The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Trooper (later Staff Sergeant) Thomas McIlveen

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Thomas James McIlveen (Murray - James McIllveen)

Ancestor's date of birth: 21/03/1880

Ancestor's date of death: 30/08/1968

Cause of Death: Detail not provided

Service Number: 240

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Tamworth

Unit: 2nd NSW Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 18/02/1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): SSGT, Date Effective: 27/12/1916

Murray Page: 117

Contingent: Fifth New South Wales

Ship: Maplemore, Date of Sailing: 14/03/1901

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with TVL, SA01 and SA02 clasps, 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height: 1.75 m; Weight: 65.3 kg (1914)

Reasons to go and fight: Detail not provided

Details of service in war: April 1901 - April 1902 in west then east Transvaal.

Service and life after the Boer War: Served with the Hunter River Lancers. In 1914, was working as a hospital attendant. Enlisted in the AIF 24 August 1914. Posted to 1 Field Ambulance, Seved at Gallipoli (Cape Helles) attached to 11 Casualty Clearing Station (Brit), in France with 1 Field Ambulance, then Hospital Ship Ulysses on nursing duties, was discharged 2 June 1917 for "family reasons" (he was a widower).

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Patricia Anne Talbot, Newcastle NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Granddaughter


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