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Wednesday, 24 September 2003
2nd Australian Commonwealth Horse, Victoria, Outline
Topic: BW - Vic - 2ACH

2nd ACH (Vic)

2nd Australian Commonwealth Horse, Victoria

Outline

 


Map illustrating the activities of the Australian Commonwealth Horse in South Africa, 1902.

[From: Chamberlain, M., The Australians in the South African War 1899-1902, Canberra, 1999.]

 

In 1911, Lieutenant-Colonel P. L. Murray, produced a marvellous Boer War reference detailing all the contingents sent from Australia to South Africa, giving a brief history of the formation and finally, listing all the soldiers who saw service in South Africa with that unit. The book was called, Official Records of the Australian Military Contingents to the War in South Africa. It is now the standard reference and starting place for any person interested in pursuing information about Australian involvement in the Boer War.

Murray, P. L., Official Records of the Australian Military Contingents to the War in South Africa, p. 307.

 


The Second Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse. Victorian Units.

This Battalion was raised after Federation, to represent Australian troops, upon the same principles as the first battalion. It consisted of three Victorian units (or companies), one from South Australia„ and one (half-company) from Western Australia, together with the battalion staff.

Preference was given to men who had had experience in the war, but candidates were also eligible who were acquainted with country life in Australia, also the management of horses, and were good shots. As a matter of fact, almost the whole of the staff, the company officers, and the N.C.O.'s and men had served in previous Contingents. Some had belonged to South African regiments. Married men ware not selected except for N.C.O.'s of exceptional merit.


Clothing, Etc.

Uniform consisted of F.S. jacket, pants, puttees, F.S. hat, F.S. cap, greatcoat, together with boots and a full kit of underclothing, necessaries, etc.

Equipped with rifles and bayonets, and bandolier belts; fully horsed and provided with saddlery. Vide Appendix II (Murray).

Regimental transport was also provided.


Pay.

Up to date of embarkation, this was at Imperial cavalry rates. After embarkation as follows:

Colonel or lieut.-colonel, £1 5s. per diem, with 4s. field allowance; major, £1 3s., and 4s.; captain, £1 1s., and 3s.; lieutenant, 15s., and 2s. 6d.; adjutant, as for captain or lieutenant, according to rank; quartermaster, as for captain; paymaster, if captain, same; medical officer, £1, and 3s., veterinary officer, £l, and 3s.; chaplain, £1 1s., and 3s.; regimental sergeant-major, 9s.; quartermaster-sergeant, 8s. 8d.; farrier-sergeant, 8s. 6d.; farrier staff sergeant, 8s. 8d.; company sergeant major, 8s.; company quartermaster-sergeant, 8s; sergeants, 7s.; corporals (if paid lance-sergeants), 6s. 6d.; corporals and paid lance-corporals, 6s.; buglers, 6s.; privates, 5s. N.C. officers not above the rank of sergeant, acting as farrier sergeant, or farrier staff-sergeant, and privates, acting as buglers, saddlers, or shoeing-smiths, 1s. per diem extra.

Officers were allowed £30 to provide equipment, &c.


Establishment.

Detail of a company :-1 major or captain, 4 lieutenants, 1 company Sergeant major, l company quartermaster-sergeant, 1 farrier-sergeant, 4 sergeants, 3 shoeing-smith, 1 saddler, 2 buglers, 6 corporals, 97 privates; total, 5 officers, 6 staff sergeants and sergeants, 5 artificers, 2 buglers, 103 rank and file; total, 121, with the like number of horses.

Add battalion staff:- 4 officers, 3 staff-sergeants, with 8 horses. Total of staff and three companies - 20 officers, 21 staff-sergeants and sergeants, 15 artificers, 6 buglers, 309 rank and file; in all, 371, with 401 horses, including 30 spare.

A chaplain accompanied the battalion.


Departure And Return.

The staff and Victorian unite left 12th February, 1902, comprising-21 officers, 351 others, with 401 horses, One died, 2 officers, 77 others were struck off in South Africa; 19 officers, 273 others returned.
 

