State: South Australia
Issued on: Return
Date of presentation: 20/08/1901
Number issued: 1

 

Gold medal, suitably inscribed, to:

4th South Australian (Imperial Bushmen's) Contingent –
16 Corporal [promoted Sergeant] John Henry DOWNER
 

Inscribed: "Presented to Sergeant Downer for his kindness to invalids on the S.S. Britannic by his comrades of the 4th I.B.C.".

Sent to Sergeant Downer while in Melbourne.

"There were 90 cases of measles on the Britannic on her return from South Africa with the Imperial Bushmen. Sergeant J.H. Downer, son of [Senator] Sir John Downer, proved himself invaluable as a nurse and medical adviser".

 

Hobart Mercury, 21/08/1901
Adelaide Observer, 01/03/1902
 
 
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North Western Advocate, 21st August 1901
 

PRESENTATION TO A SERGEANT

Melbourne, Tuesday.

Sergeant DOWNER, son of Senator Downer, and who is at present in Melbourne, received from the members of the Imperial Bushmen's contingent a gold medal of beautiful workmanship, bearing the following inscription: “Presented to Sergeant Downer for his kindness to invalids on s.s. Britannic by his comrades of the fourth I.B.C.”
 
 
Adelaide Chronicle, 24th August 1901
 

MILITARY.

As will be remembered, there were 90 cases of measles on the Britannic on her return from South Africa with the Imperial Bushmen. Sergeant J.H. DOWNER, son of Sir John Downer, proved himself invaluable as a nurse and medical adviser, and on Tuesday in Melbourne he received a gold medal of beautiful workmanship, bearing on one side the following inscription: — “Presented to Sergeant Downer for his kindness to invalids on the S.S. Britannic by his comrades of the 4th I.B.C.”, and on the other side his initials. Sergeant DOWNER, who is in Melbourne, not knowing what member to address, wishes to tender his profound thanks to his comrades for their kindness.