year in the Lancers following the Aldershot training and war service. Killed in a farm accident in 1914.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Geoffrey Brien Cuthbert, Keiraville NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Nephew


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