Topic: BW - NSW - NSWCBC
New South Wales Citizens Bushmans Contingent
James Daniel Duff
James Daniel Duff was born in 1875 at Tingha, NSW. A lessee by trade, Duff enlisted in the NSW Citizens' Bushmen becoming and 34 Trooper James Daniel Duff and allotted to "A" Squadron. Duff is recorded in Murray, p. 76. At the end of the month, on 28 February 1900, the men of the contingent boarded the SS Atlantian from Cowper Wharf where they remained for the next 24 hours. The next day, following Admiralty rules, on 1 March 1900, the ship departed Sydney Heads for South Africa. Duff was killed in action by Boer Pom Poms at Elands River on 4 August 1900.
Initially Trooper James Daniel Duff was buried in a communal grave along with Staff Sergeant James Mitchell, Trooper John Waddell, and Trooper James Edward Walker. After 1966 Waddell was reburied in a single grave with his own metal head piece.
For more information about the battle at Elands River, the War Diary of the NSW Imperial Bushmen details this action. A report on the action was filed by Major Tunbridge on 18 August 1900.