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Given Name(s) or Initial(s) Harold Edward
Regimental Number 121
Unit Name 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen
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(from Sources as shown)

Murray: Corporal, Distinguished Conduct Medal for gallantry at Sea Cow R. on 1.3.1901 London Gazette 7.5.1901.
Wallace1: Distinguished Conduct Medal.
Source:# 65 medals in War Memorial Canberra.
Kopje: 'Pompey' ELLIOTT.
URL1: WW1 AIF Brigadier General CH CMG DSO DCM 7Bn.
URL2: solicitor from Northcote Vic.
B5179: born 1878 a student (Melbourne Uni.) from Ballarat Vic.
Roe: Lieut., sailed from E. London for Melbourne aboard 'Orient' 22.6.1901.
Source:# 1121 offered British commission in Royal Berks. Regt. but rejected it stay with 4VIB as subaltern, returned as Ag. Adjt. 4VIB on 'Orient' 22.7.1901 received glowing report from Lt. Col. K MACKAY NSWIB on his efforts. After returning with 4VIB + DCM and commission he went as DCO on 'Britannic' in 8.1901 (West Australian) with Vic. draft of 105 for Scottish Horse which was shanghaied as part of the mysterious Australian Commonwealth Regt. and may explain what he was doing 9-10.1901 as Lt. Cape Colony Cyclists Corps 18.10.1901-1.12.1901 (notation in Border Scouts record which also links him to 4VIB), appointed assistant press censor at Prieska Lt. Border Scouts 1.12.1901 (Prieska) 21.7.1902 (disbandment at Uppington) operations in NW Cape Colony telegram from Lord Kitchener - Please tell Lt. Elliott that I am very pleased with his conduct and that of his men in driving off Conroy and saving horses, returned to Melbourne per 'Ninevah' 25.9.1902 (Argus), appears on Border Scouts nominal roll images but not on the transcript of the Medal Roll, reference Ross MCMULLIN's Pompey Elliott pp 49-54.
URL6: DCM for gallantry at Seacow R. when 16 Vic. Bushmen captured 33 Boers.
URL7: Aust. Boer War Memorial database record.
Source:# 1339 WW1 casualties with Boer War service from Darebin Vic.
URL9: A reunion of the officers of the Fourth Victoria Imperial Regiment, which sailed for South Africa for the Boer war on May 1, 1900, was held at the Vienna Cafe, Melbourne, on Friday evening [1.5.1908]. The following officers were present Major O'FARRELL, Major PURCELL, Surgeon-Captain STURDEE, Captains WOLLESTON, CODE, MASON, CLEVELAND, Veterinary Captain LEITCH, Lieutenants MANN, BOYD, WANLISS and ELLIOTT.
URL10: Lieut. ELLIOTT HE, Border Scouts joined Prieska 1.12.1901 resigned 21.7.1902 at Upington on disbandment, 4VIB 23.5.1900-22.6.1901 Lieut, CCCC 18.10.1901-1.12.1901 Lieut.
Source References
Murray: Official Records of the Australian Contingents etc. page(s) 262
Wallace1: The Australians at the Boer War page(s) 308
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 65
Kopje: ABWSGoA journal The Kopje date(s) 3.2003
B5179: National Archives of Australia series B5179 item A
B2455: National Archives of Australia series B2455
AWM92: National Archives of Australia series AWM92
Droogleever: That Ragged Mob - 3VB & 4VIB page(s) 372, 374/375, 380, 390, 396, 398, 412, 415, 570/571
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 1121
Queenslander: The Queenslander newspaper date(s) 30.3.1901
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 1339
Argus: Melbourne Argus newspaper date(s) 16.7.1901
Hbt. Mercury: Hobart Mercury newspaper date(s) 5.5.1908
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 1602 Darebin's Boer War page 58
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