Jacob Kauffman

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Jacob Thomas Kauffman was a natural born British Subject, and was born in Ballarat. His father was Matthew Kaufman, gold miner. [1]

Jacob Kaufman married Jennie Rosson in England on 10 November 1917.[2]

Military Experience

Sapper (3953) Jacob Kauffman was a 25 year old single miner living at Ballarat when he enlisted on 29 February 1916. At the time of his embarkation he was in the 5th Tunnelling Company.[3] On 16 January 1917 he was attached to the 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company, rejoining the 2nd Tunneling Company on 03 September 1917.[4]

On 29 September 1916 Sapper Kauffman was taken on strength to the 2nd Tunnelling Company.[5]

He was affected by Mustard Gas on the Somme and evacuated to the 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham on 06 October 1918. He was declared permanently unfit with two thirds incapacity.[6]

Kauffman left England for return to Australia on board the Ascanius on 09 February 1919 and reached Melbourne on 03 April 1919.

Jacob Kauffman's mother wrote:

Dear Sir,
Could you kindly inform me if Sapper J.T. Kauffman No 3953 2nd Tunnelling Company is returning to Australia wirh his wife by the Osterly if so would you kindly spare two Admittance Cards.
And oblige
Mrs E. Kauffman
902 Skipton St, Ballarat.[7]

The officer in charge of Base Records responded:

14 February 1919
Dear Madam,
I have to acknowledge receipt of your letter to state, no information has been received here to date that your son No 3959 Sapper J.T. Kauffman, 2nd Tunneling Company, is returning to Australia, but when advice to this effect comes to hand next-of-kin, shown as Father, will be promptly notified. If Mr Kauffman is also resident at the address from which you write it will be necessary for him to notify this office in order that the records may be amended.
This Department is not notifies when wives of members of the Australian Imperial Force are proceeding to Australia. It is, therefore, suggested you communicate with the Deputy Comptroller,Department of Repatriation, Melbourne, for the information you desire regarding your son's wife.
Yours faithfully
Major (Illegible)

The Deputy Comptroller informed Mr Kauffman:

28 May,1919
Deputy Comptroller,
Department of Repatriation,
Wellington Parade South, Jolimont, Melbourne.
Dear Sir,
With reference to your communication (R/53843/A7) of 23rd instant, I have to inform you that records are held for No. 3953 Sapper J.T. Kauffman, 2nd Tunnelling Company. This soldier returned per transport "Ascanius", disembarking at Melbourne on 03 April 1919.
Records show that the above mentioned soldier was married in England on 10 November 1917. Next-of-kin is recorded as:-
Mrs J.Kauffman (wife)
C/o Mrs Rosson,
Back of No 19 Back Street
Bedford, England
Yours Faithfully

After the war Jacob Kauffman was living in Verdon Street, Sebastopol.[8]

See also

2nd Tunnelling Company

5th Tunnelling Company


  1. NAA: B2455 Kauffman Jacot Thomas.
  2. NAA: B2455 Kauffman Jacot (sic) Thomas.
  3. Research by Damian Finlayson
  4. NAA: B2455 Kauffman Jacot Thomas.
  5. NAA: B2455 Kauffman Jacot Thomas.
  6. NAA: B2455 Kauffman Jacot Thomas.
  7. NAA: B2455 Kauffman Jacot Thomas.
  8. NAA: B2455 Kauffman Jacot Thomas.

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