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Colonel Ricardo was the District Commandant of the Commonwealth Military Forces of Victoria, and would form the Queensland Mounted Infantry, who notably served in the Boer War. In 1901 he would undergo a court case against the ‘Evening Observer’ for defamation and libel in their newspaper on his exploits in the Second Boer War, describing him as a ‘coward’ and contradicting his and others recollections of his actions in South Africa. Ricardo would die in 1907 after fracturing his skull as a result of being thrown off his horse while hunting. He would be buried in the Boroondara General Cemetery. The file includes: A history of Colonel Percy Ralph Ricardo, as presented by Ken Lyall, as well as another smaller history from a A.D. Watson.