Lieutenant James Rogers

Service number E241, 81
Ranks Held Captain, Lieutenant, Private, Sergeant
Birth Date 1875-06-02
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Moama
Death Date 1961-10-28
Death Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Concord
Final Rank Lieutenant
Service S Africa
  • SA Constabulary
  • 1st Victorian Mounted Rifles
  • 6th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse
  • First World War, 1914-1918
  • South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
  • South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
Gazettes Biographical information They dared mightily. in 1963
Published in London Gazette in 1902-01-17
Published in London Gazette in 1902-04-18

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.



Date of birth 02 June 1875
Other units 1899 1st Victorian Mounted Infantry Company.
Other units 1901 South African Constabulary.
Date of honour or award 15 June 1901 Awarded Victoria Cross, for action at Thaba 'Nchu, Orange Free State, South Africa whilst serving with South African Constabulary as a Sergeant.
Date promoted 1902-03 - 1902-04 Appointed to command No. 3 Troop D squadron from H Company, Victoria Mounted Rifles.
Date promoted 09 March 1902 Commissioned as Lieutenant in the 6 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse.
Other units 06 December 1914 3rd Light Horse Brigade Train, Australian Army Service Corps.
Date of embarkation 02 February 1915
Date wounded 04 August 1915 Wounded at Gallipoli.
Other units 1916 Anzac Provost Corps, after release from Hospital in Egypt.
Date returned to Australia 1916-06 Invalided to Australia.
Discharged 31 December 1916 Appointment to A.I.F. ended.
Date of death 28 October 1961