James Charles ROBERTS


ROBERTS, James Charles

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 1st Victorian Mounted Rifles
Born: Murchison, Victoria, 1872
Home Town: Murchison, Greater Shepparton, Victoria
Schooling: Rushworth Primary School & Carlton College
Occupation: Barrista
Died: Died of wounds, Rensburg, South Africa, 13 February 1900
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Ballarat Boer War Memorial (Queen Victoria Square), Murchison Boer War Memorial
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Lieutenant, SN Officer, 1st Victorian Mounted Rifles, The Boer Offensive

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James was born in 1872 and Baptised in St. Pauls Anglican Church Rushworth as his family were storekeepers in the town. He attended the Primary School in Rushworth and his secondary Education was undertaken in Melbourne where he gained his Matriculation Certificate from Carlton College.

In later years his family lived in Murchison and ran the Coffee Palace that was situated opposite the present day swimming pool and he attended Christ Church Murchison regularly.

After graduating from Melbourne University as a Civil Engineer, James spent some time working on the family farm at Moora then returned to University to study medicine.

He was a member of the Murchison detachment of the Victorian Mounted Rifles and went to South Africa to serve in the Boer War. Sadly, James met his death in February 1900 during a fierce battle at Rensburg South Africa, when greatly outnumbered by the enemy.

His parents were John Henderson Roberts and Ellen Sayers (Roberts) and they had 10 children.