The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Trooper Robert Threlfall

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Robert Threlfall

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1864

Ancestor's date of death: 24/04/1915

Cause of Death: Drowning

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Born in Melbourne where father was stationed for 2 years before arriving in Sydney.Father William Royal Artillery. Mother Jane (Keating). Robert lived in army barracks at Dawes Point,Fort Macquarie, Fort Denison and Victoria Barracks during his childhool. Robert married Euphemia Livingston in 1898. She was thrown from a sulky the following year and died in Sydney Hospital.

Service Number: 333

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

Unit: C Squadron, 5 Bn Australian Commonwealth Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1902

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 1914

Murray Page: 192

Contingent: Third Australian

Ship: Columbian, Date of Sailing: 22/05/1902

Memorial details: Detail not provided.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: NIL

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Father's military background and the death of his wife of only 1 year.

Details of service in war: Unit arrived in South Africa on 18 June 1902, after the peace had been concluded.

Service and life after the Boer War: Robert enlisted in WW1 and was a guard. He was on duty guarding Como Bridge, Georges River, Sutherland, when he fell of during a severe storm. He was in full uniform, including his great coat and subsequently drowned. Date of death 24 April 1915 (the eve of the original ANZAC Day).

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Betty June Callaway, Yamba NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Robert was my great uncle. Brother of my maternal grandmother.

Name of Descendant: Leonie Entwistle, Kincumber NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: great niece. Robert was my great uncle, he was my grandfather's brother on my mothers side.


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