Officers

West Australian Officers In The 2nd Boer War

1st WAMI

Major Hatherley G. Moor (12/7/99-14/10/99) (PERMANENT FORCE ARTILLERY)

Previously was a captain in the Royal Artillery. Had previous service in the Mashonaland War of 1897. CO of the Permanent Force Artillery for a short time in 1899. Served in the 2nd Boer war as the leader of the 1st WAMI with the rank of Major where he was killed in action at the Battle of Palmietfontein 19/7/00. He was the highest ranking officer of the WADF to be killed while at war. He was awarded 2 War Medals.

Captain M W Parker (30/11/97-17/10/99) (PERTH ARTILLERY)

Served in the ranks of the Perth Artillery from 1894-1897. Served as a 2nd Lieutenant from 1897-1898 and as Lieutenant from 1898-1899. He served with the 1st WAMI as a Captain in South Africa where he served as CO after Major Moor’s death. Upon return he was sent to the WADF Staff. In 1901 he retired. He returned in 1903 as a staff officer with the rank of Major. He retired again in 1906. He returned again in 1911 as a Major in the 18th Light Horse Regiment. He retired for a third time in 1912. He returned for a third time in 1913 as a Major in the 38th Battery, A.F.A. and in 1914 was appointed as a Captain in the 8th Battery, Field Artillery AIF for service in the Great War.

He then died of disease In Egypt in 1915. He received 1 Long Service Medal, 5 War Medals and was awarded an MID.

Captain Herbert Frederick Darling (6/9/97-17/10/99) (GERALDTON RIFLES)

Served in the ranks of the Geraldton Rifles from 1896 to 1897 as a Corporal. Initially commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and promoted to Lieutenant in 1899. Served with the 1st WAMI in South Africa as a Lieutenant and then served a 2nd tour with the 5th WAMI as the Captain commanding it. After 14 years of being discharged he came back as a Captain in the 44th Battalion (West Australian Rifles) serving in the Great War in 1916. In December of the same year he was promoted to Major and served with the 28th Battalion (Swan Regiment) before finally retiring 1/10/20. Wounded in South Africa in the Battle of Watervaal Onder (3/9/00). Awarded the Distinguished Service Order (2BW), Mentioned in Despatches (2BW), 2 Medals for the 2nd Boer War and 2 Medals for the Great War.

Major John Campbell (28/4/99-17/10/99) (PERTH ARTILLERY)

Served in the ranks of the Perth Artillery from 1896-1899. Served in the 2nd Boer War as a Lieutenant in the 1st WAMI and later as the Major commanding the 6th WAMI. He was awarded the MID and 2 War medals.

Lieutenant G G W Hensman

His previous service was in the Royal Horse Guards from 1895-1897 when he purchased his discharge. Served with the 1st WAMI in South Africa as a Lieutenant, where he was wounded in the Battle of W.A. Hill in February 1900. He died 1 month later from his wounds, age 24. He received 1 War Medal.

Lieutenant Alfred J Bessell-Brown (22/4/00-26/5/01) (PERTH ARTILLERY)

Served in the 2nd Boer War as an officer in the 1st WAMI with the rank of Lieutenant and again in the 5th WAMI as the commanding officer with the rank of Captain. Retired from 1902-1908. Returned as a captain in the No 1 W.A. Battery, A.F.A. in 1908. In 1911 he was promoted to Major and joined the 13th Australian Field Artillery Brigade. In 1914 he joined the 8th Battery, Field Artillery to fight in the Great War which he stayed with until 1915.

In 1915 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and commanded the 2nd Australian Field Artillery Brigade in the great war until 1917. From 1917 to 1920 he served in various staff positions including A.D.C. to the Governor General where he was promoted to Colonel. From 1921 to 1923 he commanded the 3rd Australian Field Artillery Brigade and the 5th Division Headquarters. He retired in 1923 but remained as an honorary colonel of the 28th Regiment and 3rd Field Brigade on the unattached list until 1935. He was awarded the DSO, C.B., C.M.G., DSM (USA), MID (9 times), 5 war medals and 3 long service medals.

