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Michael Joseph COMMINS (1873-1900)

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Trooper Michael J Commins

Michael Joseph COMMINS,1 son of John COMMINS (1840-1933) and Mary REDDEN (1850-1911), was born in 1873 in Michelago, NSW.1,2 Before 1898 he was a farmer .3

between 1899 and 1900 when aged 25-27 he served in the Boer War in South Africa in Bloemfontein, Orange Free State in South Africa. He was in the Colonial Military Forces. His unit was the First Australian Horse. He was a Trooper (Tpr), regimental number 391. He was still in service when he died.4,5

he died (aged 27) on 27 June 1900 at the hospital in Maitland, near Capetown. The cause was enteric. The Australian Military History of the Early 20th Century 'Desert Column' site says "The dreadful suffering of the soldiers in inadequate and overcrowded hospitals was brought to the attention of the British public by Mr Burdett-Coutts, who was instrumental in having a royal commission appointed to report on the care of sick and wounded in South Africa. In May 1900 he had visited Maitland Hospital near Cape Town where he found twenty-six year old Michael Cummins of the Australian Horse. This soldier had fallen victim to enteric at Bloemfontein and was sent down to Wynberg and then on to Maitland. Here Burdett-Coutts found him in the care of an army sergeant, 'not a trained sergeant of the R.A.M.C., but an untrained man, himself recovering from enteric'. Cummins was a young farmer from Michelago who had come to South Africa with his regiment's first contingent. This unfortunate soldier died on 27 June. His suffering was too typical of that endured by many soldiers in South Africa.".1,6,7

 

COMMINS and CUMMINS are different spellings of the family name.

Citations

1{S0125}, Internet (WCP) COWDERY, Edwina : re COMMINS, Michael (0278) and CONROY, Mary (0279) and Descendants (The site has been removed from Rootsweb's World Connect Project). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
2{S0218}, Internet (Oz-Boer Data base Project) : COMMINS, Michael Joseph (0313) (http://members.pcug.org.au/~croe/ozb/oz_boer_more.cgi?record=3943). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009.
Text From Source: 222 COMMINS MJ born 1873 Michelago NSW
3{S0582}, Internet (Australian Military History of the early 20th Century - Desert Column) (http://alh-research.tripod.com/Light_Horse/index.blog/1877184/1st-australian-light-horse-b...). Cit. Date: 30 April 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
4{S0182}, War Records : Roll of Honour : Boer War : COMMINS, Michael (0313) (Australian War Memorial). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "Date of Death : 27/06/1900; Place of Death : Bloemfontein and Cause of Death : Died; Memorial Panel : 2 [Source : AWM142 Roll of Honour Cards. War in South Africa. 1899-1902]. (He is listed in the Oz-Boer Database Project under his regimental number 391)"
5{S0218}, Internet (Oz-Boer Data base Project) : COMMINS, Michael Joseph (0313) (http://members.pcug.org.au/~croe/ozb/oz_boer_more.cgi?record=3943). http://members.pcug.org.au/~croe/ozb/oz_boer_more.cgi?record=3943. Cit. Date: 30 April 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
6{S0582}, Internet (Australian Military History of the early 20th Century - Desert Column) (http://alh-research.tripod.com/Light_Horse/index.blog/1877184/1st-australian-light-horse-b...). Cit. Date: 30 April 2012. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Text From Source: "where he found twenty-six year old Michael Cummins of the Australian Horse" (NB Name shown as CUMMINS not COMMINS)
7{S0182}, War Records : Roll of Honour : Boer War : COMMINS, Michael (0313) (Australian War Memorial). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.

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