David Cumming MCLEOD

MCLEOD, David Cumming

Service Number: 91
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry
Born: Townsville, Queensland, Australia , date not yet discovered
Home Town: Toowong, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Herberton School, Sydney Grammar School
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Killed in Action, Sunnyside, South Africa, Sunnyside, Kimberley Area, Cape Colony, South Africa, 1 January 1900, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Anzac Square Boer War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Toowoomba Boer War, Toowoomba War Memorial (Mothers' Memorial)
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Private, 91, 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry
1 Oct 1899: Involvement Private, 91, 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Private David C. McLeod was a single man, 24 years of age, and his home was at Lexington Villa, Marten road, Woolloongabba. He was born at Townsville, in 1875, and was  the youngest son of the late Mr. J. A. J. McLeod, formerly a station-holder. One of his brothers is audit inspector in Brisbane, and the family is well known in this city. The deceased was educated at the Sydney Grammar School. On leaving school he went on a station for a time, but desiring a military career, he studied for the army and joined the Permanent Artillery division of the Queensland Defence Force, where he remained as a gunner for three years, and was discharged fully qualified and with a good character. He served under Lieutenant-Colonel Byron and Major Tunbridge.  Afterwards he went in for three months' training at Melbourne.  He was also under Major Kellie, of the Queensland Survey Department, for a few months.  Deceased was a very smart, intelligent, and efficient man, and very popular amongst his comrades.  He was a great favourite amongst his brothers and sisters, and the family are deeply grief-stricken at the news of his death.  Private McLeod was one of the first to join the contingent.

LONDON, March 18.
The correspondent of the "V Daily Mail" states that the rebels in Griqnaland West have re-opened the grave of Private D. C. McLeod, of the B Company of Queensland Rifles, who was killed at Sunnyside. Their object was to obtain loot. On opening an adjoining grave they found the bodies six Boers, and hurriedly-closed the grave again.