Major George F McWilliams (5/8/91-1/7/03) (MEDICAL DEPARTMENT)

Served as a Surgeon in the Medical staff from 1891-1899 rising to the rank of Surgeon-Captain. In 1899 he was designated the medical officer of Perth with the rank of Major. He served in the 2nd Boer War as a medical officer with the 1st WAMI rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He had previously served as an enlisted in the Southern Troop of Light Horse from 1882-1883 and the Melbourne University Corps from 1884-1886. He was awarded 1 war medal.

2nd WAMI

Lieutenant Colonel H. L. Pilkington

Had previous service as a Captain in the 21st Hussars and was stationed in South Africa for some time past 1896. He was assigned as the Major commanding the 2nd WAMI and was later promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel commanding all W.A. Mounted Infantry in South Africa. Later joined the South African Constabulary and retired with the honorary rank of Colonel at the end of the war. He received the C.B., an MID and 1 war medal.

Captain Robert Thomas McMasters (13/8/95-20/12/99) (PERTH INFANTRY)

Served as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1895 and as Lieutenant from 1895-1899. Deployed to the 2nd Boer War with the 2nd WAMI rising to the rank of Captain. Reenlisted into the military in 1914, joining the 10th Light Horse Regiment and deploying to the Great War as part of the AIF. Killed in Action in the battle of the Nek 7/8/15. Received 4 war medals.

Captain Samuel Harris (14/12/95-20/12/99) (PERTH INFANTRY)

Served as a 2nd Lieutenant from 1895-1896 and as a Lieutenant from 1896-1899. Went on to serve with the 1st WAMI in South Africa, being promoted to Captain. Awarded an MID and 1 war medal.

Lieutenant Stanley Inglis (17/8/98-20/12/99) (FREMANTLE INFANTRY)

Served with the 2nd WAMI in the 2nd Boer war and was awarded 1 service medal. Initially served in the unit as a 2nd Lieutenant until 12/5/99.

Lieutenant John De Castilla (17/3/99-1/2/02) (PERTH ARTILLERY)

Served as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1899. Served as a Lieutenant from 1899-1900. Served in the 2nd Boer War as a Lieutenant in the 2nd WAMI. Served as a Captain from 1901-1902. He was awarded the DSO, MID and 2 war medals.

Captain Spencer Allwyne Oliver

Served as a Lieutenant and later Captain in the 2nd WAMI. He then transferred to the South African Constabulary. He received the DSO, an MID and 1 War Medal.

Lieutenant Louis Dudley Hall Potter

Had previously served as an enlisted in the WADF rising to the rank of Sergeant. Served as a Lieutenant in the 2nd WAMI. Wounded at Johannesburg. He received 1 War Medal.

Lieutenant Archibald H. Barclay

Served as a sergeant in the 2nd WAMI until May 1900 when he was promoted to Lieutenant. He stayed in South Africa even after the 2nd WAMI left. He received 1 War Medal.

Lieutenant Jarlath Stephen Duffy

Served as a sergeant in the 2nd WAMI until being promoted to Lieutenant. He stayed in South Africa until the end of the war. Re-joined the military in 1909 as a Lieutenant in the Australian Intelligence Corps. In 1911 he was promoted to Captain. In 1914 he retired but the next year was called back to be a Captain in the 6th Infantry Brigade Train AIF. He saw service in the Great War from 1915-1916 before returning back to Australia. He then retired for a final time in 1919 with the rank of Major. He received the Order of Saint Stanislau (Russia), an MID (Twice) and 4 War Medals.

Captain John Mitchell Young Stewart (MEDICAL DEPARTMENT)

Served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Guildford Infantry from 1894-1899. Became a Captain in the Medical Staff in 1899 and was made chief medical officer of Guildford soon after. He served with the 2nd WAMI as the medical Captain in South Africa. He stayed in South Africa even after the 2nd WAMI left. Upon returning home In 1901 he was promoted to Major and 2 years later retired.

He returned in 1914 with the rank of Major and was given command of the 2nd Australian General Hospital AIF for service in the Great War. In 1917 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and was given command of the 15th Field Ambulance AIF which he commanded until the end of the war. He retired in 1920 with the honorary rank of Colonel. He was awarded the C.B.E., DSO, an MID, 4 War Medals and 1 Long Service Medal.