 

Further Reading:

2nd Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse, Victoria

2nd Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse, Victoria, Roll of Honour

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: 2nd Australian Commonwealth Horse, Victoria, Outline

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Monday, 3 May 2010 11:11 PM EADT
Tuesday, 23 September 2003
2nd Australian Commonwealth Horse, Victoria, Nominal Roll
Topic: BW - Vic - 2ACH

2nd ACH (Vic) 

2nd Australian Commonwealth Horse, Victoria

Nominal Roll

 

In 1911, Lieutenant-Colonel P. L. Murray, produced a marvellous Boer War reference detailing all the contingents sent from Australia to South Africa, giving a brief history of the formation and finally, listing all the soldiers who saw service in South Africa with that unit. The book was called, Official Records of the Australian Military Contingents to the War in South Africa. It is now the standard reference and starting place for any person interested in pursuing information about Australian involvement in the Boer War.

Murray, P. L., Official Records of the Australian Military Contingents to the War in South Africa, pp. 309 - 316.

 

2nd Australian Commonwealth Horse (Victoria)



562 Private Edward ABSALOM

480 Private Phipps Alexander ADAMS

660 Private Jesse Frederick ALBON

494 Lance Corporal John ALLSOPP

458 Private Andrew Frederick ANDERSON

631 Lance Corporal Clifford Harry ANDERSON

483 Private David ANDERSON

707 Private Leslie ANDERSON

693 Private John ARNOLD

457 Private William ASKER

 

