Canadian Military History Gateway
Subject > Wars, Battles and Conflicts > Canada, the nation, since 1867 > South African War > Battle of Leliefontein
A second contingent of Canadian soldiers was offered to the British with better training and suitability for South African service. This contingent was composed of five field artillery batteries and two mounted infantry battalions. Canada’s first overseas Victoria Crosses were won by members of this group.
Leliefontein was the most desperate situation faced by Canadians during the South African War. In the morning of November 6, 1900, British and Canadian troops dispersed a large Boer commando across the Komati River. Later, British troops retreated to Belfast while the Royal Canadian Dragoons covered their rearguard. The Boers used the British retreat as an opportunity to launch strong attacks against the Canadian Line.
Canadian War Museum
Three maps that show the location of the Battle of Leliefontein and the movement of British, Canadian, and Boer troops between 9am and 11am on November 7, 1900, near Belfast, South Africa.