3rd WAMI

Lieutenant Colonel Harry George Vialls

Previously served in the West Yorkshire Regiment from 1877-1887 rising to the rank of Captain. Served in the Afghan War in 1880. He was assigned as the Major to command the 3rd WAMI in South Africa and was soon promoted to Lieutenant Colonel to take command of the entire 3rd Australian Bushmen Regiment which he led from 1900-1901. He then joined the South African Constabulary which he served with from 1901-1902. He also commanded the 5th QIB in 1902. He received the CB, an MID and 3 war medals.

Captain A.F. Thunder

Served with the 3rd WAMI rising to the rank of Captain. Later saw service with the 6th WAMI. One of the few West Australians to take part in the Eland’s River Siege. He received 2 War Medals.

Lieutenant Craven Henry Ord

Served with the 3rd WAMI with the rank of Lieutenant. Later saw service with the South African Constabulary. He was awarded an MID and 2 War Medals. After the war he was given the honorary rank of Major.

Lieutenant Rupert R.C. Vernon

Previously served with the Royal Indian Marines. He had a brother, Captain Vernon who was killed early on in the 2nd Boer War at Mafeking. He served with the 3rd WAMI only for a few months before transferring to The Royal Fusiliers, which he served with until 1901. He received the DSO, MID and 1 War Medal.

Lieutenant Reginald Percy Gledhill

Previously served as an officer in the Victorian Colonial Defence Force. He served with the 3rd WAMI for a few months before joining the Lancashire Fusiliers which he served with until 1902. He received 2 War Medals.

Lieutenant Stephen James Chipper

Previously served as an enlisted in the Perth Infantry from 1881-1894 and as an enlisted in the Perth Mounted Rifles in 1894. Previously served as a Lieutenant in the Perth Mounted Rifles from 1894-1897. He joined the 3rd WAMI as the Company Sergeant Major but by 1901 was promoted to Lieutenant and Quartermaster. In 1903 he re-joined the army as a Lieutenant in the 18th Light Horse Regiment until 1904 when he retired. He received 1 Long Service Medal and 1 War Medal.

Captain Frederick John Ingoldby (MEDICAL DEPARTMENT)

Served as the Surgeon-Captain of the Permanent Force Artillery from 1893-1900. Served in the 2nd Boer War with the 3rd WAMI as a medical officer rising to the rank of Major. He was wounded at the Battle of Koster River. He was awarded a MID and 1 war medal.

4th WAMI

Major James Rose (PERTH INFANTRY)

Served in as an enlisted in the unit from 1882-1885 rising to the rank of Sergeant. Served as a Lieutenant in the unit from 1885-1890. He retired in 1890. He returned in 1893 and served as a Lieutenant until 1895 when he was promoted to Captain. He was appointed the instructor of musketry in 1898. Promoted to Major and given command of the 4th WAMI in the 2nd Boer War. He retired upon return from the war. He served with the 88th Infantry Regiment for a short period in 1915 before retiring again. He received 1 War Medal and 1 Long Service Medal.

Captain Charles Albert C Newland

Joined the 4th WAMI as a Lieutenant but was soon promoted to Captain. He retired upon return home. He received 1 War Medal

Lieutenant Charles Albert Barnes (9/5/00-15/3/01) (GUILDFORD INFANTRY)

Previously served as an enlisted in the Guildford Infantry from 1897-1899 rising to the rank of Sergeant. Served with the 4th WAMI in the 2nd Boer War with the rank of Lieutenant. Retired in 1902. Returned in 1904 as a Captain in the 11th Infantry Regiment. Retired again in 1907. Returned again in 1909 as the Orderly Officer for the Western Australian Brigade. In 1914 he joined the 88th Infantry Regiment and shortly after joined the 11th Battalion AIF for service in the Great War. He was killed in action at Gallipoli on the 28th April 1915.

 During the 2nd Boer War he was one of the very few West Australians that saw action at Eland’s River. He received 4 War Medals.

