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
E241 - South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
81 - South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
  • 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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Private
  • Unit: 1st Victorian Mounted Rifles
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Unit: 6th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of embarkation: 02 February 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: SA Constabulary
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
  • Awarded: Mention in despatches
  • Unit: SA Constabulary
  • Conflict: South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)

Collection Items


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