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Victorian Mounted Rifles


While this is a little off topic, I am chasing information on the 2nd Contingent, Victorian Mounted Rifles, and in particular Ernest Edward Waterson. He is my brother in laws grandfather and at this stage very little is known of him. There is also a story that he enlisted in WWI but I cant find a listing for him in the Nominal Rolls.

(His son, Edward (Ted) enlisted with my dad at Condoblin in WWII and then failed his medical so he returned to victoria, rejoined the militia LH unit he had previously been in and transferred to the 2nd AIF. He and my father next met on the dock in Scotland and proceeded to go AWOL for a few days to celebrate!)
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Rob
As there is only one E. Waterson on the Boer War Nom Roll, I have to assume the following is your man. These excerpts are taken from a book put out by the Inglewood Historical Society, called OUR BOYS - Letters from the Front.

Inglewood Advertiser 5/1/1900:
"Departure of 'Our Boys'. As our readers are aware, eleven members of the local section of F. Company Victorian Rangers gave their names as willing to proceed to South Africa with the Second Contingent............
Out of the ten, seven successfully passed all the tests and were duly sworn in.
These were:
Privates Jno Turpie, P. Walker, H.R. Redwood, F. Dawson, F. Boys, H. Carter and E. Waterson. .............
The selected men left on Wednesday morning to go into camp at Melbourne. On the previous evening they were entertained by the townspeople at Boys' Pelican Hotel. ...."

Inglewood Advertiser, 27/11/1900
"........... Among those who went from Inglewood (apart from the Imperial Soldiers), and whose names are not included in the list of those returning, are Privates F. Boys, J. Turpie, and Waterson, the latter, however, being only a temporary resident here."

Inglewood Advertiser, 3/5/1901
"The following Inglewood and district soldiers arrived from South Africa by the Tongariro, namely Privates J.H. Turpie, [sign in to see URL], T. Mackin, E.C.[sic] Waterson, and W. Boyd."

Bendigo Advertiser, 5/6/1901
"Private E.E. Waterson, of the Second Victorian Contingent, who recently returned to Maldon from the South African war, where he was laid aside with Enteric fever, after taking part in many important engagements, was on Monday night tendered a welcome home by the [sign in to see URL]., of which he is a member. The gathering took place in the Temperance Hall, and was crowded to the doors, Bro. J. Dunkin, C.R., presiding. During the evening Private Waterson was presented with a handsome gold medal, on behalf of the members of the Lodge. The recipient suitably returned thanks. He is still weak from his recent severe illness. Private Payne was also present, and was well received. Private Waterson's friends at Baringup are also making arrangements for a suitable welcome."

There are a few letters from John Turpie, and although they don't mention E. Waterson, it's highly probable that they're describing events he was also involved in.
Let me know if you'd like copies.
Cheers, Heather.
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Thank you very much,,,, that is most certainly the man involved and any copies you could provide would be most appreciated.
According to "family history" Waterson died not long after he returned but we are still trying to pin that down.



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If you email me a postal address I'll send photocopies.
As to his death - have you checked the Vic. Death Registers? If not I'll check next time I'm at the library. Why? you may well ask - well his name is on the Boer War plaque on the Inglewood Memorial - and although at present I'm only researching the soldiers of WW1 - I'm still interested in the others, and might one day write their histories also.

Cheers Heather.
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Thank you for the copies,,,, they add a huge amount to our understanding of the gentleman. An interesting sidelight,,, his son Edward (Ted) and my dad were friends,,, I did not realise before that they were both orphaned at a young age.
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Hi Rob

A blast from the past!

I've sent you an email via the forum in the hope that it will find you - but if not - hoping you'll come across this message.

If you're still interested in information on EE Waterson, please contact me, as I can put you in contact with someone who wishes to help you.

Cheers, Frev
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I too am very interested in obtaining any information with regards to Ernest Edward Waterson as he was my Father's Grand Father. Would it be possible to get a copy the same information from you that you have supplied to this other person. I would be very greatful. Regards Amanda
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