Captain Eustace Vernon (22/1/00-15/3/00) (PERTH ARTILLERY)

Served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Perth Artillery in 1900. Joined the 4th WAMI as a Lieutenant for service in the 2nd Boer War. He was then promoted to Captain and attached to the 6th WAMI in 1902. In 1903 he became a 2nd Lieutenant in the Australian Field Artillery but by 1905 had retired. He received 2 War Medals.

Lieutenant Frederick Gustavus Hume

He served with the 4th WAMI as a Lieutenant. He received 1 War Medal.

Captain Edward Ralph Williams

He served with the 4th WAMI as a Lieutenant and later as Captain. He stayed in South Africa even after the 4th WAMI had left. He received 2 War Medals.

Captain Walter Gibson (6/12/99-15/3/00) (MEDICAL DEPARTMENT)

Served in the Medical Department as a Captain from 1899-1900. Served in the 2nd Boer War as a medical officer (Captain) with the 4th WAMI. He received 1 war medal.

Lieutenant Harry Norman Venn

He served with the 4th WAMI initially as a Quartermaster Sergeant but was promoted to Lieutenant. He stayed in South Africa even after the 4th WAMI left. He received 2 War Medals.

5th WAMI

Captain Joseph Ignatius Flynn (1/9/00-11/12/00) (MEDICAL DEPARTMENT)

Served in the Medical Department as a Lieutenant in 1900. Served in the 2nd Boer War with the 5th WAMI as a medical officer with the rank of Captain. He received 1 war medal.

Captain Harold M Downes (17/7/00-11/12/00) (GOLDFIELDS INFANTRY)

Served in the Goldfields Infantry in 1900 as a Captain. Served with the 5th WAMI initially as Lieutenant but later as Captain. He received 1 War Medal.

Lieutenant John Stewart Scott (21/5/00-11/12/00) (PERTH INFANTRY)
Served as an enlisted in the Perth Infantry in 1900. Served as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1900, and later as a Lieutenant in 1900. Served in the 2nd Boer War with the 5th WAMI as a Lieutenant. He was awarded 1 war medal.

A. Davies (22/5/00-11/12/00) (WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MOUNTED INFANTRY)

Previous service in the 3rd Staffordshire Rifle Volunteers from 1887-1889. Served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Pinjarra Mounted Infantry Section in 1900. Served with the 5th WAMI as a Lieutenant. Later served with the 18th Light Horse Regiment from 1903-1908. He received 1 War Medal.

John Learmonth Ochiltree (17/7/00-11/12/00) (GOLDFIELDS INFANTRY)

Previous service in the Goldfields Infantry in 1900 as a 2nd Lieutenant. Served with the 5th WAMI as a Lieutenant. He received a MID on the 23rd June 1902 for leadership. He received an MID and 1 War Medal.

Cottingham J Griffith (10/11/00-11/12/00) (GOLDFIELDS INFANTRY)

Previous service in the Goldfields Infantry in 1900 as a 2nd Lieutenant. Served with the 5th WAMI as a Lieutenant. He received 1 War Medal.

James Farquharson Messer

Joined the 1st WAMI as a private in Oct 1899 and in Oct 1900 was promoted to Lance Corporal. He was dangerously wounded in the Battle Of Diamond Hill in Jul 1900. Served with the 5th WAMI as a Lieutenant. He received 2 War Medals.

Norman Sherard

Joined the 1st WAMI as a private. He was invalided in Sep 1900. Served with the 5th WAMI as a Lieutenant. He received 2 War Medals.

Harold Dundee Forbes

Served with the 5th WAMI as a Lieutenant. He received 1 War Medal.

Anthony Alexander Forrest

Joined the 5th WAMI as a Lieutenant. He was killed in action at Carolina on the 15th May 1901, age 16. He was awarded and MID and 1 War Medal.

Claude William Williams

Joined the 2nd WAMI as a private. Served with the 5th WAMI as a Lieutenant. He received 2 War Medals.

G S Clifford

Served with the 5th WAMI as a Lieutenant. He received 1 War Medal. *Joined the contingent late.

J T Morris

Served with the 5th WAMI as a Lieutenant. *Joined the contingent late.

