The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Trooper (later Sergeant) Samuel Moth|
Acsestor's Name: Samuel James Moth
Ancestor's date of birth: 01/04/1883
Ancestor's date of death: 10/03/1954
Cause of Death: Pneumonia
Service and Life Before the Boer War: On 9 July 1901, aged 18yrs 3 months, enlisted in the UK Militia, Royal Berkshire Regiment.
Service Number: 6661 then 4681
Colony or State of enlistment: Not Australia, Place of Enlistment: Aldershot, Surrey, UK
Unit: 14th (King's) Hussars
Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 01/08/1901
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SGT, Date Effective: Date not known - in WW2
Murray Page: Not applicable did not serve in an Australian unit
Contingent: Not applicable
Ship: Shipped from the UK
Memorial details: Ipswich Soldiers Memorial Suffolk
Awards/Decorations/Commendations: 1902 South Africa Medal, Orange Free State, Cape Colony, 1914 Star with 5 Aug-22 Nov 1914 Bar, 1914-1920 British War Medal, 1914-1918 Victory Medal.
Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided
Reasons to go and fight: Volunteered, call of duty for both 2nd Boer War and WW1
Details of service in war: The 14th Hussars took part in the work between 14 and 27 February 1900, when the relief of Ladysmith was accomplished. After the relief A and C squadrons were brought round to Cape Colony and joined B, which had meantime been doing useful work. The regiment was in April put into the 4th Cavalry Brigade. On the march from Machadodorp to Heidelberg, 12th to 26th October 1900, they had very stiff fighting on several occasions. In the second phase of the war the 14th Hussars were chiefly employed in the Eastern Transvaal and about the passes in the Newcastle district, where they frequently had skirmishes. They also were west of Krugersdorp in columns which did exceptionally good work.
Service and life after the Boer War: Married Annie Terry in 1906. Had four daughters and one son before 1914. Volunteered for WW1 in 1914 and awarded the Special Issue 1914 Star with 5 August-22 November Bar for early enlistment. Served in the Middle East including Palestine and Lebanon with the Cavalry Regiment, 20th Hussars. Had another son in 1919 after moving to Lenham Heath, Kent UK.
Name of Descendant: Nigel Alan Moth, COOK ACT
Relationship to Ancestor: Eldest of two Grandsons