Fonds 14.82 - Boer War

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Boer War

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CA HM 14.82

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  • 1899-1901; 1914-1918 (Creation)
    Boer War

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156 Photographs

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Officially this was the Second Boer War. This was saw the might of the British Empire pitted against the small population of independent Boers in South Africa. This war turned into an international humiliation when the Boers were able to bog down the British and cause the war to drag on for years, rather than the purported months claimed by British authorities. Reinforcements from the Empire swelled the Empire forces to over half-a-million men. This war machine was pitted against a Boer force of 75 000. The British employed the use of the first concentration camps, gathering up Boer families and concentrating them into small enclosures. The overwhelming British Force coupled with the psychological effects of the concentration of the Boer families turned the war in favour of the British thereby ending the war.

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Armoured School
CFB Gagetown
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.

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Fonds consists of 156 photographs from the Boer war, including photographs of a Queens Own Rifles of Canada cap badge with a 2 in the Center, four medals from Left to right: Distinguished Service Order, Queen's South Africa Medal, British War Medal, and the Victory Medal and of a pencil shaped like a bullet and inside a cartridge from 1914. List of Photos available.

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