The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra
|Sergeant Major Thomas Hurley|
Ancestor's Name: Michael Thomas Thomas - Thos Hurley
Ancestor's date of birth: 01/02/1872
Ancestor's date of death: 01/01/1946
Cause of Death: I have to look into it. It was somehow complicated in the end for him as he had asthma. My father was 24 years old at the time of his death. He died in Viña del Mar, Chile
Service and Life Before the Boer War: Would like to know!
Service Number: 114
Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Broken Hill
Unit: D Squadron NSW Citizens Bushmen
Rank attained in Boer War: SMAJ, Date Effective: 1901
Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No evidence of post Boer War service.
Murray Page: 83
Contingent: Third New South Wales
Ship: Atlantian or Maplemore, Date of Sailing: 28/02/1900
Other Boer War Service: Stayed on in South Africa, serving as a sergeant major in the South African Constabulary until December 1902
Memorial details: Buried in Chile
Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal clasps, King's South Africa Medal with South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 clasps. S.A.C badge by Baden-Powell.
Personal Characteristics: Good health, good physics and good conduct (says his discharge).
Reasons to go and fight: Good shooter and rider plus the fact that he was a Sergeant already. He must have been with a Regiment in NSW. Perhaps Broken Hill I wonder. I have identified him in a photo taken in Broken Hill see below.
Details of service in war: April 1900 - April 1901 in Rhodesia under Carington, west Transvaal including defence of Elands River Post (4-16 August 1900), and under Plumer in northern Transvaal, great De Wet hunt (February - March 1901) and advance on Petersburg. He must have been at Elands River. He was with Granville Thomas Cooper, as it is said, at the time of his Granville's death. My father, Thomas Hurley, used to say his father (Sergeant Thomas Hurley) was at the Relief of Mafeking.
Service and life after the Boer War: He came to Argentina, over the Andes Mountains on mule and settled in Valparaíso, Chile.
Name of Descendant: Patrick John Hurley, Santiago, Chile
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson