Frederick Joseph TOTHILL

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TOTHILL, Frederick Joseph

Service Number: 163
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 4th Imperial Bushmen
Born: Koolunga, South Australia, 21 July 1881
Home Town: Gawler, Gawler, South Australia
Schooling: Roseworthy Agricultural College
Occupation: Agriculturalist
Died: Died of Wounds, Vredefort, South Africa, 25 July 1900, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Vredefort Cemetery (South Africa)
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide Boer War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Gawler Boys Who Fell in the Boer War Memorial Plaque, North Adelaide St Peter's Cathedral Boer War Honour Roll
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Trooper, SN 163, 4th Imperial Bushmen
25 Jul 1900: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Trooper, SN 163, 4th Imperial Bushmen

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Frederick Henry and Jessie Melva TOTHILL

"THE LATE TROOPER TOTHILL. GAWLER, August 2.

- A general feeling of sadness prevails at the news of the death of Trooper F. J. Tothill, consequent on an encounter with the enemy near Bethlehem, in South Africa. He was the only son of Mr. F. H. Tothill, the Manager of the Gawler Branch of the National Bank. The young man only completed his three years' course at the Roseworthy Agricultural College a week or two before he enlisted. He was of steady habits and genial disposition, and was regarded with much promise. His demise is a great blow to his parents, for whom the deepest sympathy is felt. The deceased young man was one of a number connected with this district who were farewelled at a social in the Institute Hall prior to their departure. Several flags are flying half-mast in the town." - from the Adelaide Observer 11 Aug 1900 (nla.gov.au)

"Original Poetry. IN MEMORIAM — TROOPERS TOTHILL AND NICHOLAS.

They sleep in beauty side by side, On Africa's rolling veldt,

The men whom Gawler sent, to fight For honor, Queen, and right.

We thought not when we said good-bye, Nor when we wished God-speed,

That ere six months had passed away, Two of our best would lie,

Victims of the bullets hate, Asleep till Judgment Day.

We shall not see them home return, But God knows what is best;

He gave the life which now has gone, To live with Him again.

The best and bravest often thus, Are taken from our side,

To join the victorious army, Marshalling now on Zion's walls.

O, God of love, have pity on, The mourners left behind,

And by Thy love omnipotent, Give grace the cross to bear,

And when our time has come to join, Our loved now crossed the bar,

At duty's post may we be found, To answer "Lord ! I'm here." — H.J.C." - from the Gawler Bunyip 24 Aug 1900 (nla.gov.au)

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