The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Trooper Thomas Cross

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Thomas Herbert Cross

Ancestor's date of birth: 11/03/1880

Ancestor's date of death: 1962

Cause of Death: Broke his hip was in Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick. My Aunt had all the information including photographs, sadly was lost when she passed away.

Service Number: 1679

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


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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): TPR, Date Effective: 18/07/1915

Murray Page: 179

Contingent: 2nd Australian

Ship: Manhattan, Date of Sailing: 01/04/1902

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Transvaal and SA 1902 clasps. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: A very quiet man, did not talk about the Boer War, I only knew that he served. He went to St Josephs College. Loved reading. To enlist, He had to be able to ride and shoot and pass an army medical, be single and prepared to serve for one year. Height: 174 cm, weight: 70 kg (1915).

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: Unit did not see service

Service and life after the Boer War: Returned to Australia 1 August 1902 on the Manchester Merchant. Married Frances. Worked as a stockman. Joined the AIF (7 Light Horse, 9th reinforcement draft) on 18 July 1915. Served in Palestine but suffered bouts of illness, returned to Australia and was discharged 17 October 1916. Travelled around Australia with my Grandmother, settled in Randwick. looked after my Mother, Brother and myself when we were evacuated out of Rabaul on the last DC 3, 28 December 1941, My father was NGVR, supposed to have been on Montevideo Maru. He was a wonderful Grandfather, passed away when I was 21.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Cynthia Schmidt, Southport QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand daughter


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