James Robertson FAWNS

FAWNS, James Robertson

Service Number: 266
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Staff Sergeant
Last Unit: 2nd Victorian Mounted Rifles
Born: Bendigo, Vic., 25 September 1862
Home Town: Bendigo, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Solider
Died: Thursday Island, Queensland, 4 March 1909, aged 46 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Thursday Island Cemetery
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Staff Sergeant, 266, 2nd Victorian Mounted Rifles

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of James FAWNS and Helen McFarlane nee McALLEN

News has been received in Melbourne of the death of Sergeant-Major James Fawns, R.A.A., at Thursday Island, on Friday last. Deceased was a native of Bendigo (son of the late  Mr. James, brewer, of High street), and was for some time employed on a station in Queensland. Returning to Victoria, he joined tho Field Artillery, and subsequently the  Permanent Garrison Artillery. He served in tho South African war. He was under fire on several occasions, and was awarded a medal with clasps. About five years ago Sergeant-Major Fawns  was sent to South Australia, being stationed at the Largs fort, and twelve months ago he went to Thursday lsland.