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Gunner Thomas Irwin

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Thomas Kennedy Irwin

Ancestor's date of birth: 23/03/1856

Ancestor's date of death: 09/05/1930

Cause of Death: chronic bronchitis

Service and Life Before the Boer War: vet (horses)

Service Number: 9 (1QMI), 876 (1ACH)

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

Unit: MG section 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry, then 1st Australian Commonwealth Horse

Rank attained in Boer War: GNR, Date Effective: 1899

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 17/01/1917

Murray Page: 456 and 524

Contingent: First Queensland and First Australian.

Ship: Cornwall, Date of Sailing: 01/11/1899

Ship: Custodian, Date of Sailing: 06/02/1902

Other Boer War Service: series B4418

Memorial details: Wollongong cemetery

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal clasps. King's South Africa Medal with SA 1902 clasp. British War Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height: 179 cm, weight: 69 kg (1917).

Reasons to go and fight: Of Irish origin - National Pride

Details of service in war: Served as a gunner in 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry; age put to 25 years; December 1899 - December 1900 in northwest Cape Colony including victory over 'rebel' band at Sunnyside (1 January 1900), Free State, and east Transvaal. Returned to Australia, discharged 23 January 1901. Re-enlisted as a private in the 1st Australian Commonwealth Horse. Served March - May 1902 on Natal border and west Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Asked by Banjo Paterson to bring horses to Egypt in WW1. Enlisted in the AIF for WW1 on 17 January 1917, put age down to 41 years. Served with 42 Bn in France. Led first Anzac March down Crown Street in Wollongong 1917 had three sons served WW1. I (Edwin Grant) have his death certificate of him and military photos prefer not to send this way. This man is my Great Grandfather his son is my direct Grandfather.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Edwin John Grant, Wollongong NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Grandson

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