Otto Frederick SCHUMANN

SCHUMANN, Otto Frederick

Service Number: 281
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Quartermaster Sergeant
Last Unit: South Australian Imperial Bushmen's Corps
Born: Melbourne, Victoria, 1865
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Venter Spruit, South Africa, 6 May 1901
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide Boer War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, North Adelaide St Peter's Cathedral Boer War Honour Roll
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces - Boer War Contingents, Quartermaster Sergeant, 281, South Australian Imperial Bushmen's Corps
1 Oct 1899: Involvement Staff Sergeant, 281, 5th South Australian Imperial Bushmen
Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Otto Frederick SCHUMANN was born in Melbourne in 1865

His parents were Otto Frederick SCHUMANN & Jane McTURK

He married Milena Murray DRAYTON in South Australia in 1892


Evening Journal (Adelaide, SA: 1869 - 1912) Saturday 18 May 1901



Members of the Fifth South Australian Contingent (Bushmen) have recently been in action. The War Office reports that Quarter- Master-Sergeant Otto Frederick Schumann, of the Fifth South Australian Contingent, has been killed at Venterspruit, and that Tpr. E. J. Barnes, of the same contingent has been slightly wounded at Vlaknek. Quartermaster Sgt. Schumann and Tpr. Barnes were members of No. 1 Troop, D Squadron, under Cpt. Watt, and left South Australia for Cape Town with their comrades in the Fifth Contingent on February 9. The Quartermaster-Sgt. leaves a widow, who resides in Angas street, Adelaide.

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889 - 1931) Monday 20 May 1901


Quartermaster-Sergeant O. F. Schumann, of the Fifth Contingent, whose death in the engagement at Venterspruit, is reported, was highly esteemed by his comrades in South Australia. His father at one time was a well-known school teacher. Quartermaster-Sergeant Schumann followed is father's profession for a while, but prior to leaving for South Africa he occupied the position of cashier at Mr. W. Grasby's establishment, Grenfell-street. The deceased officer came from a family who have seen a great deal of military service, and he inherited the martial spirit so strongly that despite the solicitations of his wife, who told a representative of "The Advertiser" that she implored him not to go to South Africa, he decided to leave with the Fifth Contingent. Quartermaster-Sergeant Schumann, who was only 27 years of age, was a leading member of the Rechabite order. His brother is Mounted-Constable Schumann, at Stirling East, and he had one married sister. Mrs. Schumann has received the condolences of ladies representing every section of the community, including Lady Tennyson, who called personally to express her sorrow at the bereavement which Mrs. Schumann had sustained.

The Register (Adelaide, SA: 1901 - 1929) Saturday 25 May 1901


The Late Quartermaster-Sergeant Schumann. — At their usual fortnightly meeting on Friday evening, the members of the Victoria Tent No. 24, I.O.R., unanimously resolved— "That this Tent hereby place on record their sincere appreciation of the assistance of late Bro. O. F. Schumann, and their deep regret at his untimely decease; that they desire to express their sincere sympathy with his widow in her sad bereavement; and that Bro. Schumann's name be placed on the merit board of the Tent." Mr. Schumann, who had been a member of the tent only for a few years, had during that time filled most of the offices, and at the time of his departure for South Africa was holding the position of chief ruler with credit to himself and advantage to the tent.