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1899-1901; 1914-1918 (Creation)
- Boer War
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The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, originally the Second Battalion, Volunteer Militia Rifles of Canada, was formed on 26 April 1860. The cap badge still bears the number “2” in recognition of its seniority among regiments in Canada. In 1863 the name changed to 2nd Battalion Queen's Own Rifles of Toronto. It was under this name that the regiment fought at the Battle of Ridgeway, during the Fenian Raids of 1866. In 1882 the Regiment officially became the 2nd Battalion Queen's Own Rifles of Canada.
When Louis Riel launched the North-West Rebellion in 1885, the Queen's Own fought the Cree Chief Poundmaker at the Battle of Cut Knife Creek.
The Regiment's first overseas action was in 1899-1902 providing 33 soldiers for duty in the South African (Boer) War. These men became part of "C" Company (representing Toronto), of the 2nd (Special Service) Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment.