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Surname MASON
Given Name(s) or Initial(s) Charles Joseph Conway
Regimental Number
RankLieutenant
Unit Name 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen
StateVic
Extracts and Comments
(from Sources as shown)

Murray: slight scalp wound at Philipstown 13.2.1901, ADC to Lieutenant Gen. Lord METHUEN, Captain 5VMR.
B5179: born 1878 a student from Upper Beaconsfield Vic.
URL1: ?son of Speaker of Victorian Legislative Assembly, hosted 1901 New Year celebrations in Mafeking.
URL4: A reunion of the officers of the Fourth Victoria Imperial Regiment, which sailed for South Africa for the Boer war on May 1, 1900, was held at the Vienna Cafe, Melbourne, on Friday evening [1.5.1908]. The following officers were present Major O'FARRELL, Major PURCELL, Surgeon-Captain STURDEE, Captains WOLLESTON, CODE, MASON, CLEVELAND, Veterinary Captain LEITCH, Lieutenants MANN, BOYD, WANLISS and ELLIOTT.
URL5: Captain C Conway MASON has just returned [c11.1902] from London after two years absence - three-quarters of which time was spent in harness at the war. Captain MASON is a son of the ex-Speaker, and ranks next to Captain LILLEY, Melbourne's Adonis, as being the most distinguished looking officer returned with a good African record to these parts. But this is a holiday; he returns to Africa very soon.
Source:# 1578 MASON, Charles Joseph Conway. Enlisted 19.8.1914, shown as a 36-year-old Judge's Associate, married, Armadale, Vic., served as Captain, later Lieutenant-Colonel, 7th Infantry. Distinguished Service Order, also Mentioned In Despatches.
URL6: ADFA AIF Database record.
URL7: Major Chas. Joseph Conway MASON, wounded in action, is 37 years of age and a son of Mr. FC MASON, ex-Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. He was studying for the law when the Boer war broke out, and left with the Victorian contingent for South Africa, with the rank of lieutenant. He was promoted to be captain on the field, and acted as aide de camp to Lord METHUEN for two years. He was one of the officers in charge of the contingent of 400 Australians present at the Coronation of King Edward VII. (more ...)
URL8: WW1 AIF papers at NAA, page 3 details his Boer War service,
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 253 258 259
B5179: National Archives of Australia series B5179 item A
Droogleever: That Ragged Mob - 3VB & 4VIB page(s) 214, 323, 334, 355, 362, 364, 413, 415/416, 619/620
Launc. Exam.: Launceston Examiner newspaper date(s) 20.2.1901
Argus: Melbourne Argus newspaper date(s) 3.5.1900
Australasian: Australasian newspaper date(s) 24.8.1901
Hbt. Mercury: Hobart Mercury newspaper date(s) 5.5.1908
Critic: Critic newspaper Adelaide SA date(s) 29.11.1902
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 1578
Melb. Age: Melbourne Age newspaper date(s) 15.5.1915
External Link URL1nla.gov.au/nla.news-article35389778
External Link URL2nla.gov.au/nla.news-article9540005
External Link URL3nla.gov.au/nla.news-article139166189
External Link URL4nla.gov.au/nla.news-article12665060
External Link URL5nla.gov.au/nla.news-article212153464
External Link URL6www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=190045
External Link URL7nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154943014
External Link URL8recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=8215546


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Colin Roe
Canberra

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