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Postby Michael T » 09 Oct 2016 05:25

Memorial plaque Mildura RSL Australia to R E Topham 5th Victorian Contingent S.A. 1901
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Re: Memorial

Postby Bushman » 10 Oct 2016 03:05

Topham was born in 1867 and his NOK is shown as being in New Zealand. Here is a news report at the time of the dedication of the plaque. He was a member of the 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles. The Pugsley mentioned incidentally although an Australian was a British Regular RFA
Thursday, 12th June [1913], being the anniversary of the death of Corporal Ted TOPHAM at Wilmaransrust, during the Boer War, the Mildura branch of the South African Soldiers' Association, represented by the President (Major BROWN), Comrades BLACKBURN, JACKSON, PUGSLEY, KEIL, HYNES, GOODE and BAILEY, met for the purpose of paying reverence to the memory of their late comrade. They were joined by the Chairman, committee and members of the Working Man's Club in the reading room of the Club, where a memorial tablet had been erected to the memory of the late Corporal TOPHAM. Major BROWN, with a few appropriate remarks, attached a wreath to the Union Jack, which was draped round the tablet. The company then retired to the committee room, where, at the invitation of the Chairman, a toast was given to the memory of their late comrade, which was, taken in silence.
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