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Given Name(s) or Initial(s) Matthew
Regimental Number 1232
Unit Name 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles
Extracts and Comments
(from Sources as shown)

5VMR QSA Roll: Left Wing, Queen's South Africa medal and 3 clasps (CC OFS & Tvl).
B5179: born 1878 a farmer c/- PO Elmhurst Vic.
Melb. Leader: photo #751.
URL1: photo.
URL2: Pte Matthew RAFFERTY invalided home, welcomed at Glenhurst and presented with a gold medal 30.12.1901.
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 292
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
Argus: Melbourne Argus newspaper date(s) 2.1.1902
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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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