550 Private George BAILEY

459 Private William BAIRD

429 Private Thomas BALDWIN

560 Private Thomas BANNISTER

676 Private Charles Henry BAPTIE

639 Private James BAPTIE

675 Private Thomas Richard BAPTIE

488 Private Edward BARKER

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605 Private Angus BEGGS

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589 Private William BELL

431 Private George BELLMER

486 Private Louis Henry BERTRAND

695 Private Harry Peter BEYER

433 Private Henry BLAIR

728 Private Walter John James BLOOMFIELD

696 Private Alfred John BOLLEN

559 Private William BONNETT

575 Corporal Abed Michael BOURKE

553 Private William Arthur BOWLER

502 Company Sergeant Major Reginald Cummins BOYES

430 Saddler David James BRADFORD

651 Private George BRAIN

709 Private John BREEN

421 Private Charles BRIGGS

658 Private Charles BROOKS

515 Corporal John BROOKS

462 Private Walter James BROWNE

641 Corporal George Richmond BRUCE

432 Private Angus McLeod BUCHANAN

613 Private Harold Mortimer BURKITT

733 Private Albert BURROWS

566 Private Albert John BUTCHER

679 Private Percy Vivian BUTLER

539 Private Thomas Charles BUTT

442 Private William Archer BYRON

Lieutenant Thomas Stewart CAHILL

572 Private George Edwin CALK

590 Private Edward Arthur CALLAWAY

646 Private John CAMERON

622 Private Archibald Lachlan CAMPBELL

419 Private Timothy John CANTWELL

510 Private Frederick CAPP

456 Farrier Sergeant David John CAREY

491 Private Robert CARNIE

492 Private Samuel Henry CARSONS

603 Private Herbert CARTER

645 Private James McCracken CHALMERS

427 Private Victor CHIRON

596 Private Charles CHRISTENSEN

640 Private John CLARK

479 Trumpeter Reginald Valentine CLARKE

745 Private Robert Duncan CLEVERLEY

461 Private Frank Eardley COCHRAN

593 Private John COCHRAN

746 Private Ferdinand John COE

511 Private George CONDY

624 Private Francis Bernhardt CONWAY

606 Private James CONWAY

594 Private Charles Frederick Mills COOK

416 Private William James COOK

687 Private Harry Ernest COOKE

460 Lance Corporal Herbert James COOKE

578 Private Edward Garden COOPER

674 Private Reginald John COOPER

428 Lance Corporal Caesar Stephen CORLETT

516 Private Frederick COUSTLEY

558 Private Frederick CRAWFORD

584 Private William CROOKE

535 Private William CURTISS

426 Private Daniel Henry DALEY

424 Private Robert James DALTON

556 Private William James DALTON

555 Private John Hugh DAVIES

Lieutenant Albert Thomas DAY

554 Private Thomas Ewan DE WARDT

557 Sergeant Leslie DEEGAN

574 Shoeing Smith George Edward DENNIS

425 Private Ernest Norman Vere DITCHBURN

517 Private Ambrose DIXON

653 Private Frank Leslie DOBSON

735 Private Michael DREW

642 Private James Robert DUFF

490 Sergeant Francis Edward DUREAU

513 Sergeant Harry EDE

599 Private Edward Patrick ELLIGATE

552 Private Frederick Mortimer ELLIS

731 Private William George EMMETT

698 Private Donald Wallace EUNSON

470 Shoeing Smith Archibald Douglas FAIRLIE

744 Private Arthur FARRANT

505 Private Gustavus Henry FECKNER

718 Saddler John FERGUSON

455 Private John FISHLOCK

423 Private Edward FITZPATRICK

543 Private John FITZPATRICK

681 Private Mathew George FITZPATRICK

422 Private Herbert FORD

454 Corporal James Peter FOX

667 Private William FREEME

688 Private George Edward FRYER

478 Private Arthur Joseph GARDINER

727 Private John Fraser GARDINER

712 Private William GARDNER

Lieutenant Richard Reginald GARLAND

585 Private Oswald Ventry GAYER

563 Private James GEDDES

452 Private Thomas GEDDES

Lieutenant Thomas Hyland GERMAINE

420 Private Frederick John GILES

742 Lance Corporal George Craig GOODWIN

713 Private Adolphus GORDON

601 Private FR GRANT

678 Trumpeter James Gordon GRAY

610 Private William Henry GRAY

654 Private Arthur Ernest GRIGG

521 Private James Wallace GRIGGS

665 Private David GROVES

632 Lance Corporal John Henry HAMILTON

549 Private Charles Stewart HAMMOND

638 Private Samuel HANKS

514 Private Charles George HARLEY

600 Private Sedgwick Percy HARPER

450 Private Thomas William HARRIS

451 Farrier Sergeant Mark HAWKER

748 Shoeing Smith William Henry HAYDON

648 Private Edward George HAYES

647 Private Harry James HAYES

738 Private Matthew HAYES

715 Private Henry HAZEL

580 Private James HEANEY

703 Private William Theodore HERALD

449 Private Henry HERBERT

410 Private George HERON

548 Trumpeter John William HERSCHELL

538 Private Frederick HEYWOOD

417 Private Walter Herbert HILBRICK

750 Private Aubrey George Denniston HOAD

Lieutenant Francis Joseph HOLMES

418 Private Albert HOOLEY

714 Trumpeter Frank HORTLE

561 Private George HOWARD

582 Corporal Arthur Walter Joseph HUGHES

485 Private James Lawrence HUGHES

581 Corporal Lewis HYLAND

692 Private Herbert Francis Kearney IEVERS

447 Private Gilbert Arthur IRVINE

493 Trumpeter John JEFFERYES

635 Private Richard Broughton JEFFREYS

475 Corporal Thomas JENNER

725 Private Alexander JOHNSTONE

591 Corporal John JORDAN

547 Private Robert JORDAN

710 Private John KELLY

576 Private William Irvine KELLY

673 Private Samuel Teale KERR

592 Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant James Ernest KIDGELL

