Rowland Edward (Ben) HARKUS


HARKUS, Rowland Edward

Service Number: 67
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: New South Wales Lancers
Born: "Kyle" Moruya, New South Wales, 17 July 1869
Home Town: Moruya, Eurobodalla, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Postman & Part time Trooper
Died: Enteric Fever, Bloemfontein Hospital, 4 April 1900, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Parramatta Boer War Memorial
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Corporal, SN 67
1 Oct 1899: Involvement Corporal, SN 67, New South Wales Lancers

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Rowland Edward ( Ben) HARKUS was born on 17th July, 1869 in Moruya, NSW

His parents were William Theodore HARKUS and Amelia DeGaris YABSLEY

He joined the NSW Lancers and was part of the 2nd Contingent to go to South Africa which left Sydney on 28th October 1899 on the ship Kent.

Rowland married in 1891 in Moruya to Armida Hermina Francisca ZIEGLER and had two children Dorothy & Rowland

Rowland died on 4th April, 1900 of Enteric Fever in Bloemfontein Hospital, South Africa

He is buried in President Brand Cemetery and also memoralized in the Australian War Memorial and the Boer War Memorial in Parramatta Park and also the memorial at Bloemfontein Cemetery.


Cumberland Argus & Fruitgrowers Advocate dated 12th May, 1900

Rowland Edward Harkus was the best known man in the Lancers regiment of New South Wales. He was a native of Moruya and for years was in the Postal Department of this colony, at first down on the South Coast and since the 17th May, 1892 at Parramatta.  He was born on 17th July 1869 and so would have been 31 years  Corporal Harkus was a married man, his wife having been forermly Miss A H F Ziegler of Pompey Point, Moruya.  The young ladys father like her husbands was one of the pioneers of the Moruya district.  Two children were the issue of the marriage, a girl  and a boy , the eldest being now about six or seven years of age

Same newspaper dated 6th April, 1902

HARKUS - In loving memory of my late beloved husband Corporal Rowland Edward Harkus who died of fever in the Bloemfontein Hospital, South Africa April 4th, 1900.  Inserted by his loving wife

HARKUS - Corporal R E Harkus  NSW Lancers died of enteric fever at Bloemfontein, South Africa, April 4, 1900

AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL - further information on Rowland (