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Trooper (later Warrant Officer) Tasker May

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Tasker May

Ancestor's date of birth: 08/08/1885

Ancestor's date of death: 01/02/1965

Cause of Death: Stomach Cancer

Service Number: 402 and 3164

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC Place of Enlistment: Melbourne

Units: Colonial Light Horse and Third NSW imperial Bushmen

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): WO2, Date Effective: 15/08/1915

Murray Page: 158

Contingent: Fifth New South Wales.

Ship: Travelled privately to South Africa (was under age)

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal, Orange Free State and Cape Colony clasps; King's South Africa Medal with South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 clasps. 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: He was only 16 1901, well under combat age at that time it was 21. Height - 1.7 m (1914).

Reasons to go and fight: Not Known.

Details of service in war: The Colonial Light Horse was a South African unit, about 4 squadrons strong, it was organised in 1901. The regiment saw a good deal of service in Cape Colony at a time when glory was very hard to harvest, but they did useful work in worrying and running down small commandos, and they seem to have kept out of serious mishaps. The third New South Wales Imperial Bushmen was formed around reinforcements intended for Citizen and Imperial Bushmen contingents; a few members recruited in South Africa were Australian. It saw service in east and west Transvaal. Tasker May was discharged from Colonial Light Horse on 4 Jan 1902. He was enrolled in 3rd NSW Imperial Bushmen on 6 Jan 1902 with service number 3164 as a Trooper and discharged on 31 July 1902.

Service and life after the Boer War: He returned to work as a Tobacco Worker until 20 Aug 1914 when at age 29 he re-enlisted for the 1st World War as a sergeant in the Australian Army Service Corps. Promoted Warrant Officer Class 2 (CSM) on 14 August 1915, he served in France. He was discharged on 31 Jan 1919, after which he returned to his old job.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Kenneth Gordon May, Wagga Wagga NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson

Name of Descendant: Ronald Kenneth May, Albion VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Son


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