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Friday, 26 December 2003
The NSW Lancers, South African War, Contents
Topic: BW - NSW - Lancers

Boer War - New South Wales

New South Wales Lancers

Contents

New South Wales Lancers, 1885-1903
1st Australian Light Horse Regiment, 1903-1912
7th Australian Light Horse Regiment, 1912-1919
1st Australian Light Horse Regiment, 1919-1929
1/21st Australian Light Horse Regiment, 1929-1935
1st Light Horse Machine Gun Regiment, Royal New South Wales Lancers, 1936-1942
1st Armoured Regiment, Royal New South Wales Lancers, 1942-1948
1st Royal New South Wales Lancers, 1948-1956
1/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers, 1956-

[The elephant's head used on the badges is taken from the family crest of Lord Carrington, Governor of New South Wales from 1885 - 1890 and was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Regiment from 1885 until 1928.] 

Tenax in fide - Steadfast in Trust

 South Africa 1899 - 1900

Allied with: King Edward's Horse (The King's Overseas Dominions Regiment).

 

Items

Outline

The NSW Lancers, South African War, Outline

Nominal Roll

New South Wales Lancers, Nominal Roll 

The Fighting 28

The NSW Lancers, The Fighting 28 

History

Unit History Account

Royal New South Wales Lancers, South African War

Newspapers

The NSW Lancers, Town and Country Journal, 9 December 1899

DAILY LIFE IN CAMP, Town and Country Journal, 10 February 1900 

 

 

Roll of Honour

New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour 

Lest We Forget

 

Further Reading:

New South Wales Lancers

New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour 

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: The NSW Lancers, South African War, Contents 

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EAST
Updated: Saturday, 8 May 2010 6:41 PM EADT
Thursday, 25 December 2003
The NSW Lancers, South African War, Outline
Topic: BW - NSW - Lancers

New South Wales Lancers

South African War

Outline

New South Wales Lancers, 1885-1903
1st Australian Light Horse Regiment, 1903-1912
7th Australian Light Horse Regiment, 1912-1919
1st Australian Light Horse Regiment, 1919-1929
1/21st Australian Light Horse Regiment, 1929-1935
1st Light Horse Machine Gun Regiment, Royal New South Wales Lancers, 1936-1942
1st Armoured Regiment, Royal New South Wales Lancers, 1942-1948
1st Royal New South Wales Lancers, 1948-1956
1/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers, 1956-

[The elephant's head used on the badges is taken from the family crest of Lord Carrington, Governor of New South Wales from 1885 - 1890 and was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Regiment from 1885 until 1928.] 

Tenax in fide - Steadfast in Trust

 South Africa 1899 - 1900

Allied with: King Edward's Horse (The King's Overseas Dominions Regiment).

 

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. This extract is from Murray, pp. 4 - 6.


THE NEW SOUTH WALES LANCERS.

The draft of Lancers which from force of circumstances was the first to go to the front from Australia represented the senior cavalry regiment of New South Wales, now the 1st Australian Light Horse (New South Wales Lancers). It was raised in 1883, first as Light Horse, but in 1885, after the return of the Contingent from the. Saurian, it was converted into Lancers, as a compliment to the 5th Royal Irish Lancers, which were encamped with the New South Wales Artillery at Handoub. The uniform of that regiment was also adopted with slight variations; but a few years later it was relinquished for the distinctive drab with scarlet plastrons. (The Regiment is allied with "King Edward's Horse" the King's Overseas Dominions Regiment.)

A squadron of 100, under Captain C. Cox, had proceeded to England in 1899, to take part in the annual military tournament at Islington, and for training at Aldershot; the expense of which was defrayed entirely by the regiment. Upon the war breaking out, permission to volunteer was cabled for and acceded to. The detail, with their horses, then proceeded to Cape Town, where they were enthusiastically received, equipped with the service uniform and accoutrements, and despatched to the scene of hostilities.

The subsequent drafts were supplied with horses, but in many instances spare chargers were taken,

PAY.

Rates of pay (as sanctioned by GA. 107, 21.10.99) "for members of Partially-paid or Volunteer Forces,” were as follows:-

Buglers and privates - 2s. 3d. per day, with 2s. 3d. deferred pay;

Corporals - 4s. 9d, and 2s. 3d.;

Sergeants - 5s. 9d. and 2s. 3d.;

Company Sergeant-Majors or Colour-Sergeants - 6s. 3d. and 2s. 9d.;

Staff Sergeants - 6s. 6d. and 3s. 6d.;

Warrant Officers - 7s, 6d. and 4s.;

Lieutenants - 16s. and 3s. deferred pay;

Captains - 20s. and 3s. 6d..


