Charles James READE CB, MiD

READE, Charles James

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Major
Last Unit: 2nd South Australian Mounted Rifles
Born: Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia , 10 August 1863
Home Town: Jamestown, Northern Areas, South Australia
Schooling: Bendigo High School and the Geelong Grammar, Melbourne University
Occupation: Editor of Jamestown Review
Died: Pneumonia , Ottawa, Canada , 21 January 1912, aged 48 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Jamestown and District Boer War Honour Board
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Captain, 2nd South Australian Mounted Rifles
6 Jun 1900: Promoted Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Major

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Captain Charles James Reade, the officer in command of the second South Australian Contingent for South Africa, is a Victorian by birth, and a son of Mr. George Reade of Hawksburn.  Born in Bendigo in 1868, Captain Reade received his education at the Bendigo High School, subsequently entering the Melbourne University where he studied for the medical profession.  Forsaking his intended calling, he went to South Australia in 1885 to take the position of Editor of the Jamestown Review, and identified himself with all matters affecting the district, and for years was a member of the municipal council.  Though not an Adelaidean, the Captain, by his sterling qualities as an officer and a gentleman, has made for himself in the sister city a wide circle of friends and admirors, all of whom join in wishing the gallant officer a safe and speedy return home.