The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Major Reuter Roth

Ancestor Details


Ancestor's date of birth: 20/03/1858

Ancestor's date of death: 02/09/1924

Cause of Death: Cause unknown probably heart failure.

Service Number: Officer - no number

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


Rank attained in Boer War: MAJ, Date Effective: 01/01/1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): MAJGEN, Date Effective: 01/01/1921

Murray Page: 20

Contingent: 1st New South Wales

Ship: SS Kent, Date of Sailing: 28/10/1899

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: CMG; DSO; VD; PD

Personal Characteristics: Reuter was energetic. Very patriotic. Very Keen on Sports. Swimming.

Reasons to go and fight: Very patriotic.

Details of service in war: December 1899-December 1900 in Cape Colony, Free State, and Transvaal

Service and life after the Boer War: Lieutenant-colonel in command of 5th Field Ambulance, Australian Army Medical Corps, Gallipoli (6th April 1915) He was responsible for all medical arrangements at the battle of Aeurhaix. Western Front France. Principal Medical Officer of Commonwealth Forces in New South Wales. Received the Colours from His Majesty the King for the Australian Army Medical Corps. Founder and Chairman St. John's Ambulance Brigade (Sydney Centre) Founder of the Royal Life Saving Society (1904) Foundation member and Executive committees of the State Division of the British Red Cross Society. Empowered and visited New Caledonia for the Jubilee, General of the Commonwealth. Established the medicinal gymnastic department at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.  (The department later became known as the Physiotherapy Department.) Honorary Medical Officer. He introduced the Swedish system of physical education into New South Wales schools. The first medical inspector of schools in NSW. The Commonwealth delegate to visit Berlin as the Commonwealth Delegate to the International Congress of Hygiene. Founder Australian Association for the Advancement of Science President of the Permanent Medical Referee Board (1917).

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Melodie Drew BONNELLS BAY NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Uncle

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