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Surname HARPER
Given Name(s) or Initial(s) William Ernest
Regimental Number 31632
Unit Name 2nd Scottish Horse
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(from Sources as shown)

Price2: Queen's South Africa medal and 4 clasps.
URL1: HARPER William Ernest 31632 Trooper Scottish Horse.
Source:# 1047 ?HARPER William John Ernest of Scottish Horse, RAA (1908-1910) & WW1 AIF 5Bn., WW1 enlistment claims service with 3NSWIB [but not found there].
Source:# 431 born at Riddell's Ck. near Woodend Vic. and aged 24 on 19.1.1900 when married in Melbourne - definitely not WJE HARPER 5Bn. AIF.
URL4: HARPER William Ernest 31632 Trooper 2nd Scottish Horse, served from 15.2.1901 to 25.10.1901, discharged on completion of service.
Source:# 1227 family says Wilfred HARPER also known as William HARPER, but his 14.4.1875 birth at Riddells Ck. Vic. is registered as William James HARPER, on the 1903 electoral roll at Riddells Ck. he is William Ernest HARPER while on the 1909 roll William James HARPER, in WW1 he's both Wilfred Ernest and Wilfred Edward HARPER while his death at Mildura Vic. on 4.12.1921 was registered as Wilfred Eric HARPER, photo in WW1 uniform wearing Queen's South Africa Medal ribbon, allocated a soldier settlement block at Red Cliffs but widow (with 8 children under 14) was unable to maintain it after he died.
URL5: WW1 AIF 679 1RMU HARPER Wilfred Edward (Wilfred Ernest on nominal roll).
URL6: WW1 AIF 679 Tpr. HARPER Wilfred Ernest 3Sqn. 1st. Remount Unit, a commission agent aged 46 in 1915 born at Riddles' Ck. Vic., next of kin wife at Netta Bend via Murray Bridge SA, 18 months Ouyen Rifle Club and 23 months active service in S. Africa, hospitalised with mumps at Abbassia 13.3.1916, returned to Aust. from Suez per 'Seang Bee' 29.4.1916, discharged 16.6.1916, died after discharge, 1929 correspondence with Repatriation Dept. Melbourne.
Source:# 431 more likely to be the grandfather of Julie ROBINSON, William John Ernest HARPER.
Source References
Price2: Southern Cross Scots page(s) 127
A6394: National Archives of Australia series A6394
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 1047
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 431
Vic.BDMs: Victoria Births Deaths & Marriages Index number 1747
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 1227
B2455: National Archives of Australia series B2455
Source:# Oz-Boer contributed source number 431
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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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