N.C, officers and men of the Permanent Farces would receive, from date of landing, Imperial rates of pay in addition to existing rates.

"Separation allowance" was also granted to wives and families of N.C.O.'s and soldiers serving in South Africa, at varying rates according to rank. If in occupation of quarters or drawing lodging allowance, the wife received 4d. per diem; for each girl under 16 years 1½d. per diem; each boy under 14: years, 1½d. per diem. When not in occupation of quarters or receipt of lodging allowance, payment was made at rates varying from warrant officers' wives 2s. 3d. per diem, to privates' wives, 1s. 1d.

Pay was issued by the Imperial Government after the landing of Contingents at Imperial rates. These varied from Lieutenant-Colonel, 28s. per diem and 4s, field allowance, to subaltern, 15s. and, 2s. 6d.; and from 9s., R. sergeant-major. to 5s. privates. Buglers, saddlers, and farriers, 1s. per diem extra.

ESTABLISHMENT.

The following was the establishment authorized for Lancer Contingent, in the first instance:-

1 Major (temporary),

1 Captain,

3 Subalterns,

1 Squadron Sergeant Major,

1 Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant,

2 Staff-Sergeants,

4 Sergeants,

2 Sergeant-Farriers,

2 Shoeing Smiths,

2 Buglers,

8 corporals,

97 Privates, including cooks and batmen, 1 Saddler.

Total, 125.


Men volunteering were required to be from 20 to 40 years of age, preferably single, and good shots. Horses brought in had to be for M.I. work, and pass veterinary examination.


REFERENCES TO ORDERS.

Formation, G.O., N.S.W. 107/99

Pay, G.O., N.S.W. 107/99, 112/99

Conditions of Service, G.O., N.S.W. 107/99

Command, G.O., N.S.W. 113/99

Establishment, G.O., N.S.W. 108/99

Embarkation, G.O., N.S.W. 109/99

Officers, G.O., N.S.W. 110/99



DETACHMENT.

Embarkation, G.O., N.S.W. 8/00, 22/00

Personnel, G.O., N.S.W. 22/44

Separation allowance, G.O., N.S.W. 88/00

               

CLOTHING, ARMS, ETC.

Uniform consisted of brown F.S. jacket and pants, with puttees and hats.
Arms and equipment:

M.E. carbines,

swords,

shoulder bandoliers,

waistbelt, and

braces.


Fully horsed and provided with saddles. Also provided with regimental transport.


UNITS.

The first draft arrived at Cape Town from England on 2nd November, 1899; it consisted of 2 officers and 69 sergeants and rank and file, with their horses. Of these, 2 were killed or died, 2 were transferred to S.A.C., leaving 2 officers and 65 others, who returned.

The second draft left New South Wales an 28th October, 1899;.it consisted of 5 officers, 36 others, with 160 horses. Three were killed or died; 1 was transferred, 1 was commissioned in Imperial Army; 4 officers and 32 others returned.

The third draft left New South Wales on 17th January, 1900; it consisted of 17 sergeants and rank and file, with 15 horses; 1 man was killed or died, 16 returned.

The fourth draft departed 16th February, 1900; it comprised 1 officer and 40 others. Total: 8 officers, 162 others, with 246 horses.

The squadron arrived home on 6th December, 1904, and 8th January, 1901.

RECORD OF SERVICE.

The detachment of this regiment undergoing a course of training at Aldershot at the outbreak of the war volunteered for active service in South Africa; the offer being accepted, they embarked on 10th October, 1899, and arrived at Cape Town 2nd November, 1899.

In order to complete and maintain the service establishment of the unit, additional detachments included:

Second Draft - embarked at Sydney on transport Kent on 28th October, arriving at Cape Town 1st December;

Third Draft - embarked at Sydney on transport Moravian on 17th January, arriving at Cape Town on 18th February; and

Forth Draft - embarked at Sydney on transport Australian on 16th February, arriving at Cape Town 19th March, 1900.


The Aldershot detachment after its arrival was attached to General French's command, and was employed on patrol duty in the Colesberg district. On the 6th December, the detachment, under Major Lee, with remounts for the whole squadron, arrived at Naauwpoort, Major Lee assuming the command of the squadron.

Present at capture of Arundel on 8th December, and took part in several minor actions in the vicinity.

A detachment of 28 men, under Lieutenant Osborne, temporarily attached to Lord Methuen's command, took part in the battles of Belmont, Grasspan, Modder River, and Magersfontein, and afterwards rejoined the squadron.

