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Trooper (later Lieutenant) Thomas Scotland

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Thomas Scotland

Ancestor's date of birth: 07/06/1880

Ancestor's date of death: 10/06/1963

Cause of Death: Age Related

Service and Life Before the Boer War: He was born at Jesmond Northumberland, UK. He enlisted in the 5th Volunteer battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers in 1899 and served for 12 months before enlisting for the Boer War.

Service Number: 29716

Colony or State of enlistment: Not Australia, Place of Enlistment: Northumberland UK

Unit: 100 Northumberland Company, 5th battalion Imperial Yeomanry

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1901

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): LT, Date Effective: 24/03/1916

Murray Page: Not applicable did not serve in an Australian unit

Contingent: Not applicable

Ship: Not known

Memorial details: Soldier's grave Cottesloe WA

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902 clasps. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height 176 cm, weight 77 kg (1915). Outstanding horseman, leader, meticulous, bushman.

Reasons to go and fight: A family tradition to serve

Details of service in war: Arrived as part of the second contingent IY. September October 1901 a series of running skirmishes Moedivil and Springvale.He severely wounded at Waterkloof 4 October 1901. He also suffered a bout of Enteric Fever. Nearly 18 months service in South Africa.

Service and life after the Boer War: He migrated to Australia after the war and was Anna Plains cattle station manager near Broome WA to 1915. Married Paula Erna Freda. He enlisted in the AIF in 10th Light Horse on 10 March 1915 and was commissioned Second Lieutenant, promoted 24 March 1916. Served in Palestine. He returned to Australia 29 May 1917 He died at Cottesloe, Western Australia.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Don Elks, Rossmoyne WA
Relationship to Ancestor: Grandson


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