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Surname GAMBLE
Given Name(s) or Initial(s) Joseph John
Regimental Number 269
RankFarrier Sergeant
Unit Name Bushveldt Carbineers
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Source:# 186 next of kin from NSW enlisted BVC 6.5.1901.
Source:# 251 GAMBLE JJ.
URL1: WW1 AIF 2661 Private GAMBLE John Joseph 55Bn.
Woolmore1: shearer 1st Brabant's Horse next of kin mother Emily GAMBLE of Leadville NSW.
URL2: 9032 Brabant's Horse.
URL3: shearer aged 38 from Rosebery NSW.
URL5: WO127 BVC roll Gamble John Joseph Farrier Sgt. 269.
URL4: WW1 AIF 2661 6th Reinforcements for 6Bn. a shearer aged 38 in 1915 born in Menindi NSW next of kin father in Rosebery NSW, 2 years 3 months in South Africa, wounded in action 20.7.1916 France, Cpl. 55Bn. wounded 3.12.1916, 1953 correspondence with Repatriation Commission Sydney.
URL6: ?Gamble John Joseph 9032 WO126 Brabant's Horse roll.
URL8: 9032 Tpr. GAMBLE Joseph John enlisted 1st Brabant's Horse 4.5.1900 discharged on completion of service 13.12.1900, subsequent service BVC mailing address ?Leadville NSW .
URL9: returned to duty Colonial Div.
Source:# 1073 returned to duty in South Africa per 'Ranee' which departed Sydney 5.4.1901, attached to Imperial Draft Contingent for duty on voyage, joined BVC in May 1901.
MudgeeGNWR: Leadville Mems. A most enjoyable evening was spent at Mr. and Mrs. GAMBLE's residence on Saturday night last [11.1.1902]. About a week ago their son Joseph returned from the front in Africa, after serving his second term at the Boer war. The day he arrived here the people met him with coaches and sulkies nicely decorated, and at night time entertained him at a ball and supper, so in recognition of their kindness, Mr. and Mrs. GAMBLE, sen., gave a return social, which I think was one of the very best ever held here. The guests were invited to a dance in the hall kindly placed at the host's disposal by Mr. MASON. At 11 o'clock the company adjourned to the residence of Mr. GAMBLE, sen., and partook of a splendid supper, which I must say did great credit to the taste of the ladies who had charge of the arrangements. The room was beautifully decorated. There were over 70 couples present, and all seemed to enjoy themselves, and left for their respective homes at 12pm, thoroughly satisfied with the evening's enjoyment. During the evening several songs were contributed.
Source References
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 186
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 251
Sydney Tel.: Sydney Daily Telegraph newspaper date(s) 5.2.1902
Woolmore1: Bushveldt Carbineers and the Pietersburg Light Horse page(s) 191
B2455: National Archives of Australia series B2455
Syd. Herald : Sydney Morning Herald newspaper date(s) 18.10.1900 & 3.4.1901 page 7
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 1073
MudgeeGNWR: Mudgee Guardian & North Western Representative newspaper date(s) 16.1.1902
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