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Surname ANTILL
Given Name(s) or Initial(s) Edward Augustus
Regimental Number
Unit Name A Bty. Royal Australian Artillery
Extracts and Comments
(from Sources as shown)

Murray: Acting Captain & Major (local) 20.6.1901 Queen's South Africa medal and 3 clasps.
Cubis: "Bull" photo.
Hardg&Mac: photo.
West Australian: convalescent resumed duty 7.1901.
URL1: War Memorial The Oaks NSW.
URL2: local Major while commanding 'A' Bty. from 20.6.1901.
URL3: Major EA ANTILL RAA died from Bright's disease at Point Franklin Fort, near Queenscliff (Vic.), on Saturday morning [18.3.1905]. Deceased, who was 38 years of age, had been a member of the New South Wales military forces for a number of years, and served with A Battery in South Africa. He was transferred to Victoria 12 months ago, and received command of No. 5 Company of the RAA. The late Major ANTILL came of a well known Picton family, and was born in 1867. He joined the Permanent Artillery forces here in 1891. When the "A" Battery left Sydney for the Boer war on 30.12.1899 he held the rank of lieutenant, and was second in command to Colonel SMITH. He Served in Cape Colony, the Orange Free State, and the Transvaal, and received the Queen's medal with "three" clasps. Soon after returning to New South Wales, in 1901, he was sent to Queensland on military duty, and, after another short term of service here, was transferred to Victoria. He obtained the rank of captain in 1903, and in the same year that of brevet major also. For about two years past he had been stationed with the garrison at Queenscliff. The deceased officer was a brother of Lieutenant Colonel JM ANTILL (Armidale) of the Australian Light Horse, and brother-in-law to Colonel LASSETTER.
URL5: The officers of the New South Wales Artillery transferred to other States are - Captain EA ANTILL, who is leaving in September [1902], to B Battery (field) Brisbane.
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 49 51 52 53
Wallace1: The Australians at the Boer War page(s) 356
Cubis: History of 'A' Battery NSW Artillery page(s) 81 89 98 106
Horner: The Gunners, A History of Australian Artillery page(s) 41
Hardg&Mac: War in S. Africa and the Dark Continent from Savagery to Civilisation page(s) 594
West Australian: West Australian newspaper date(s) 23.7.1901
Syd. Herald : Sydney Morning Herald newspaper date(s) 16.8.1901
Armidale Chron.: The Armidale Chronicle newspaper date(s) 22.3.1905
Sydney Mail: Sydney Mail newspaper date(s) 16.8.1902
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