The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Private Thomas Gauld

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Thomas Gauld

Ancestor's date of birth: 1880

Ancestor's date of death: 19/05/1914

Cause of Death: Accidental death caused by fall from a cart,

Service and Life Before the Boer War: No details provided.

Service Number: 1328

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

Unit: 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles (Left Wing)

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: 01/02/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service

Murray Page: 294

Contingent: Fifth Victorian

Ship: Orient or Argus, Date of Sailing: 15/02/1901

Memorial details: Melbourne Cemetery

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided.

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided.

Details of service in war: March 1901 - March 1902 in east Transvaal and Natal frontier, including defeat at Wilmansrust where 18 killed and 42 wounded (12 June 1901), and successful intervention at Onverwacht (4 January 1902); heaviest casualties of any Australian contingent, at Wilmansrust suffered the costliest defeat. Murray records him as being dangerously ill with Enteric Fever at Standerton 22 March 1902.


Service and life after the Boer War: Died after falling from a cart in 1914.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: John Phillips, St Ives NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Nephew

Name of Descendant: Richard Phillips, Baulkham Hills NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Nephew

Name of Descendant: Scott Phillips, Doreen VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Nephew


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