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Personnel records – Boer War and early 1900s

The following records relate to specific Australian Jews who served in the Boer War and in the period before World War I.

GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE 1901–03
Melbourne
Series: MP744/1
Quantity: 0.3 metres
Recorded by: 1901–1903: South Africa Contingents Pay Office (CA 4423)
Benjamin H A – result of medical examination, 1901 MP744/1, 1083/CS
Joseph Captain J E – payment for loss of kit, 1901 MP744/1, 1555/CS
Lissner G – medical record, 1901 MP744/1, 1557/CS
NOMINAL ROLLS OF VICTORIAN CONTINGENTS FOR SOUTH AFRICA (BOER WAR), 1900–1
Melbourne
The series consists of two volumes:
Series: B5179
Quantity: 1 microfilm reel
Recorded by: 1900–1901: Department of Defence, Victoria (CA 1340)
[Muster rolls of Victorian contingents to the Boer War – First, Second (Mounted Rifles), Third (Bushmen's), Fourth (Imperial), nurses – and pensions and allowances granted by Imperial Government for wounds on active service], 1899–1900 B5179 VOLUME A
[Muster Roll of Fourth Victorian (Imperial) Contingent and Fifth Victorian (Mounted Rifles) contingent to the Boer War], 1900–01
Details regarding individual servicemen on the muster roll include birth date, occupation, marital status, home address, next of kin, height, chest size and religion. Although historians maintain that a significant number of volunteers failed to register their religion or enlisted under assumed (non-Jewish-sounding) names, several relevant entries have been located. For example:
B5179 VOLUME B.
PHILLIPS, Louis Eleazer. b. 7-11-61. Single. Station Manager. 5 ft 9 1/2", chest 37 3/4". ADD: Cathedral Hotel, Swanston Street (Melb). NOK: Mr H Phillips, Warracknabeal. RELIGION: Jewish
1401 Private SIMMONS, Albert. b. 15-2-80. Single. Farmhand 5 ft 7 1/2", chest 34". ADD: 94 Johnston Street, Collingwood. NOK: L Simmons (father), Collingwood. RELIGION: Jewish
1460 POLLOCK, Samuel. b. 28-5-79. Single. Boundary rider 5 ft 8 1/2", chest 34 1/4". ADD: 17 Hotham Street, Windsor. NOK: Louis Pollock (father). RELIGION: Jewish

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ENROLMENT FORMS OF VICTORIAN CONTINGENTS TO SOUTH AFRICA (BOER WAR), 1899–1900
All States
This series consists of folio sized enrolment forms held between brown cardboard covers by two paper binders. The title on the front cover of the folio is "Enrolment forms." Each enrolment form has "Victorian Contingent South Africa" stamped in the right hand corner and is headed by an Oath to Serve our Sovereign Lady the Queen in South Africa." The main part of the form consists of the signature of enlisting soldier, age, martial status, occupation, signature of the Justice administering the Oath of Allegiance and date when sworn written in black ink. The folio also contains Defence correspondence relating to the enrolment forms.

There is no arrangement to this series. The first name is J.W. Healy and the last name is J.C. Barus.

This series has been copied in full as part of National Archives of Australia reprographic program.

Series: B5177
Quantity: .05 metres
Recorded by: 1899–1900: Department of Defence, Victoria (CA 1340)
ARMY MILITIA RECORDS, DOSSIERS OF PMF (PERMANENT MILITARY FORCE) AND MILITIA PERSONNEL, ALPHABETICAL SERIES, 1901–40
Melbourne
The series consists of dossiers about the enlistment, service and discharge of individual personnel.
Series: B4717
Quantity: 63.72 metres
Recorded by: 1901–1914: Department of Defence (I) (CA 6); 1914–1939: AIF, Base Records Office (CA 2001); 1939–1940: 2nd Echelon, Army Headquarters (CA 2002)
Solomon, Harold Isaac VP136, 1910–50 B4717, SOLOMON/HAROLD ISAAC
PERSONAL CASE FILES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'BW' (BOER WAR) PREFIX, 1938–
Canberra
This series consists of personal case files raised for pensions and benefits for survivors of the Boer War.
Series: A2799
Quantity: 0.3 metres
Recorded by: 1938–1947: Repatriation Commission (II) (CA 225)
GOLDRING, Henry W – Repatriation case file (1 folio), 1941 A2799, BW97
DAVIS, Jacob John – Repatriation case file (2 folios), 1938 A2799, BW24

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