John Macquarie ANTILL CMG

ANTILL, John Macquarie

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 17 October 1914
Last Rank: Brigadier General
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Brigade Headquarters
Born: Picton, New South Wales, 26 January 1866
Home Town: Picton, Wollondilly, New South Wales
Schooling: Sydney Grammar School
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Prince Henry Hospital, 1 March 1937, aged 71 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Picton Anglican Cemetery
Memorials: Picton and District Roll of Honor, Sydney Grammar School WW1 Honour Board, The Rocks Boer War Memorial, Wollondilly Boer War Honour Board
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Major, 2nd New South Wales Mounted Rifles
1 Oct 1899: Involvement Captain, A Squadron, New South Wales Mounted Infantry

World War 1 Service

17 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, 3rd Light Horse Brigade HQ, ANZAC / Gallipoli
17 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, Officer, 3rd Light Horse Brigade HQ
25 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, A16 Star of Victoria
8 Oct 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Colonel, 3rd Light Horse Brigade HQ
20 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Brigadier General, 3rd Light Horse Brigade HQ
16 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Brigadier General, 2nd Infantry Brigade Headquarters
Date unknown: Honoured Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of John Macquarie and Jessie Hassall ANTILL

Death of Major-General J. M. Antill
The late Major-General J. M. Antill, C.B., C.M.G., was born at Jarvisfield, Picton, on January 26, 1 866 finished his education at the Sydney Grammar School, and then joined the Public Service. Joined  the Reserves in 1886, and was a private in the Mounted Rifles in 1888. He was the first officer sent to India by Major General Hutton in 1893, and on his return to Australia in 1894 was placed on the  permanent staff. General Antill was the first officer to leave Australia for the South African War. He was in charge of the 1 st Contingent. He was awarded his C.B. and C.M.G. in Africa, and was (and is)  the only recipient of the Order of the Bath who was decorated as such under the rank of Field Officer, being at the time a captain. In the Great War he was in charge and in command of the final phases of the evacuation of Gallipoli and the last soldier to leave Anzac. He afterwards commanded in Egypt — as he did in Gallipoli — the 3rd A.L.H. Brigade, 8th, 9th, and 10th Regiments A.L.H. , and in  Belgium and France the 2nd, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Battalions, A.I.F. Brigades. On account of ill-health he was retired from active service in France, and after his return to Australia was appointed Commandant of the South Australian Forces, and remained there until he reached the retiring age. General Antill was the only soldier who could claim that he or an ancestor had fought for the Sovereign of the British Empire in every continent in the world. He was one of six officers who received a particular medal in South Africa, the others being Generals French, Allenby, Haig, Roberts, and  Kitchener, all now deceased. No permanent officer in Australia ever held a commission as long as General Antill. He was a born soldier.