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Given Name(s) or Initial(s) James Ernest
Regimental Number 2354
Unit Name 4th Australian Commonwealth Horse (Vic)
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Roe: WWI Victoria Cros.
Source:# 459 buried in Brighton Cemetery Vic.
B5207: ranger aged 20 from Laverton Vic.
ADFA : 6 months in S. Africa, VC citation.
URL1: NEWLANDS WW1 AIF 2 Regtl. QM Sergeant HQ 12Bn., a soldier aged 33 from Sheffield Tas.
URL3: ranger aged 20 born in Geelong Vic. next of kin father c/- PO Laverton.
URL4: WW1 AIF 2 RQMS 12Bn. a soldier aged 33 in 1914 born in Geelong Vic. next of kin in Sheffield Tas., 6 months South Africa 4 years RAA Vic., Captain and Adjutant 12Bn. wounded in action 26.2.1917 & 6.5.1917, Victoria Cross for most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in the face of heavy odds on three separate occasions, died 1949.
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 322
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 459
B5207: National Archives of Australia series B5207
ADFA : AIF Database
B4418: National Archives of Australia series B4418
B2455: National Archives of Australia series B2455
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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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