John Henry HEINJUS


HEINJUS, John Henry

Service Number: 5
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 1st South Australian Mounted Rifles
Born: Sheaoak Log, South Australia, 18 October 1870
Home Town: Shea Oak Log, Light, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Enteric Fever, Naauwpoort, South Africa, 26 April 1900, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide Boer War Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Gawler Boys Who Fell in the Boer War Memorial Plaque, North Adelaide St Peter's Cathedral Boer War Honour Roll
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Corporal, SN 5
1 Oct 1899: Involvement Corporal, SN 5, 1st South Australian Mounted Rifles
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

 John Henry Heinjus was the fourth born child of 11 children to Heinrich Carl Heinjus and Caroline Hart.

On Monday the sad news came to South Australia that Corporal J.H. Heinjus, a member of the first contingent and son of Mrs H.C. Heinjus of Sheaoak Log, had died of Typhoid fever at Naauwport. The deceased was a fine strapping fellow, unassuming in his deportment, and a general favourite with his associates. He had done good work with the contingent, and his instinct for bush travelling probably saved a number on one occasion from walking unconsciously into a Boer Camp in the darkness of night. He was about thirty years of age and single, but was engaged to be married. The news was a great shock to his mother and brothers and sisters, following as it did the sudden death of Mr. Heinjus not long after his son left for the seat of war. The sympathy for the bereaved family is widespread and deep. At Freeling, where the deceased young man was well known, flags were half-masted, and there were other evidences of mourning on Tuesday when the unwelcome news became known. At Present Mrs. Heinjus is away from home and it was not possible for her to hear the intelligence for several days after it came. The deceased was a member of the Loyal Gawler Lodge of Oddfellows, M.U.
A singularly pathetic interest attaches to the last letter received from the deceased soldier. It came to hand only last week. Therein he remarks that at the time of writing he was "in the best of health yet" He speaks of a probable trip to England.