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Given Name(s) or Initial(s) Charles Edward Somerset
Regimental Number 729
Unit Name 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles
Extracts and Comments
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Murray: invalided to Australia arrived 25.3.1902.
5VMR QSA Roll: Left Wing Queen's South Africa medal and 3 clasps (CC OFS & Tvl).
B5179: born 1879 a soldier from Queenscliff next of kin in Carlton Vic.
Melb. Leader: single from RAA Queenscliff Vic., photo on departure from Melbourne.
URL1: photo #54.
URL2: A number ot soldiers who recently returned from the war in South Africa were publicly welcomed at an entertainment given in their honor by the citizens of Carlton in the orderly room, Grattan Street last evening [11.4.1902]. In the absence of Mr. DV HENNESSY MLA, Cr. STRONG presided. The toast of Our Boys was proposed by the Mayor (Sir Samuel GILLOTT) who spoke in eulogistic terms, of the great services rendered to the Empire by Canadians, New Zealanders and Australians, and heartily welcomed the returned soldiers on behalf of the citizens. ... The Mayor then presented gold medals to the following soldiers - Sergeants GATLIFF and KAROO, Corporals ARNOTT, O'DONNELL and KELLY, and Troopcrs GATLIFF, GYLES, LINACRE, RIDDOCK and STENNING. Specially addressing Trooper RIDDOCK, who had lost a leg, the Mayor said he felt sure that a grateful country would ever remember the sacrifice he had made and the sufferings he had to endure. He expressed his deepest sympathy for him, and his greatest admiration of the courage he had displayed. Sergeant GATLIFF and others returned thanks for the welcome and presents. The former characterised as lies the adverse comments that had been made regarding the treatment of women and children by the British soldiers and Government. He also said that, the food, clothing and horses from Australia were in most cases far superior to the supplies obtained from other portions of the globe.
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 282
5VMR QSA Roll: Queen's S. Africa Medal Roll for 5VMR
B5179: National Archives of Australia series B5179 item B
Melb. Leader: Melbourne Leader newspaper date(s) 16.2.1901
Melb. Age: Age newspaper, Melbourne date(s) 12.4.1902
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