James Alexander AWMM
Also known as
- South African 2385 AWMM
- South African 7078 AWMM
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Movements: Ottoshoop 16-20/8/1900 [action] en route to Zeerust
Movements: Kaffir Kraal 24/10/1900 [action]
Movements: Venetersdoorp : 28/12/1900 - 23/1/1901
Movements: Cyferfontein : Jan 1901-6/3/1901
Movements: Wildfontein 24/3/1901 [action]
Member of the The Zeerust Cup Match, won by the “Right Section New Zealand Battery” in May 1901 while on active service in South Africa, was possibly New Zealand’s first representative rugby league match. A letter presented with the trophy noted that it was a token of friendship intended to remind the team of the happy days passed amongst the Zeerust folks.
The Zeerust Cup, a silver cup, is held by the Auckland War Memorial Museum and was loaned to the Rugby Museum, Palmerston North c2011.
Returned to NZ Left South Africa on 12/6/1901 aboard SS Tagus (with 4th Contingent).
Joined 9 Contingent , G Squadron with the rank of Saddler-Sergeant (service number 7078). 5th Contingent in South Africa: Arrival South Africa. Volunteers from No 11 Company (Auckland) became 1st NZ Battery, Rhodesian Field Artillery. Rest of contingent were re-organised into A, B, C & D Squadrons in South Africa. C Squadron split from the rest & joined the Kimberley flying column, based in Kimberley. A, B & D Squadrons joined the 2nd Brigade Rhodesian Field Force on 14/8/1900.
Photo: Te Awamutu Museum ref: 516 / R23:5 of the 1st New Zealand 15-pounder Field Artillery Football Team, 1902 AWMM
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- Stowers, R. (2002). Rough Riders at War: history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer war 1899-1902 and information on all members of the ten New Zealand contingents. Author: Hamilton, N.Z. AWMM
- Hall, D.O.W. (c1949). The New Zealanders in South Africa 1899-1902. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs. AWMM
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