The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Captain (later Major) Reinhold Shadler

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Reinhold Gustav Moritz Shadler

Ancestor's date of birth: 25/02/1873

Ancestor's date of death: 30/11/1906

Cause of Death: Brights Disease (chronic nephritis)

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Reinhold was the youngest child of German migrants Adolph Schaedtler and Christine Kurtz and was born on 25 February 1873. He was educated at North Sydney Church of England Grammar School and also had three years of schools in Dresden and Hamburg during 1883/86. At some point the family name was changed to Shadler. He joined the army as a volunteer. He served in the Sydney half Squadron of Lancers for three years rising to the rank of corporal. He then joined the Australian Horse Regiment upon its formation as a Trooper and eventually became successively troop sergeant major, second lieutenant and lieutenant. His father was a well-known caterer in Sydney although Reinhold owned the property 'Arnprior' in the Braidwood district for many years.

Service Number: Officer - no number

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

Unit: 'A' Squadron 3rd Australian Commonwealth Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: CAPT, Date Effective: 01/03/1902

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): MAJ, Date Effective: 01/01/1904

Murray Page: 177

Contingent: Second Australian Commonwealth

Ship: SS Manhattan or Englishman, Date of Sailing: 01/04/1902

Memorial details: Buried Goulburn General cemetary, Goulburn Boer War War Memorial and a plaque in St Saviours Cathedral.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal and South Africa 1902 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: A civic minded officer, highly respected in both civil and military circles.

Reasons to go and fight: A professional reservist then commanding the Australian Horse squadron in Goulburn.

Details of service in war: Upon the formation of the 3rd battalion of the Australian Commonwealth horse, second Commonwealth contingent he volunteered for active service and was given command of 'A' squadron, with the rank of captain. On enlistment he was described as a gentleman. The unit arrived in time to only be involved in disarming surrendering Boers and security duties Sailed back to Australian on the Drayton Grange.

Service and life after the Boer War: After the Boer War he moved and took up residence in Goulburn. He was a leader in the local Agricultural, Pastoral and Horticultural society.

His last posting was as major and squadron commander in the 3rd Australian Light Horse (Australian Horse) Regiment at Goulburn.

He died in a Sydney hospital 30th of November 1906, aged 33 from Bright's disease and was buried in Goulburn. The body was brought to Goulburn by the midnight train and taken to St Saviour's Cathedral. He was buried with full military honours after a service in Saviour's Cathedral. The pallbearers were Colonel Ryrie, captains Macmaster, Holdorf and Rogerson and lieutenants Fitzgerald, Chisholm, Beegling and Betts. The honour guard consisted of 25 members of the Australian Horse and 40 members of G company of the infantry Battalion supported by the regimental band of the Australian Horse. A firing party fired three volleys over the grave and the trumpeters sounded the Last Post. A message of condolence from the army inspector general Major General John Charles Hoad was read out.

A brass plaque in his memory is in St Saviours Anglican Cathedral in Goulburn.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Julie White, North Turramurra NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand daughter

Name of Descendant: Brian Shadler, Runaway Bay QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand son

Name of Descendant: Ken Shadler, Salamander Bay NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand son


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