Friday, January 15, 2010
In the war between the Boer states and Great Britain Canadians took an active part. With the exception of the Sudan expedition this was the first time that Canadian soldiers served outside of the Dominion of Canada. Canadian politics being what they were all were volunteers. The Canadian Militia Act forbade sending active regiments overseas. A problem that would be addressed by the formation of battalions in 1914.
Six contingents numbering 7,300 officers, non-commissioned officers, and men served in South Africa. The first contingent (2nd (Special Service) Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry)
was enlisted for a 6 month duration with the liability of serving for one year. They sailed from Quebec, on SS. Sardinian, 30th October, 1899; arrived at Cape Town on 29th November 1899. Company ’B’ was recruited from Southwestern Ontario. Company ‘B’ returned to London, Ontario, December 25, 1900.
“The London Free Press, December 26, 1900” welcomed back Company ’B’ under the headline “A KHAKI CHRISTMAS”, and listed the soldiers by name and town of origin.
Pte. J. Breeden, Brantford Pte. F. G. Stanbury, St.Thomas
Pte. H.G. Ballard, Stratford Pte. F. Sutherland, St.Thomas
Pte. J.C. Beers, Windsor Pte. F. W. Turner, London
Pte. W. Burgin, Brantford Pte. W. G. Wardell, London
Pte. H. Burwell, London Pte. A. B. Webb, Huron
Pte. A.G. Burwell, London Pte. W. Westaway, London
Pte. A.E. Cole, London Pte. J. Wells, Guelph
Pte. P. Delmer, London Pte. A. H. Wheatcroft, London
Pte. W. Foote, London Pte. G. White, London
Pte. C. Green, London Pte. A. R. Wilson, Brantford
Pte. W.J. Green, St.Thomas Pte. G. W. Woodliffe, London
Pte. J.C. Hill, London Pte. J.B. Milliken, London
Pte. J. Herrick, London Pte. P.N. Stacey, St.Thomas
Pte. P.C. Ingamills, London Pte. R. G. Aitkins, Fergus
Pte. K.G. Johnston, Sarnia Sergt. G. R. B. Sippi, London
Pte. C.B. Little, London Sergt. F. Gorman, Sarnia
Pte. H. Lane, Woodstock Corp. H. Little, London
Pte. J. McCalla, St.Catherines Corp. A. Bethune, London
Pte. W. W. McMahan, London Corp. R. W. Wilson, Tilsonburg
Pte. D.C. McMillan, Sarnia Corp. J. C. Biggs, Windsor
Pte. G. Odlum, Woodstock Lance Corp. G. W. Munroe, Ailsa Craig
Pte. E.W. Peart, St.Mary’s Hospital Sergt. A. V. Becher, London
Pte. J.B. Robinson, Windsor Bugler, E. N. Dolman, Windsor
Pte. C. R. Scott, Sarnia
This list represents only those who were dropped off to be demobilized in London. Others went on to their own towns, and I will try to organize lists for future blog posts.
The photo is of the Boer War Memorial in Victoria Park, London, Ontario. http://www.victoria-park.com/