434 Private Walter Litchfield KING

468 Private Frederick Thomas LAMB

499 Private Hugh LEE

415 Private Maurice LEE

Lieutenant Harry LOCKETT

445 Private Joseph LODER

Vet. Lieutenant Bertram Benjamin LOEL

495 Company Quartermaster Sergeant Herbert LOVE

719 Private Alfred John LOVELACE

544 Private Ernest Gustive John LURMAN

567 Private John LYONS

438 Private Thomas George MADDEN

619 Private Arthur MAHONEY

532 Private Thomas Gardiner MALLETT

577 Private Henry MARTIN

743 Private Joseph Ernest MASON

520 Private Frank Reginald MATHEWS

541 Corporal Robert Stephen MCALPIN

439 Private John Campbell MCCALLUM

534 Private John MCCANCE

542 Shoeing Smith James MCCLELLAND

411 Private William John MCCOY

519 Private Alexander MCDONALD

588 Private Angus MCDONALD

721 Private Hugh MCDONALD

598 Private Alfred James MCGINTY

621 Lance Corporal Robert MCGROUTHER

Chaplain John MCINERNEY

649 Private Thomas John MCINTYRE

739 Private Daniel Thomas MCKEE

564 Lance Corporal Henry Devine MCLAY

697 Private Norman MCLEAN

Lieutenant Colonel Duncan MCLEISH

611 Lance Corporal Duncan MCPHERSON

412 Lance Corporal William MCPHERSON

670 Private Edward MCRAE

512 Private Daniel MEAGHER

413 Private William MERCHANT

414 Saddler Percival Benjamin MILES

569 Private Herman MILLER

722 Private Robert MILLER

546 Private Frederick Thomas MILNE

609 Private William Alfred MITCHELMORE

545 Private William James MOON

579 Private Arthur Thomas MOORE

737 Private Francis Richard MOORE

741 Private William MOORE

500 Private William Ernest MORRELL

636 Private Henry Sproule MORRISON

466 Corporal Joseph Ignatius MULCAHY

543 Private Claude Bland MUNRO

482 Private Herbert Richard MURPHY

650 Private Arthur Ernest NEWSON

694 Private John Thomas NEWTON

705 Private William Oscar NORMAN

659 Private Henry O'BRIEN

671 Private John James O'BRIEN

662 Private Hugh Alexander O'DONNELL

729 Private Neil OLHOLM

637 Shoeing Smith John Thomas Joseph O'LINN

701 Private Charles Henry OLIVER

537 Private William Edmund O'TOOLE

643 Private George Robert PALMER

717 Private Charles PARKER

484 Lance Corporal Stanley Hamilton PARROTT

436 Private David Simpson PATTINSON

568 Private Andrew Cameron PAUL

726 Private Reuben PAYNE

734 Private Frederick James PEARCE

504 Private Joseph Kirkby PEARSON

551 Private Robert James PEDDER

Captain Henry William PENDLEBURY

463 Company Quartermaster Sergeant Jacob PERRY

508 Private James PILKINGTON

531 Private Peter PINDER

685 Corporal Thomas PITT

583 Private Robert Henry POOR

623 Private Albert Thomas PORTER

633 Private Walter John POTTON

604 Private Francis Herbert POULTER

Lieutenant James POWELL

720 Private William POWELL

Lieutenant Alfred Howard PRESS

533 Sergeant Joseph Howells QUINEY

536 Private Robert QUINN

448 Private John Michael QUIRK

518 Private Joseph Edward QUIRK

629 Private Roy Moore RALPH

473 Private Charles REES

751 Warrant Officer James RICHARDSON

Lieutenant Ernest Alfred ROBERTS

608 Private William Aitkin ROBERTS

708 Private Robert ROBERTSON

408 Private William Joseph ROBINSON

446 Private Albert Frederick ROFE

474 Private Frank ROGERS

444 Private Llewellyn Edward ROGERS

690 Private Harry Morgan ROSE

409 Private Charles William ROUSE

626 Private Charles Thomas ROUTLEY

506 Private William RUDD

625 Private John Trewin RUNNALLS

614 Private William Benjamin RUSSELL

525 Sergeant Edwin Christie RYAN

595 Private James Cue RYAN

496 Private James Joseph RYAN

587 Sergeant Michael Francis RYAN

586 Private Joseph Francis SABELBERG

Lieutenant David SANDFORD

597 Private Frederick Owen SANDS

465 Private Albert Henry SANSON

530 Company Sergeant Major Henry George SAVAGE

612 Private Alfred SCOTT

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655 Private Thomas SCOTT

407 Private Percy SELBY

406 Staff Sergeant Edwin Sutherland SEYMOUR

749 Private James Dudley SEYMOUR

628 Private Archibald Samuel SHAW

401 Private Harold SHAW

509 Corporal William Thomas SHEEHAN

663 Private James William SHREEVE

724 Private Ferdinand James SIDES

736 Private Thomas SKENE

684 Private George SKILLECORN

487 Corporal Charles Reginald SKIRVING

618 Private James Joseph SLATTERY

664 Private Benjamin SMART

704 Private George Barnet SMITH

669 Private Joseph Andrew SMITH

477 Lance Corporal Thomas Ignatius SMITH

732 Private William Ambrose SMITH

405 Private Francis Sydney SMYTH

570 Private Samuel SOMERVILLE

476 Private Alfred SOUTH

404 Sergeant Charles William SPEERS

691 Shoeing Smith JS SPENCER

682 Farrier Sergeant Thomas SPENCER

507 Company Sergeant Major William SPOONER

441 Sergeant Alfred John STACEY

464 Private Thomas Alexander STEELE

503 Private Alexander STOCK

443 Private Simon William STRAHAN

615 Private St. Clair STRONGE

526 Private James Ziba SUMMER

501 Private Joshua David SUSSEX

706 Private Charles SUTCLIFFE

740 Private George SUTHERLAND

656 Private William SWAN

602 Private Robert SWAYN

657 Private George SWEETING

616 Private John Edwin TAYLOR

487 Private Arthur Edward THOMAS

677 Private William THOMAS

672 Private Percy William THOMSON

Lieutenant Walter Henderson THOMSON

529 Sergeant William TIDYMAN

617 Sergeant Alfred John TINKER

Major Edwin TIVEY

440 Private William TOMLINSON

700 Private Sydney TOMPSITT

668 Shoeing Smith Thomas TOOGOOD

528 Private Ralph Stephen TOY

607 Private Henry TRAPP

702 Private Keith TRAVERS

435 Private Henry TREADREA

666 Private Carew TREVAN

680 Private William Charles TREVASCUS

644 Private William Merriman TREW

689 Trumpeter Frederick Victor TRICKEY

489 Corporal Frank Reid TUBB

711 Private Robert TURNER

634 Private Harold Eric TURNLEY

402 Corporal James TWEEDIE

403 Private John Anderson TWEEDIE

527 Private Frederick UCHTMAN

540 Private Henry John VALPIED

573 Private James Arthur VALPIED

661 Private James VANLAWICK

565 Sergeant George Fairfax VE'ALL

437 Sergeant Alexander WALKER

481 Private William Henry WALLIS

524 Private John Walker WATERSTON

630 Private James Joseph WATTS

467 Private William Henry WEBB

469 Corporal Thomas William WEIBYE

723 Private Augustus William WEIRE

716 Private Thomas Henry WELLS

627 Private Eric Laurenny WERE

699 Private Louis James WHEELER

730 Private Thomas WHITE

472 Private Francis James WILLIAMS

523 Private George Sutherland WILLIAMSON

522 Private William WILLIAMSON

683 Private William Henry WILSON

652 Private Joseph WISHART

471 Company Quartermaster Sergeant Sydney WOODLAND

747 Shoeing Smith Samuel Mullen WOODS

620 Private Arthur Francis WOOLCOTT

686 Private Alfred William WRIGHT

571 Private George Mountford WRIGHT

 

 

Further Reading:

2nd Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse, Victoria

2nd Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse, Victoria, Roll of Honour

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: 2nd Australian Commonwealth Horse, Victoria, Nominal Roll

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Monday, 3 May 2010 11:12 PM EADT
Monday, 22 September 2003
Boer War, 1899 - 1902, Australian Forces, 2nd Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse Victoria, Roll of Honour
Topic: BW - Vic - 2ACH

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Australian Forces

Roll of Honour

2nd Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse Victoria


Poppies on the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial, Canberra

 

The Roll of Honour contains the names of all the men known to have served at one time with the 2nd Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse Victoria and gave their lives in service of Australia, whether as part of the 2nd Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse Victoria or another unit during the Boer War.

 

Roll of Honour

Thomas William HARRIS

Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

2nd Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse, Victoria

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Boer War, 1899 - 1902, Australian Forces, 2nd Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse Victoria, Roll of Honour

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
Updated: Monday, 3 May 2010 11:12 PM EADT
Saturday, 20 September 2003
4th Australian Commonwealth Horse (Vic), Contents
Topic: BW - Vic - 4ACH

4th ACH (Vic)

4th Australian Commonwealth Horse, Victoria

Contents

 

Items

4th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse Victoria, Outline 

4th Australian Commonwealth Horse (Vic), Nominal Roll

 

Roll of Honour

4th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse, Victoria , Roll of Honour
Lest we forget

 

 

Further Reading:

4th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse, Victoria

4th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse, Victoria , Roll of Honour 

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: 4th Australian Commonwealth Horse (Vic), Contents

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EADT
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Friday, 19 September 2003
Boer War, 1899 - 1902, Australian Forces, 4th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse Victoria, Outline
Topic: BW - Vic - 4ACH

4th ACH (NSW)

4th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse Victoria

Outline

 

Lieutenant Colonel George Jamieson JOHNSTON, Commanding Officer for the 4th ACH.

 

In 1911, Lieutenant-Colonel P. L. Murray, produced a marvellous Boer War reference detailing all the contingents sent from Australia to South Africa, giving a brief history of the formation and finally, listing all the soldiers who saw service in South Africa with that unit. The book was called, Official Records of the Australian Military Contingents to the War in South Africa. It is now the standard reference and starting place for any person interested in pursuing information about Australian involvement in the Boer War.

Murray, P. L., Official Records of the Australian Military Contingents to the War in South Africa, p. 318.

 

The Fourth Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse - Victorian Units.

A Battalion organised upon the same system as the Second, except that its establishment consisted of two companies from Victoria, one from South Australia, and one from Western Australia.

For details of pay, establishment, and clothing, vide; 2nd Battalion. The battalion staff prior to embarkation, also comprised a Lieutenant quartermaster (Western Australian Officer), making six officers in all, plus a chaplain. In the other battalion the quartermaster had come with the Western Australian unit.


Departure and Return

The battalion staff and Victorian units embarked on 26th March, 1902, comprising 17 officers, 235 others, with 375 horses. One died; 2 officers, 30 others were struck of in South Africa; 15 officers, 204 others returned.

SS Templemore at Fremantle, 8 April 1902

 

Service

The Battalion staff and Victorian units left in the transport Templemore, on 26th March, 1902. On 2nd April, arrived at Adelaide, and received the South Australian squadron; proceeded to Fremantle, and there, on 7th, half the West Australian squadron was embarked; the remainder to follow in the transport Englishman.

Arrived at Durban on 22nd April, and disembarked on the following morning . Encamped at the Show Grounds until 24th; than entrained to Newcastle, Natal, and arrived on 26th, and encamped at Kitchener’s Kop on the veldt, about 3 miles from the town. On 27th, the battalion was inspected by General Burn-Murdoch, Commandant. On 10th May, paraded at 2 a.m., and proceeded by order to Wool’s bridge, Buffalo River, where some Boer delegates were to cross on their way to Vergeeniging, the scene of the peace conference.

On 13th, started to march for Volkrust, Transvaal, thence to entrain for Elandsfontein, which was arrived at on the 18th; and there the battalion remained until 24th June, during which time it was engaged in refitting, sending sick horses to sick horse farms, and obtaining remounts. On 28th May, General Oliphant inspected tho battalion, and spoke in complimentary terms of the drill, and the cleanliness of the horse lines. On 1st June, news was received of the peace proclamation: subsequently officially confirmed, with a notification that every NCO and man was to receive 1s. 6d. worth of field stores, free, from the Field Force canteens – a concession to the troops which is said to have cost $20,000. On 7th June, a squadron, under Captain Collins, proceeded to Pretoria to take part in the service which was held next day to celebrate the cessation of hostilities. The Commanding Officer, the Second in Command, the Adjutant, and Captains Thorn and Macdonald also attended.

On 23rd, all homes were handed in to the remount depot. On 24th, the battalion entrained for Newcastle, arriving on 25th, and encamping on their former ground. Here the Australian troops were mobilizing previous to their return. On 28th, three officers and about 250 NCO’s and men of the battalion entrained for Durban, there to embark on the Manchester Merchant; these were followed on 2nd July by ten officers, to join the Britannic. The remainder were ordered to embark in the Norfolk on 7th; but this transport being unable to accommodate all, Colonel Johnston and Lieutenant Robertson, with the balance, took passage by the Drayton Grange, which arrived at Port Melbourne on 7th August.


War Service

Many of tho officers (as also N.C.O.’s and men) had seen previous service: vide nominal roll, also under various Contingents. Those who had not, received the Queen’s Medal with two clasps.


 

Further Reading:

4th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse, Victoria

4th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse, Victoria , Roll of Honour 

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: Boer War, 1899 - 1902, Australian Forces, 4th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse Victoria, Outline

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