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Surname BORLASE
Given Name(s) or Initial(s) Thomas Harvey
Regimental Number 81
RankTrooper
Unit Name New South Wales Citizens' Bushmen
StateNSW
Extracts and Comments
(from Sources as shown)

Murray: 'A'Sqn., Mentioned in Despatches London Gazette 26.6.1901 Distinguished Conduct Medal, invalided to Australia arrived 18.5.1901.
B5204: miner born 1868 Cresswell Vic., BOLACE T Queen's South Africa Medal (SA01).
Sydney Mail: 'A'Sqn. photos.
Source:# 897 BORLASE Thomas Harvey born 1868 in Creswick Vic., stayed in NSW and in WW1 joined 7LH AIF on 13.10.1914, promoted Sergeant 20.10.1914. In May 1915 he was buried under debris on Gallipoli and hospitalised (shell shock, fractured jaw, heart problems and hernia) before being discharged medically unfit on 15.5.1916. Thomas died at Newcastle NSW in 1920, brother of Sampson/Samuel ALH (aka HARVEY Sydney in WW1).
URL1: WW1 AIF 171 7LH, a miner aged 43 born in Creswick Vic. next of kin wife in Greta NSW, 2 years previous service in South Africa, Sergeant 13.10.1914-20.12.1915 then returned 'Runic' with shell concussion and fractured jaw, pension from 16.5.1916 c/- PO Teralba NSW.
URL2: WW1 AIF 171 Sgt. 7LH returned to Aust. 7.11.1915.
URL4: Aust. Boer War Memorial database record.
URL6: Vic.
URL7: At the West Maitland Police Court, on Monday [11.1.1904], Thos. BORLASE, 32, miner, was fined 10, in default three months imprisonment, for having at Corrimal, near Wollongong, on March 7th last, stolen one watch, the property of James LAWTON, of Corrimal. BORLASE served with the New South Wales Bushmen in South Africa, and received a distinguished conduct medal and the South African medal with four clasps.
URL8: Lieutenant Colonels CF COX and Vandeleur KELLY, of the New South Wales forces, have been created Companions of the Bath as a reward for distinguished service in South Africa; and Sergeant William F HUNT and Trooper BORLESE, of the New South Wales Bushmen, have received distinguished conduct medals for gallantry in action in South Africa.
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 76
B5204: National Archives of Australia series B5204
Sydney Mail: Sydney Mail newspaper date(s) 3.3.1900
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 897
B2455: National Archives of Australia series B2455
Bne. Courier: Brisbane Courier newspaper date(s) 27.6.1902
Town&Country: Aust. Town and Country journal date(s) 17.2.1900
Syd. Herald : Sydney Morning Herald newspaper date(s) 16.9.1902
SCTWA: South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus newspaper date(s) 16.1.1904
Rob. Advoc.: Robertson Advocate (NSW) newspaper date(s) 1.7.1902
External Link URL1naa12.naa.gov.au/scripts/imagine.asp?B=3099376&I=1&SE=1
External Link URL2www.awm.gov.au/nominalrolls/ww1/page.asp?Folder=5&Page=25&Surname=borlase
External Link URL3aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=27292
External Link URL4bwm.org.au/site/Thomas_Borlase.php
External Link URL5nla.gov.au/nla.news-article19173205
External Link URL6nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71376441
External Link URL7nla.gov.au/nla.news-article142853352
External Link URL8nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113389173


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Apology: For some time now it has been difficult to keep up with the newly available sources (especially the Trove newspaper site) plus the flow of contributions and queries. So I have been forced to prioritise maintenance and data entry over replying to correspondence. Nevertheless, your contributions are being added to the database and acknowledged on the contributions page and, although my replies are many months behind, I will attempt to get to them more often.
 
Colin Roe
Canberra

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