The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private (later Captain) Robert Pitt

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Robert Samuel PITT

Ancestor's date of birth: 14/04/1878

Ancestor's date of death: 02/06/1966

Cause of Death: Detail not provided

Service Number: 179

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

Unit: A Coy 1st Contingent (QMI)

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 01/11/1899

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): CAPT, Date Effective: 21/06/1913

Murray Page: 452

Contingent: 1st Contingent (QMI)

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

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: QSA , Colonial Aux Forces Medal(?)

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: From December 1899 in northwest Cape Colony including victory over rebel band at Sunnyside (1 January 1900), Free State, and east Transvaal. Invalided to Australia with Enteric Fever, arriving on 18 Aug 1900 on "Aberdeen". Discharged 25 Aug 1900. Served 309 days, 259 of them abroad

Service and life after the Boer War: Was a farmer in the Sunnybank area. Served in the Militia (2nd Light Horse (QMI)) and was commissioned 2lt 21 May 1907 Capt 1913. Volunteered for AIF WW1, but rejected as medically unfit. Served in Australia as OC Light Horse Remount Depot at Chermside (Brisbane) now Marchant Park (possibly as a major). Discharged 1916 because of ill health of wife.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Barbara Whitmee, Wheelers Hill VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Granddaughter


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