Victorian Naval Forces Muster
|for the Colony of Victoria. (muster range 1853-1910)*
|First Name:||Roger Bocking|
| Birth Date: ||24-02-1864|
|Branch:||Naval Brigade - Sandridge (Pt. Melb)|
Roger Bocking Hamerton
With 88 cm. (34 1/2 in.) rifled barrel, sighted to 800 yards, the lock numbered '858', steel mounts, sling swivels, ramrod missing, the stock stamped 'R Hamerton 126 VNC China 1900' 133 cm. (52 1/4 in.) See illustration NOTES This rifle was souvenired from the Boxer Rebellion by a member of the Victorian Naval Contingent.
Profile in The Australian Illustrated Enclclopaedia of The Boxer Uprising 1899-1901, Justin Corfield, Slouch Hat Publications, McCrae Australia, 2001.
* 1853 is given as the commencement date for the Victorian Navy as this is the year that Commander Lockyer (RN) went to Britain to superintend the building of HMCS Victoria.
Although the Victorian Navy ended in 1901 the career of Cerbeus etc continued. In 1910 the new ships started arriving & manning levels increased.
Information & photographs of men who served in the Victorian Naval Forces is eagerly sought. Please contact the webmaster.
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