Michael Laurence (Mick) BASTICK

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BASTICK, Michael Laurence

Service Number: 1307
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 2nd New South Wales Mounted Rifles
Born: Orange, New South Wales, Australia, 27 June 1879
Home Town: Orange, Orange Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Enteric Fever, Elandsfontein, South Africa, Elandsfontein, Western Cape Province, South Africa, 5 December 1901, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Germiston (Primrose) Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Orange Boer War Memorial, Orange Cenotaph, Orange Post WW2 Honour Board, Sydney St. James Anglican Church Memorial Window
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Boer War Service

1 Feb 1901: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Private, SN 1307
5 Dec 1901: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Trooper, SN 1307, 2nd New South Wales Mounted Rifles

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Michael listed his occupation as labourer at the time of his enlistment. From local records, this was known to be at Dalton’s Flour Mill.
Michael was eager to enlist from the time war had been declared, however records indicate his mother was strongly opposed to his enlistment. Eventually when he did enlist, it was
with the 5th Contingent and was allocated to the 2nd New South Wales Mounted Rifles. The Regiment embarked from Sydney on the 17th March 1901.
Michael died at the age of 22 years, the cause of death is recorded as being enteric fever at Elandsfontein, Johannesburg 5.12.1901. He was buried at the Primrose Memorial Garden at Germiston. Michael is named on monument 6 in Primrose Cemetery Germiston Transvaal South Africa and on the Boer War memorial in Orange NSW.

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