The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private Sydney Malin

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Sydney Gilbert Malin

Ancestor's date of birth: Detail not provided

Ancestor's date of death: Detail not provided

Cause of Death: Of Old age in New Zealand

Service Number: 1475

Colony or State of enlistment: Not applicable; Place of Enlistment: South Africa

Unit: Western Province Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE

Murray Page: Not applicable did not serve in an Australian unit

Contingent: Not applicable

Ship: Travelled privately to South Africa

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with two clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: Enlisted in South Africa, 31 August 1901 and discharged 31 March 1902. When the second invasion of Cape Colony took place in December 1900 several new bodies of volunteers or irregulars were raised at Cape Town, among others the Western Province Mounted Rifles. They reached a strength of over 500. Throughout 1901 and 1902 the corps did an immense amount of arduous work in the extreme south-west of the Colony. They were often far from support and in a district much favoured by the enemy, and one almost impossible for regular troops to work in. The corps had endless little engagements, frequently involving sharp casualties, and if they had a good many patrols captured this may be attributed to their being more than usually split up into little detachments at the request of the officer who commanded the district. A patrol on 4 August 1901 made a smart capture of 7 prisoners, 70 horses, and 1,000 rounds of ammunition. One of the most notable things done in the western district was the successful defence of Tontelbosch Kolk, the Boer force in the neighbourhood being stated by Lord Kitchener to be about 1,000 strong. The garrison, which was partly composed of men of this corps, made use of their cover most expertly, and during the siege the WPMR only lost 2 killed and 3 wounded.

Service and life after the Boer War: Served in the NZEF WW1 as #57562 New Zealand Rifle Brigade.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Antony Osman, Wahroonga NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Nephew


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