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2nd Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles, in the South African War

Type: Document

The Canadian Department of Militia and Defence would equip and train the new regiment for South Africa, and the British would pay its costs. When the unit finally sailed from Canada in January 1902, it was a six-squadron regiment of 901 officers and men. Together with the 10th Canadian Field Hospital, it formed the third Canadian contingent of the Canadian Mounted Rifles.

Site: Canadian War Museum

More Canadian Contributions

Type: Document

Canadian government control of the recruiting process resulted, in 1901, in the formation and dispatch, to South Africa, of the Canadian Yeomanry, later called the 2nd Regiment Canadian Mounted Rifles. Four more mounted units were later sent along with more volunteers serving as nurses, medical orderlies, cobblers and blacksmiths, and some 300 Canadian irregulars. RMC trained officers served with distinction receiving British commissions.

Site: National Defence

Battle of Harts River (Boschbult) - South African War

Type: Document

In mid-March 1902, the 2nd Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles drove 2500 Boers into the desolate far western reaches of the Transvaal. Prospects seemed good, but the Boers, in fact, outnumbered the British force, and had the advantage of terrain.

Site: Canadian War Museum