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Boer War 1899-1902 

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These pages are a memorial to the 34 Tasmanians who lost their life in the Boer War. As part of the British Empire, Government of the day offered troops to fight the local farmers (or Boers) in South Africa. Tasmanians served mainly in mounted units, often known as “Mounted Rifles”, “Bushmen” or “Imperial Bushmen”.  They fought in both the British counter offensive of 1900 and in the long, weary guerrilla phases of the war lasting until 1902.

A full list of all Tasmanians who served in the following Contingents  MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES DECORATIONS AND ORDERS
1st (Tasmanian Mounted Infantry) 27th October 1899-7th December 1900 Lieutenant Colonel Watchorn Colonel Cameron C.B.
1st (Tasmanian Mounted Infantry) Reinforcements 18th January 1900-7 December 1900 Captain Adams Mercury” 31st. July 1902  Colonel Wallack C.B.
2nd (Tasmanian Bushmen) 5th March 1900-14th June 1901 Lieutenant Boyes Mercury” 31st. July 1902  Colonel Watchorn C.B.
3rd (First Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen) 26th April 1900-5th August 1901 Lieutenant McCormick Mercury” 31st. July 1902  DECORATION
4th (Second Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen) 27th March 1901-25th June 1902 Lieutenant Richardson Mercury” 31st. July 1902  Major R.C.Lewis D.S.O.
1st. Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas) 16th February 1902-9th August 1902 Transport Sgt Coombe Mercury” 31st. July 1902  Captain A. Riggall D.S.O.
3rd Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas) 8th April 1902-9th August 1902 Sergeant James Murphy Mercury” 31st. July 1902  Lieutenant R. Perkins D.S.O.
8th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas) 21st May 1902-28th July 1902 Sergeant Kemsley Mercury” 31st. July 1902  Lieutenant G.E.Wylly V.C.
  Trooper Cawthorn  Mercury” 31st. July 1902  Lieutenant J. H. Bisdee V.C.
    Sergeant Major Costello D.C.M.
    Trooper Clark D.C.M.
    Trooper Groom D.C.M.

# Honours and Awards          Name  Died on Service

O'MAY, Sydney Robert

Rank Trooper 

Service Number No 91

3 (1 Tas Imperial) Contingent

O'SHEA, James

Rank Private 

Service Number  No 303

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

OGILVY, Kenneth Arthur

Rank Captain

Service Number 

8 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)         

OLDING, John Thomas

Rank Private

Service Number  No 304

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent

OLIPHANT, Harold William

Rank L/Corporal

Service Number  No 335

8 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

ORR, John

Rank L/Corporal 

Service Number  No 213

4 (2 Imperial Bushmen) Contingent (Promoted Corporal)


Rank Major

Service Number

8 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)

OWEN, Francis Stephen Bygrave

Rank Private

Service Number  No 1230

1 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse (Tas)












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