The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Major Later Major General Victor Sellheim

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Victor Conradsdorf Morisset Sellheim

Ancestor's date of birth: 12/05/1866

Ancestor's date of death: 25/01/1928

Cause of Death: Heart failure

Service Number: Officer - no number

Colony or State of enlistment: QLD, Place of Enlistment: Far North

Unit: Special Service Officer (served in a number of units)

Rank attained in Boer War: MAJ, Date Effective: 01/01/1899

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): MAJGEN, Date Effective: 01/01/1920

Murray Page: 520, 521

Contingent: Sailed from the UK where he was training.

Ship: Harlech Castle, Date of Sailing: 20/10/1899 (From Southhampton)

Memorial details: Detail not provided

Decorations: Companion of the Bath(CB), Companion of St Michael and St George (CGM), Mentioned in Despatches. C.A.G. 129/6

Personal Characteristics: Nicknamed Porky due to his stature. Highly articulate and a good administrator. Had a slight stammer as did his father. An able and experienced officer.

Reasons to go and fight: Family tradition. His grandfather was Lieutenant Colonel James Thomas Morisset. Was already serving, enlisted in the Kennedy Regiment, commissioned as 2Lt in 1892, promoted to Capt 1893. 1896 joined the Qld permanent forces as Adjt of the Kennedy Regiment. 1897 Staff officer at Nthn Military Dist. at Townsville. Was sent to England for trg coures in 1899 when outbreak of war in Sth Africa.

Details of service in war: Advance on Pretoria (for details check-out Murray pages 520 and 521).

Service and life after the Boer War: Remained in the Army. 1906-07 on attachment in Britain at Aldershot and the 4th Indian Divison at Quetta. December 1909 promoted Lt Col and appointed Quartermaster General, AMF in 1912. A member of the Military Board. 1913 promoted Colonel and appointed Adjt General in August 1914. Staff of 1 Div, AIF as Asst Adjt and QM general, head of Admin Staff. Organised admin of AIF in Egypt. Brig General 1 Feb 1916. Promoted Maj Gen in Jan 1920 appointed QM General 1922-24 as well as Adjt General. Resigned in January 1927 and was appointed Administrator of Norfolk Island. Victor C.M. Sellheim died of heart failure at Norfolk Island on 25 January 1928 and is buried at Kingston Cemetery on Norfolk Island.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Ronald Eric Thompson, Albany Creek QLD

Relationship to Ancestor: cousin


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