James ROGERS VC

ROGERS, James

Service Number: 81
Enlisted: 7 November 1914, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: Anzac Police
Born: Moama, New South Wales, 2 June 1875
Home Town: Williamstown, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Policeman/OC Dock Guard/Soldier/Grazier
Died: Natural causes, Concorde, New South Wales, 28 October 1961, aged 86 years
Cemetery: Springvale Garden of Remembrance & Crematorium, Victoria
Cremated with Military Honour Guard 31 Oct 1961
Memorials: James Rogers VC Memorial
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Private, SN 81, 1st Victorian Mounted Rifles, The Boer Offensive
1 May 1900: Transferred Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), 1st Victorian Mounted Rifles, detached Provincial Mounted Police, Orange River Colony as with rank of corporal - till November 1900 when his army unit returned to Australia - stayed in South Africa
1 Jan 1902: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Lieutenant, 6th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse

World War 1 Service

7 Nov 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 3rd Light Horse Brigade Train, Melbourne, Victoria
2 Feb 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain, 3rd Light Horse Brigade Train, HMAT Chilka, Melbourne
2 Feb 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 3rd Light Horse Brigade Train, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
9 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 3rd Light Horse Brigade Train, ANZAC Gallipoli
4 Aug 1915: Wounded The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli, GSW (left shoulder)
3 Apr 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Lieutenant, Anzac Police
31 Dec 1916: Discharged AIF WW1, Lieutenant

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Biography

"James Rogers was born at Moama, New South Wales, and was riding horses at the age of four. He enlisted in the 1st Victorian Mounted Rifles and arrived in South Africa in November 1899; six months later, he transferred to the South African Constabulary. The following year, during an ambush by about 60 Boers, near Thaba 'Nchu, Orange Free State, he rescued soldiers who had lost their horses on three separate occasions, each time while under heavy fire.

After a brief return to Australia in 1902, Rogers went back to the war as a lieutenant in the Australian Commonwealth Horse. He also served during the First World War, but was invalided home in 1916 because of serious wounds received on Gallipoli. After the war Rogers was a grazier in Victoria and later retired to Sydney. He died in Concord Repatriation Hospital in 1961.

Rogers received the Victoria Cross, the Queen's and the King's South Africa Medals, three medals for service in the First World War, and coronation medals for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)

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