On 2nd January, 1900, a supply train was, by some means started from Rensburg Siding, and ran on a down grade close to the Boer position; the squadron was ordered to recover or burn the trucks. As some of them were derailed, it was found impossible to recover them; they were, consequently, burned under a very heavy fire from the enemy.

On the 16th January a troop of Lancers and Australian Horse, under Lieutenant Dowling of the latter regiment, when returning to camp at Slingersfontein, was surrounded; and after a sharp fight, in which Sergeant-Major Griffin of the Australian Horse was killed, Corporal Kilpatrick of the Lancers mortally wounded, and Lieutenant Dowling and Trooper Roberts severely wounded, the patrol surrendered.

On the 7th February the squadron proceeded to Belmont, and on the 13th were attached to Scots Greys, forming part of the 1st Cavalry Brigade.

Present at the relief of Kimberly on 15th February, action at Dronfield on 16th February, and at the operations which led to the surrender of General Cronje at Paardeburg. Took part in the battle of Poplar Grove on 7th March, and assisted to turn the: enemy's left flank.   

Present at Dreifontein on 10th, and at the occupation of Bloemfontein on 12th March.

Captain Nicholson, with a detachment of 40 N.C. officers and men from New South Wales, joined on 5th May.

The squadron was now attached to the Inniskillings, under Major Allamby and took part in the advance on Pretoria. Kroonstadt was occupied on 12th May; the Vaal River crossed on 24th May. Took part in heavy fighting at Klip River on 28th May, when Major Lee was complimented, by General French on the excellent work of the squadron while with the advance guard.

Took part in operations in the vicinity of Johannesburg, including the severe action at Valkheuvel Poort on 3rd June, when the Australians were again thanked by General French for their gallant conduct.

Present at the release of prisoners at Waterval on the 6th June. On the 9th July reinforced General Sutton at Oliphantsfontain, and was engaged with the enemy on 11th and 12th.

Took part in various engagements in the eastern Transvaal, including Lang Kloof and Swartz Kop, also in the operations in the Carolina and Barberton districts.

The squadron embarked at Cape Town on transports Harlech Castle on 11th November, and Orient on 13th December, and arrived in Sydney on 6th December, 1900 and 8th January, 1901, calling at Albany, Adelaide, and Melbourne en route.
 

Further Reading:

New South Wales Lancers

New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour 

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: The NSW Lancers, South African War, Outline

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EAST
Updated: Saturday, 8 May 2010 7:03 PM EADT
Wednesday, 24 December 2003
New South Wales Lancers, Nominal Roll
Topic: BW - NSW - Lancers

New South Wales Lancers

South African War

Nominal Roll

New South Wales Lancers, 1885-1903
1st Australian Light Horse Regiment, 1903-1912
7th Australian Light Horse Regiment, 1912-1919
1st Australian Light Horse Regiment, 1919-1929
1/21st Australian Light Horse Regiment, 1929-1935
1st Light Horse Machine Gun Regiment, Royal New South Wales Lancers, 1936-1942
1st Armoured Regiment, Royal New South Wales Lancers, 1942-1948
1st Royal New South Wales Lancers, 1948-1956
1/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers, 1956-

[The elephant's head used on the badges is taken from the family crest of Lord Carrington, Governor of New South Wales from 1885 - 1890 and was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Regiment from 1885 until 1928.] 

Tenax in fide - Steadfast in Trust

 South Africa 1899 - 1900

Allied with: King Edward's Horse (The King's Overseas Dominions Regiment).

 


 

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. 437 - 440.

 

