The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Sergeant Reginald Gaby

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Reginald Wigmore Gaby

Ancestor's date of birth: 19/02/1876

Ancestor's date of death: 05/08/1976

Cause of Death: Natural Causes

Service Number: 32

Colony or State of enlistment: TAS, Place of Enlistment: Launceston

Unit: 1st Tasmanian Mounted Infantry

Rank attained in Boer War: SGT, Date Effective: 21/05/1902

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service

Murray Page: 549, 574

Contingent: First Tasmanian

Ship: Medic, Date of Sailing: 27/10/1899

Ship: St Andrew, Date of Sailing: 21/05/1902

Other Boer War Service: He first served from 27 October 1899 till 07 December 1900 with 1 Tas Contingent service number was 32. His second tour of duty was from 21 May 1902 till 28 July 1902, with 8 Bn Australoan Commonwealth Horse [Tas]. His service number this time was 255.

Memorial details: No details provided

Decorations: The Queen's South African Medal with clasps for Cape Colony and Orange Free State

Personal Characteristics: He was a man of strong character from a large family of which he was the eldest of 4 brothers. After the Boer war his younger brothers all served in the armed forces during WW1. During WW2 his 4 sons also served in the armed services. He was also a very proud man.

Reasons to go and fight: As a young man of 23 & from a large family he felt it was his duty to serve his country.Also there was little work available at the time & this was a way to earn enough to be able to buy some land so he could have his own farm.

Details of service in war: 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: After the Boar war he returned to Tasmania where he travelled to the north western part,then selected land which was maiden bush & cleared it, built a house & started dairy farming.It was to here that he took his new wife & they had a family of 9 (4boys &5 girls).This farm remained within the family for 104 years.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Neville William GABY, TUGUN QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson

Name of Descendant: Marie Jean O'Halloran (nee GABY), Devonport TAS
Relationship to Ancestor: Daughter


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