With all the interest in Military Memorials in Australia and New Zealand this week, it was time to visit one of the memorials which are of specific interest to my family.
The memorial for the 10th Light Horse, a cavalry regiment raised in Western Australia which fought in WW1.
The interest is in the name on the plaque.
Lt Col Todd was the Brother-in-Law of one of my Gt Gt Aunts. He had quite a distinguished career. His family had moved from New Zealand to Perth during the 1890’s, as builders, not as goldminers and this accounts for his eventual migration.
Thomas John Todd, born in New Zealand 2nd March 1873.
Served with the NZ Territorial Militia prior to the Boer War. Enlisted as Lt. 2nd contingent NZ Mounted Rifles serving in South Africa and being awarded the DSO in that conflict. On return to NZ he tried to enroll a unit of scouts for service in South Africa during mid 1901 before re enlisting as Captain and Adjutant of the NZ Mounted Infantry with the 8th Contingent on 28/1/1902. He was awarded two Queens Medals, One Kings Medal and four service clasps for his service in the Boer War.(Diamond Hill, Johannesburg, Orange Free State and Cape Colony)
As an accountant in Perth WA his service record shows he was appointed as Captain, A Squadron 10th LH Reg, 3rd LH Brigade on 2/10/1914 and embarked for service overseas on 8/2/1915.
He served at Gallipoli from 16/5/1915 til the 9/8/1915 when he was evacuated to the UK due to illness.He was promoted to Major in July 1915 and to Lt Colonel on the 4/12/1915 returning to duty on Gallipoli on 5/12/1915 where he served til the 26/12/1915 .
Commanded the 10th Lh in Egypt and Palestine , wounded in action 19/4/1917 Gun Shot Wound Right Eye at Assiferiyeh. Resumed command of the 10th LH on 14/7/1917.
Died of Heart Failure 21/1/1919 buried Cairo Military Cemetary. Awarded a bar to his DSO 1/1/1918. Mentioned in Dispatches four times, Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George January 1919.
As with so many people who were born elsewhere, Col Tom became a Bit of Perth.