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Surname JONSON
Given Name(s) or Initial(s) Jephthah
Regimental Number 381
Unit Name 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen
Extracts and Comments
(from Sources as shown)

Murray: Jepthah, killed in action at Hartbeetsfontein on 18.2.1901.
Price1: War Memorials Bairnsdale Canberra Ballarat & Sale.
B5179: born 1877 a stock rider from Hospital Ck. via Cunninghame Gippsland Vic.
Source:# 794 Orbost Volunteers to South African War memorial plaque in Yarra Glen RSL, killed in action at Hartebeestfontein South Africa 18.2.1900.
URL2: given name may have been Eipleltia (not Johannes or Jephthat), stockrider born 1877, next of kin father at Hospital Ck. via Cunninghame Vic.
URL3: Jephthah, Aust. Boer War Memorial database record.
Droogleever: 'Jeff'.
URL4: Orbost Thursday [6.6.1901] At a public meeting on Wednesday evening, at which Mr. James CAMERON JP presided, it was decided to erect a memorial in Orbost in honour of the Australian soldiers who have fallen in South Africa, and to inscribe thereon the names of Privates AT WOODMAN and J JONSON, at one time residents of this district.
URL5: Mr A MCLEAN MHR, performed the ceremony of unveiling [the memorial at Bairnsdale c6.1903]. THE INSCRIPTIONS. WEST FACE - Lance-Corpl. WD MAYS, Bairnsdale; Private AT WOODMAN, Bairnsdale; Private R MCGREGOR, Lindenow; Private HO WALFORD, Bulumwaal. NORTH FACE - Private AH WILSON, Sale; Private MM ATKINTON, Sale; Private H LAMB, Sale; Private J RANKIN, Sale; Private FH CAUGNEY, Iguana Creek. SOUTH FACE - Corporal J MCGOWAN, Warragul; Private JW CRIGHTON, Warragul; Private TJ ROSE, Morwell; Private GW BOLDING, Morwell; Private AB DAVIDSON, Moe. EAST FACE - Sergeant DH PRUDEN, Newry; Sergeant MT MCDONALD, Yinnar; Private J MCCLURE, Won Wron; Private J JONSON, Hospital Creek; Private EA VALPIED, Toora.
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 268 336
Price1: They Proved to all the Earth page(s) 40
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 157
B5179: National Archives of Australia series B5179 item A
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 794
B4418: National Archives of Australia series B4418
Droogleever: That Ragged Mob - 3VB & 4VIB page(s) 278, 323/324, 328, 605
Argus: Melbourne Argus newspaper date(s) 10.6.1901
Morwell Adv.: Morwell Advertiser newspaper date(s) 19.6.1903
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Apology: For some time now it has been difficult to keep up with the newly available sources (especially the Trove newspaper site) plus the flow of contributions and queries. So I have been forced to prioritise maintenance and data entry over replying to correspondence. Nevertheless, your contributions are being added to the database and acknowledged on the contributions page and, although my replies are many months behind, I will attempt to get to them more often.
Colin Roe

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