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Given Name(s) or Initial(s) John Courtney
Regimental Number 459
Unit Name New South Wales Citizens' Bushmen
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Murray: 'D'Sqn.
Wallace2: Eland's R.
B5204: stock agent born 1880 ?Paxamdoo Vic. Queen's South Africa Medal (SA01).
URL1: Echuca Vic. war memorial.
URL2: war memorial Lake Cargelligo NSW.
URL4: WW1 AIF 2Lt. 9LH a farmer born 1881 in Rochester Vic. aged 36 in 1914 next of kin wife in Echuca Vic., previous service 4LH 4 years Vic. Rangers & 2 years Bushmen Contingent S. Africa, Queen's South Africa Medal & 5 clasps from NSWCB, Captain 4LH 5.3.1916, Temp. Major 3.5.1917, Major 26.5.1917, DSO LG 8.3.1919 for Jordan R. crossing 28.9.1918, invalided to Aust. per 'Somali' 26.12.1918 with chronic bronchitis after pneumonia, 1929 correspondence with Repatriation Commission Sydney.
URL4: Moama NSW.
URL5: Aust. Boer War Memorial database record.
URL6: Up to the present [23.12.1899] the following men have volunteered for South Africa. From Echuca Privates E EARNSHAW, J TONER, E HERANS, A SMITH, F MATHEWS, C INNES, A NICHOLLS, CHANTER and FORTESCUE, and three from Rochester.
URL7: son of JM CHANTER MHR Member for Deniliquin.
URL8: Echuca 19.2.1900. On Saturday evening [17.2.1900] the School of Arts, Moama, was crowded with friends of three young men - Messrs. A FORTESCUE, J CHANTER and PARR, who are members of the New South Wales Bushmen's Contingent, which sails next Saturday for South Africa. "The Mayor (Alderman WJ MARTIN) presided, and after enthusiastic and patriotic speeches had been made, presented each man with a horse and a medal. They left by the afternoon train to-day for Denliquin en route to Sydney.
URL9: ?Lieut. CHANTER also spoke [at the 5.9.1907 Fourth Annual Reunion of members of contingents who served in the war in South Africa, held in the Engineers Dept. Alexandra Avenue].
URL10: Yesterday [7.6.1905] Echuca witnessed the function of the unveiling of the monument, erected on the square in front of the Supreme Court, in commemoration of the soldiers from Echuca and Moama who volunteered and fought in battles of the Queen and the Empire in the South African war. ... One inscription reads "Presented by the residents to the Borough Council to commemorate the services of our citizen soldiers in the South African war, 1899-01." The following names are inscribed - Captain CJ WILSON, Sergeants JH RULE, HA KERANS, WK GRADY, Corporals R MCGROUTHER, T PITT, Privates E KERANS, CT EARNSHAW, E EARNSHAW, Troopers R JORDAN, D JORDAN, G HOWELL, JP TONER R SMITH, EA PHILP, JM DAVEY, D MCPHERSON, B ROFE, A TULLOCH, RO BELL, WH WALLIS, JM WHIDBURN, JC CHANTER, A FORTESCUE, WH TURNER, W PARR, W COLLINS & WJ LAWTON. RivRc: Moama Bushmen - Private John CHANTER (son of Mr. JM CHANTER MP) and Private FORTESCUE (son of Senior Constable FORTESCUE, stationed at Moama), have been finally accepted in the Bushmen's Corps and have gone into camp [c2.1900].
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 83
Wallace2: The Circumstances Surrounding the Seige of Elands River Post page(s) 79
B5204: National Archives of Australia series B5204
Town&Country: Aust. Town and Country journal date(s) 17.2.1900
Argus: Melbourne Argus newspaper date(s) 26.12.1899
RiverineHd.: Riverine Herald Echuca Moama newspaper date(s) 27.3.1901 & 8.6.1905
Bend. Adv.: Bendigo Advertiser newspaper date(s) 20.2.1900
Argus: Melbourne Argus newspaper date(s) 6.9.1907 RivRc: 7.2.1900
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