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Colonial Auxilliary Medal


Warrant Officer II. Samuel NORTHRIDGE.

Born: 1861. Milleennagun, Ireland.

Married: June 27th 1885. Lambton, New South Wales, Australia. Marriage Cert:6743/1885.

Wife: Jane Francis Northridge. nee: Brown. (1864-1933)

Died: 1943. Burwood, New South Wales, Australia. Death Cert:8285/1943.

Father: Nathaniel Northridge. (1817-

Mother: Catherine Northridge. nee: Bateman. (1817-


Samuel enlisted with the Volunteer Militia in 1896 in Sydney 11 years after arriving in Australia on the 5th November 1884 onboard the "Orient" Samuel received The Colonial Auxillary Forces Medal on the 30th November 1916 for 20 years service and was the first man serving with the 33rd Infantry Battalion the receive this award.

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette. No: 176. 30th of November 1916. Page 3254.

N.S.W. Irish Rifles

He was serving 33rd New South Wales Volunteer Infantry Regiment (Irish Rifles), possibly with the Stanmore Company, N.S.W. with the rank of Warrant Officer II. He would have been a member of the AIF Recruitment Staff helping to raise and train men to serve during World War 1 with the 33rd Battalion AIF.

33rd Battalion marching through Armidale 1916

The 33rd Battalion was formed in January 1916 at a camp established at the Armidale Showground in New South Wales. The bulk of the battalion's recruits were drawn from the New England region and thus dubbed "New England's Own". The battalion's first, and only commanding officer was Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Morshead, who became famous as the commanding officer of the 9th Australian Division during the Second World War.

The composition of the 33rd Infantry Battalion was on a district basis. "A Company" was from Armidale and Tamworth, "B Company" was from Walcha, Uralla, Barrabra, Bingara and Manilla. "C Company" was from Narrabri, Moree and Inverell. and "D Company was from Glen Innes, Guyra and Tenterfield.


Samuel Northridge. (NSW Irish Rifles)

The Colonial Auxillary Forces Medal was instituted by Queen Victoria for service in the colonies. The medal was issue to volunteer forces and only 1199 medals were issued to Australians. The issue of this medal ceased during the reign of King George the 5th. Samuel received this award on the 30th November 1916 for 20 years service. There is no record of Boer War or World War 1 service.

Colonial Auxillary Long Service and Good Conduct Medal was acquired from Bill Woolmore of the Collectors Club in Victoria, Australia in October 2009 and is now in the collection. This medal was part of a private collection in Tasmania.


Sergeant: 5 Harry WOODHAMS. 19th Infantry Battalion. 6th April 1922.

Warrant Officer I: 1 Charles Edward FIELDHOUSE. 33rd Infantry Battalion. 7th September 1922

Sergeant: 3 Edward John LOCKYER. 33rd Infantry Battalion. 7th September 1922

Family Information

Samuel Northridge died in 1943 at Burwood, N.S.W. Death Cert:8285/1943. Violet Northridge born 1897 at Burwood, N.S.W. Birth Cert:2449/1897. Herbert T Northridge born 1897 at Burwood, N.S.W. Birth Cert:13234/1897. William Samual Northridge died 1961 at Burwood, N.S.W. Death Cert:35913/1961. Samuel and Jane Horthridge had a daughter Sarah G Northridge born 1900 at Petersham, N.S.W. Birth Cert:34528/1900.

Jane and Samuel NORTHRIDGE

Jane Francis-?-Samuel Northridge.

The Sydney Morning Herald: Friday 30th June 1933.

NORTHRIDGE.-June 29, 1933. at the residence of her daughter (Mrs. T. Barford), 55 Beaufort Btreet, Croydon Park. Jane-Frances, the beloved wife of Samuel Northridge, of Bankstown, In her 70th year.

Hello and thank you for your response. I too have had no luck in finding anything much on the Colonial Auxiliary and I am doing this family research as I am the “living memory” of the Northridges. I also have to say their family history is not easy to unravel! When I saw what you had found it added yet another piece of evidence and inexplicable mystery to the family saga. Much of what I was told by my Grandmother Bertha Annie Northridge appears to be urban legend; Irish Heritage is difficult to unravel but I live in hope.

It seems that my Great Grandfather Samuel followed Jane Frances Brown to Australia as he had met fierce opposition to marrying her in Ireland! So, maybe a bit of a romantic was Great Grandpa. It could have been different religious beliefs because I have a document from the Irish Census in 1911, when Samuel’s mother Catherine (by then widowed) was living with her daughter and family (also farmers). On that document she is said to be Church of Ireland, whereas his father Nathaniel (a farmer) married Catherine in the Diocese of Cork and Ross County Cork Ireland – Catholic!

So, there were 9 children: Dora, Bertha, Jane, Samuel, William, Violet, Sarah, Hubert, Lydia. Bertha was my Paternal Grandmother who married Harold Chester Smith, their son George Hubert being my father (he served in New Guinea in WW2) who died at age 43 of cancer.

Samuel arrived in Australia from London onboard the “Orient” on November 5 1884. On the Marriage Certificate he states his occupation as a baker and his son William was also a baker and in turn so was his son. Jane Frances arrived in Australia as a solitary traveller onboard the “Illawarra” on July 29 1883; on the Marriage Certificate her occupation was domestic. This seems to back up the story that she was shipped off to Australia to get her as far away from Samuel as possible. Her parents arrived onboard the “Aberdeen” on November 1 1884 and as her father was witness to the marriage I dare say he was not the objector to the marriage. Also, the marriage took place in a Registry Office, hence dispensing with any religious issues.

I do not know what else I can tell you at this time. Maybe you could ask me some questions to which there may be answers or will become available as the search go on.

Thank you again,

(Robyn Stewart-February 2011)

The Marriage Certificate says Lambton on June 27th 1885, Samuel’s usual place of residence Sydney and Jane Frances as Lambton. Yes jigsaw puzzle is a good description and as yet with many missing pieces.

Cheers, Robyn

After much research I have come to the view that the uniform that Samuel is wearing is not Irish but Australian. I have made contact with the Irish Military Museum and the Regiment that Samuel was supposed to be a member of wasn't formed until 1900. He enlist with the N.S.W. Irish Rifles in abt 1895-1896 to qualify for the Colonial Medal he received in 1916 for 20 years service.

(Authors Notes: October 2014)

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