Fonds ID489 - John R. McCulley

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John R. McCulley

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  • 1900-1901 (Creation)
    McCulley, John R.

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3 cm of textual records

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(b. ca. 1878)

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John R. McCulley (b. ca. 1878), one of three sons of Samuel Upham McCulley, was born in Chatham, New Brunswick. Heenlisted in the Royal Canadian Dragoons (Canadian Mounted Rifles) in 1900 at Sussex, New Brunswick for service in the Boer War (South African War 1899-1902). John McCulley was among the 352 men, 18 officers and 368 horses who left Halifax 21 February 1900 bound for Capetown, South Africa aboard the "Milwaukee". During the South African service, the Royal Canadian Dragoons participated in some 40 engagements ranging from full-scale battles to small skirmishes involving only a small number of men. By early December 1900, the unit returned to Capetown, boarded the "S.S. Roselyn Castle" and sailed for home on 13 December. The troops arrived at Halifax on 9 January 1901 then proceeded to their homes by train.

On 17 October 1901, while on their royal tour of Canada, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary) presented the Queen's South Africa Medal to John McCulley and other veterans at the Exhibition Centre in Saint John, N.B. John R. McCulley worked as a surveyor in civilian life. It is believed that all the McCulley brothers had settled in British Columbia by 1941.

Daniel F. Johnson and Byron O'Leary, "The South Africa War"
W.D. Hamilton, "Dictionary of Miramichi Biography"

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The fonds consists of a diary kept by John R. McCulley during service in the Boer War. It includes a description of the voyage from Halifax, Nova Scotia. in February 1900, daily life aboard ship, arrival in Capetown, South Africa, and troop movements from March to December 1900 as well as details of the return voyage to Canada. There are some names soldiers killed in action and names of wounded, including the nature of their injuries. There is mention of outbreaks of enteric fever, including the author's own, place names such as Bloomfontein and Pretoria. There is a list of dates, with South African locations or engagements and remarks which were taken from the official record of the 1st Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles plus a few other facts pertinent to this unit including numbers of wounded and killed in action.

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Acquired from T.K.L. Rowe, (Victoria, B.C.) in 1991


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  • English

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Front cover loose

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