John Macquarie Antill was born 26 January 1866 in Jarvisfield, Picton, New South Wales, Australia to John Macquarie Antill (1822-1900) and Jessie Hassall Campbell (1834-1917) and died 1 March 1937 Prince Henry Hospital, Redfern, New South Wales, Australia of cancer. He married Agnes Marion Wills-Allen (1879-1936) 24 October 1901 in St. James', Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

John Macquarie “Bull” Antill CB CMG, infamous for his role as the Brigade Major of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade during the charge of the Nek on Gallipoli, but in truth “a courageous soldier, an able leader, a stern disciplinarian and a shrewd judge of men, with a flair for moulding those under his command to his ideal of what a soldier should be.”[i] He was later promoted to Brigadier General and commanded the 3rd Light Horse Brigade in Palestine and the 2nd Infantry Brigade at Ypres in Belgium and retired as a Major General after the war.

[i] Australian Dictionary of Biography, R. Clark, 1979


Offspring of John Macquarie Antill and Agnes Marion Wills-Allen (1879-1936)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Joan Macquarie Antill (1902-2001)
Ruth Polk Macquarie Antill (1905-1995)

Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
₪ Wedding
  • marriage dissolved in 1914
  • ANTILL—WILLSALLEN.—October 24, at St. James', Sydney, by the Rev. W. I. Carr-Smith, Major J. M. Antill, C.B., to Agnes Marion Willsallen.
The Sydney Mail And New South Wales Advertiser, 16 November 1901, page 1277
¶ Death
  • ANTILL.—March 1, 1937, at Prince Henry Hospital, Major-General John Macquarie Antill, C.B., C.M.G., aged 71 years. Privately cremated. Surviving brothers, R. H. Antill, Jarvisfield, Picton, and Guy F. Antill, 23 Flood-street. Bondi.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 March 1937, page 14