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Corporal Thomas Hally

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Thomas Hally

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1874

Ancestor's date of death: Detail not provided

Cause of Death: Not stated

Service Number: 200 and 137

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

Unit: 5th Queensland Imerial Bushman and 7 bn Australian Commonwealth Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: CPL, Date Effective: 1902

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): TPR, Date Effective: 27/05/1915

Murray Page: 497 and 533

Contingent: Fifth Queensalnd and Third Australian.

Ship: Templemore, Date of Sailing: 06/03/1901

Ship: Custodian, Date of Sailing: 19/05/1902

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: QSA Medal with clasps, Natal Republic 1900 Medal, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height: 1.72 m, Weight: 69.4 kg, Dark Complexion, Brown Eyes and Dark Hair (1915).

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: Thomas served in B Squadron of the 5th QIB who were from Western Darling Downs and surrounding districts. On arrival in South Africa they were attached to Colonel Jeffrey's Corps of Brigadier-General H.C.O. Plumbers force with which it served continuosusly. The 5th QIB saw plenty of fighting,they were constantly in touch with the enemy. The Onverwacht Battle on the 4 January 1902 is the one most remembered. 7 bn ACH was raised entirely in Queensland. When they arrived in South Africa on the 2 June 1902 peace had been declared. They did not proceed past Newcastle Natal. The battalion returned to Australia on the 28 June 1902 on board the Manchester Merchant.

Service and life after the Boer War: CPL Hally stayed on and also served in Natal Bambata - Zulu 1906. Enlisted in the AIF, 4 Sqn 4 Remount Unit on 27 September 1915 in Perth WA where he had been working as a "bushman"; he was unmarried, nominating his mother (father dead) as his next-of-kin. Served in Egypt and Palestine ultimately in the 14th Light Horse, spent some time hospitalised, was discharged 17 October 1919.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Robert Bruce Hally, Wandina WA

Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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