Biography

Birth date: 02 June 1875
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Moama
Death date: 28 October 1961
Death place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Concord
Final rank: Lieutenant
Service number: First World War, 1914-1918
81 - South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
E241 - South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
Units:
  • SA Constabulary
  • 1st Victorian Mounted Rifles
  • 6th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse

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.

Rolls and Awards

Pre First World War Conflicts Nominal Rolls

  • Rank: Private
  • Unit: 1st Victorian Mounted Rifles
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

Pre First World War Conflicts Nominal Rolls

  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Unit: 6th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of embarkation: 02 February 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: SA Constabulary
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: SA Constabulary
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

Collection Items

Photograph

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SERGEANT (LATER LIEUTENANT) J. ROGERS, VC, OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONSTABULARY. SERGEANT ROGERS WAS AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR GALLANTRY IN ACTION AGAINST THE BOERS AT THABA 'NAHU DURING THE SOUTH AFRICAN WAR. HE RESCUED AN OFFICER AND FOUR MEN UNDER HEAVY FIRE WHEN A SMALL REARGUARD WAS SUDDENLY...

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The only living Australian Victoria Cross winner of the Boer War, Mr James Rogers of Kew (left), with his son 420499 Pilot Officer Gordon L. S. Rogers during a vist to the RAAF School of Administration for his son's passing out as a Pilot Officer in the RAAF.

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MELBOURNE, 1927-11. A FORMAL GROUP PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN AT THE VICTORIA CROSS REUNION DINNER. LEFT TO RIGHT: STANDING: MR W.D. JOYNT VC, SQUADRON LEADER F.H. MCNAMARA VC RAAF, MR J. ROGERS VC, LIEUTENANT G.M. INGRAM VC, MR W. PEELER VC, MR L.D. MCCARTHY VC, CROIX DE GUERRE, MR R.V. MOON VC; FRONT ROW:...

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Private Record

Sound

Sergeant James Rogers VC, interviewed by Glen Menzies (Taken from ABC programme "Scope")

A transcript of this recording may be available. For further information please contact the Sound section.

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War Correspondent - Program 5: Sergeant James Rogers VC

The radio series "War Correspondent", Program 5: Sergeant James Rogers VC, produced by the Directorate of Public Relations. The story of Sgt Rogers who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Boer War in South Africa, 1899-1902. Rogers had served in South Africa with the Victorian...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1875-06-02
Other units 1899 1st Victorian Mounted Infantry Company.
Other units 1901 South African Constabulary.
Date of honour or award 1901-06-15 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 1902-03-09 Commissioned as Lieutenant in the 6 Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse.
Other units 1914-12-06 3rd Light Horse Brigade Train, Australian Army Service Corps.
Date of embarkation 1915-02-02
Date wounded 1915-08-04 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 1916-12-31 Appointment to A.I.F. ended.
Date of death 1961-10-28