The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Trooper (later Sergeant) Samuel Moth

Ancestor Details

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.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Nigel Alan Moth, COOK ACT
Relationship to Ancestor: Eldest of two Grandsons


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