Athelstan Macleay MCMAUGH

MCMAUGH, Athelstan Macleay

Service Number: 3069
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: A Battery, Royal Australian Artillery
Born: Macleay River, New South Wales, 27 November 1879
Home Town: Mosman, Municipality of Mosman, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Suicide (gunshot), Rydalmere, New South Wales, 8 December 1938, aged 59 years
Cemetery: Northern Suburbs Memorial Gardens and Crematorium, NSW
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Gunner, SN 3069, A Battery, Royal Australian Artillery

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"Mr. Athelstan McMaugh.

Mr. Athelstan Macleay McMaugh, 59, son of the late Hugh and Mrs. McMaugh, of the Macleay River, passed away in hospital at Parramatta, on December 8, the funeral taking place to the Northern Suburbs Crematorium where a service was held in the presence of numerous relatives and friends . Deceased was the first man picked to go to the Transvaal in A Battery draft during the South African War, and sailed by the "Maplemore." When returned he gave an interesting account of his first experience in having to witness the death of three traitors, who were shot for atttemping to blow up a train containing troops. During the Great War he was Staff-Sergt.-Major, Area 18 North Sydney. Later he obtained the position of an inspector of tramways, but the first day he went on duty he collapsed, and had been a constant sufferer up to the time of his death. His wife predeceased him eighteen months ago, but he leaves six brothers and four sisters, who mourn his loss." - from the Macleay Chronicle 21 Dec 1938 (nla.gov.au)

"BOER WAR VETERAN'S END

A verdict of suicide was returned at Parramatta by the Coroner to-day on a Boer War veteran, Athelstan Macleay McMaugh, 59, who was found shot in a paddock at Rydalmere on December 8. Evidence was given that McMaugh's nervous system had broken down, and that he looked on the dismal side of everything. Two letters, one addressed to his brother and the other to the police, which were found in his pocket, were produced in court but the Coroner (Mr. G. R. Williams) forbade publication of the contents." - from the Sydney Sun 20 Dec 1938 (nla.gov.au)

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