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Given Name(s) or Initial(s) John James
Regimental Number 682
Unit Name 6th Queensland Imperial Bushmen
Extracts and Comments
(from Sources as shown)

Murray: Details per 'Harlech Castle', 3QMI.
Smith2: 3QMI & Doyle's Scouts, King's South Africa Medal and 2 clasps.
URL1: Parramatta Police Court. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 [1907]. (Before Mr. W CLARKE DSM). CHILD DESERTION. Elizabeth DOUGHAN v. JJJ DOUGHAN Child desertion. Mr. FW TODHUNTER appeared for the complainant. There were two other cases of a similar character, in which DOUGHAN was the defendant; but those were not defended. In the defended, case, Elizabeth DOUGHAN, wife of the defendant, stated, on oath, that she and the defendant were married in '91 at Wellington (NSW). There were three children living now, the issue of the marriage. The defendant was a telegraph operator by trade. She believed that he had been line-repairing of late, and she had heard that he obtained 10s per day. Her husband went to the war at South Africa. She drew his money. She had received no money from him since that. She had been deserted by him for six years. She kept two of the children; the third child lived with the defendant's mother, but witness sent the boy clothes. The defendant was not fit to have the custody of the children, because of his being addicted to drink. He had pawned the overcoat of one of the lads. Witness was employed as housekeeper for Mr. BLAKE. The defendant, John DOUGHAN, electrician, doposed that he lived thre miles from Moree siding. He supported one of the boys. Paid for the lad's board and lodging, and bought him clothes. The other two childron he refused to support in another man's house. Was earning 7s per day. To Mr. TODHUNTER - Was not in the employ of the Post and Telegraph Department. Did not pawn his boy's conts. Knew who did it. Was in Sydney on the 19th of April? (when the coat was pawned). Had given 10s per week to his mother for the support of the child. Had not paid anything for the child's support during the last two months. Had no home of his own to which he could take the children. The Bench made an order for the pay ment of 5s per week in the first case, and 1 1s complainant's costs (or "14 days' hard labour"). In the second case the defendant was ordered to pay 6s per week, with 6s costs (or seven days' imprisonment with hard labour); and in the third case he was ordered to pay 6s, with costs, (or seven days' imprisonment).
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 519
Smith2: Australian KSA Medal Recipients page(s) 12
Cumb.Argus: Cumberland Argus & Fruitgrowers' Advocate newspaper date(s) 7.9.1907
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