Edward Mallin Collick

Served with the 5th WAMI as a Chaplain (4th Class) with the rank of Captain. He joined the AIF in 1915 as a Chaplain (4th Class) where he saw service in the Great War until 1918. From 1921-1926 he served as a Chaplain (3rd Class) for the 5th Military District (WA). He received 4 War Medals.

6th WAMI

Edward Ralph Williams

Served with the 4th WAMI as a Lieutenant. Served with the 6th WAMI as a Captain. He received 2 War Medals.

Francis Bentley Reid (1/9/00-8/3/01) (MEDICAL DEPARTMENT)

Previous service with the Medical Department from 1900-1901 with the rank of Lieutenant. Served with the 6th WAMI as a Captain. He received 1 War Medal.

William Henry Young (1/7/00-8/3/01) (METROPOLITAN CIVIL SERVICE BATTALION)

Previous service with the Metropolitan Civil Service Battalion from 1900-1901 with the rank of Lieutenant. Served with the 6th WAMI as a Lieutenant. He was wounded at Blaadplaat on the 16th August 1901. He received 1 War Medal.

John Frederick Hawkins (1/7/00-1/5/01) (METROPOLITAN CIVIL SERVICE BATTALION)

Previous service with the Metropolitan Civil Service Battalion from 1900-1901 with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Served with the 6th WAMI as a Lieutenant. He later served with the 11th Regiment from 1903 to 1912. He received 1 War Medal.

Bernard Eversett Bardwell (31/8/00-8/3/01) (FREMANTLE INFANTRY)

Previous service with the Fremantle Infantry from 1900-1901 with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Served with the 6th WAMI as a Lieutenant. He later served with the 11th Battalion AIF from 1915-1916 as a 2nd Lieutenant, 48th Battalion AIF in 1916, 51st Battalion AIF from 1916-1917 with the rank of Captain. He was wounded 3 times in the Great War. He received 4 War Medals.

Albert Edward Maley

Previous service with the 1st WAMI as a Private in Oct 1899, promoted to Lance Corporal in Mar 1900. He served with the 6th WAMI as a Lieutenant. He received 2 War Medals.

Frederick William Bell

Previous service with the 1st WAMI as a Private where he was dangerously wounded at Palmietfontein in Jul 1900. Served with the 6th WAMI as a Lieutenant and received the Victoria Cross. He later joined the British Army in 1907 and saw action in Somaliland from 1908-1910. He then saw service in the Great War with the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, rising to the rank of Captain. He was given the acting rank of Lieutenant Colonel at the end of the war. He received the VC, 2 MIDs, 6 War Medals and 3 Ceremonial Medals.

Stanley Spencer Reid

Previous service with the 2nd WAMI as a Private. Served with the 6th WAMI as a Lieutenant. Killed in action at Renshoogte on the 23rd June 1901, age 28. He received 1 War Medal (With 7 Clasps!!!!!)

Reginald Clifton

Served with the 6th WAMI as a Lieutenant. He received 1 War Medal.

Harold Barry McCormack

Joined the 6th WAMI as a sergeant but was commissioned on deployment as a Lieutenant. He later served in the Great War with the East Lancashire Regiment (British Army). He received 2 MIDs, 4 War Medals and 1 foreign medal (Order of Saint Stanislau, Russia).

George Augustus Moris

Served with the 1st WAMI as a Private. Served with the 6th WAMI as a Lieutenant. Killed In Action on the 3rd February 1902, age 24. He was awarded 1 War Medal (With 7 Clasps!!!!!!!!!)

Richard Evelyn Wright (?-1901) (ALBANY VOLUNTEER GARRISON ARTILLERY)

Previous service as an enlisted in the Albany Volunteer Garrison Artillery, rising to the rank of Bombardier. Served with the 6th WAMI as a Lieutenant. He received 1 War Medal.

Claude Edward Woodrow (?-1901) (WESTERN AUSTRALIAN MOUNTED INFANTRY)

Previous service as an enlisted in the South West District Mounted Rifles, Western Australian Mounted Infantry. Served with the 6th WAMI as a Lieutenant. He received 1 War Medal.

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