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Private Thomas Gordon

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Thomas (aka Harry) Henry Gordon

Ancestor's date of birth: 23/06/1879

Ancestor's date of death: Detail not provided

Cause of Death: Not known

Service Number: 201

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Brisbane

Unit: 3rd Queensland Mounted Infantry

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

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Detail not provided

Murray Page: 471

Contingent: Third Queensland

Ship: Duke of Portland, Date of Sailing: 03/03/1900

Memorial details: Soldier Section, Lutwyche Cemetery, Brisbane, Queensland

Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps

Personal Characteristics: Detail not provided

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: April 1900 - April 1901 in Rhodesia, west Transvaal including relief of Mafeking (16-17 May 1900), defeat at Koster River (22 July 1900) and defence of Elands River Post (4-16 August 1900), and in northern Transvaal including battle of Rhenoster Kop (29 November 1900), and advance on Pietersburg.

Service and life after the Boer War: Thomas Henry (Harry) GORDON served in the Boer War with his brother William Francis (Frank) GORDON. After returning from the Boer War, Harry married Emma FRITZ and became one of the first land settlers in the Kenilworth area. Harry, Emma and their family settled on one of their three farms along side the Mary River. Later Harry was one of the first Model T Fords owners in Queensland. Harry later leased out the farms and moved the family to Bundaberg, and then during the depression, Harry moved the family back to Kenilworth. During their life together, Thomas Henry (Harry) and Emma GORDON had 10 children.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Colin Victor GREENSILL, Bracken Ridge QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Grand Nephew


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