The Boer War – Victor Jones the First Australian Trooper

In the year 1900, the Boer war took place, and the first contingent from Queensland was at the front of the battle line. The Australian archives have kept several letters from the period to commemorate the lives of the soldiers who fought the war. After over a 100 years, the notes were released as a tribute to the soldier Victor Jones from the first contingent. The letters carried extraordinary value and had details never disclosed before.

The Story Behind Trooper Victor Jones

Before the Boer War, Victor Jones is said to have worked for the Mount Morgan Company which was located in Queensland. He was a hard worker who steadily rose from being a plain office boy to someone who took on more significant responsibilities. He was then deployed to serve in the army and fought at the Boer War. He was 27 years old and 6 feet tall. His dedication to his country came before his position in the company and the comfort of his family. At the announcement of the war, Victor immediately enlisted to fight in the battle after saying goodbye to his family and home.

The story and life of Victor Jones have been released by his family, with his brother GB Jones relaying most of the information. GB Jones describes his brother to have been very forthcoming in his decision to serve Queen and country. Victor was the first party of men who served under Lieutenant AG Adie. He was one of the first four men in the scouting party that he served in. He was sent to fight at the Sunnyside event and was ambushed by 14 Boers and killed on the veldt.

Another Queenslander was killed on the same day and was not identified. However, the Guilt of Loyal Women of South Africa worked hard toward locating the two men and gave them burial. The graves where the trooper and private lay to rest were marked, so the family was able to pay tribute for years to come. After the graves were marked, a member of the Guild wrote a detailed letter in September 1901 to request the Governor of Queensland, to inform the family. Her intentions were pure and asked for the family’s wishes to be administered toward the grave.

Trooper Victor Jones Stands Tall

The letter that Charlotte wrote to the Governor was sent to GB jones who immediately wrote to her. She had taken an interest in every lost life no matter how insignificant they were, and the family greatly appreciated her forthcoming attitude. As a request from the family, a headstone was erected to honour Victor and his role in the war. However, the funds that were required to build the tombstone never arrived, till a year later another lady wrote to the Jones’ family about the funds which were sent right away. Today the grave of Trooper stands tall in South Africa to commemorate the life of an Australian trooper who fought for family and country. The dedication of the family in the erection of the gravestone in another country shows the dedicated family that Jones hailed from. Thanks to their commitment, records about the first ever recorded Australian trooper deaths are recorded and celebrated among the hundreds of unmarked graves.