New South Wales Lancers
507 Trooper Frederick AVARD

555 Trooper Stanley Ernest AKERS

946 Trooper Joseph N ALCOCK

Lieutenant George Henry ALLAN

414 Trooper Otto AMBRUSTER

964 Trooper Henry ANDERSON

885 Trooper Herbert Arthur ARTLETT

507 Trooper Frederick AVARD
821 Trooper Allan G BAILY

921 Trooper Sydney N BAILY

Trooper G. BALY

226 Trooper Robert David BARCLAY

213 Trumpeter Corporal Alick S BARNETT

940 Trooper HenryC BEECHING

890 Trooper George BELL

145 Trooper Arthur William BLENCOWE

530 SqnQMSgt Ernest Alfred BLOW

887 Trooper Alf. Theodore BORMAN

817 Trooper William H BRADY

935 Trooper John BRAID

936 Trooper Thomas William BRECKENRIDGE

450 Trooper Patrick BRESNAHAN

629 Trooper Phillip BREW

895 Trooper Alf. Arthur BURGIN

749 Trooper John J BYRNE

271 Sergeant John WW CAMPBELL

762 Trooper William Beveridge CARTER

939 Trooper Walter William CAVILL

892 Trooper William CHAPMAN

805 Trooper Osborne CHILCOTT

951 Trooper Charles EA CLARK

476 Trooper James CLARKE

961 Corporal John Bartholomew CONOLLY

Captain Charles Frederick COX

725 Trooper George R CUMMINGS

916 Trooper Herbert H CUTHBERT

757 Trooper Ronald H CUTHBERT

763 Trooper Arthur Denis DALEY

911 Trooper Alfred Ernest DARE

449 Trooper Walter George DAVEY

520 Trooper Thomas A DICKSON

905 Trooper Martin Henry DONOHOE

477 Sergeant John Sylvester DOOLEY

750 Trooper Guy DOUDNEY

878 Trooper James ELLIOTT

891 Trooper Walter M ELLIS

860 Trooper William ELSTON

923 Trooper Bertie F EVANS

609 Corporal Samuel Reginald FALLICK

235 Trooper Percy FAULKNER

317 Trooper George T FENWICK

960 Trooper Cecil Ernest FERRIS

599 Trooper Franz Gustav AL FETTING

800 Trooper Carlo Ferruccio FIASCHI

Warrant Officer Charles Edward FISHER

635 Trooper Alfred FITZSIMMONS

952 Trooper Joseph Alfred FITZSIMONS

415 Lance Corporal John FORD

897 Trooper John Milvington FORD

CF FOX

237 Sergeant George Edward GOULD

893 Trooper Lewis Henry GRIFFITHS

947 Trooper Charles E HAIGH

724 Trooper George HAKEN

67 Corporal Rowland Edward HARKUS

938 Trooper Thomas HARLEY

546 Trooper Bernard H HARRISON

Second Lieutenant Reginald Manning HERON

Trooper J. HEUSTON

958 Trooper George Charles HILLIS

68 Trooper William H HILLIS

899 Trooper Henry Ernest HINDMARSH

822 Trooper Daniel Town HOLBOROW

742 Corporal Charles HOPF

898 Trooper Ernest F HOPKINSON

60 Sergeant Ernest AE HOUSTON

818 Trooper John HOUSTON

780 Trooper Arthur WS JAMES

732 Trooper James JOHNSON

579 Trooper John JOHNSON

880 Trooper Robert M JOHNSTON

898 Trooper John Charles JONES

948 Corporal Charles E JUNOR

755 Corporal Frederick Isaac KILPATRICK

919 Trooper Augustus H KING

590 Trooper Thomas Satchell KNIGHT

896 Trooper Charles Valentine LAMB

1000 Trooper Walter Percy LANCE

802 Trooper Ernest LEE

Major George L LEE

263 Sergeant Angus LIVINGSTONE

71 Sergeant Elias LUKE

941 Trooper John E LUMLEY

788 Trooper Mathew Montgomery MCBARON

304 Sergeant Peter MCDONALD

953 Trooper John MCGEE

494 Trooper Michael MCGILL

764 Trooper Alexander MCKINNON

957 Trooper Norman James MCKINNON

824 Trooper Arthur MCMANUS

884 Trooper Allan WG MCMILLAN

825 Trooper James Ballintyne MCPHERSON

283 Trooper Kenneth Ross MCPHERSON

922 Trooper William N MCPHERSON

Vet. Lieutenant Frank Whiddon MELHUISH

1001 Trooper Charles MIDDLETON

623 Trooper Nathaniel MILLING

920 Trooper Oliver Louis MILLING

489 Sergeant William MOFFATT

882 Corporal William J MOON

Staff Sergeant George Edward MORRIS

244 Trooper Thomas C MORRIS

325 Sergeant Alfred GL MORRISON

823 Trooper Bede John MOYLAN

182 Corporal William MULLARD

945 Trooper Edgar Charles MUNRO

826 Trooper Albert Ed. Croft MYERS

Lieutenant Charles Edward NICHOLSON

Second Lieutenant Septimus Frank OSBORNE

781 Trooper Roger Wingham PALMER

222 Trumpeter William PAPWORTH

761 Trooper John Harold PEEK

620 Trooper Thomas PESTELL

886 Trooper Andrew Bannantyne PETTIGREW

Lieutenant PRICE

877 Trooper Gilbert Edward Layton RAMSAY

498 Trooper James RANKIN

Staff Sergeant Henry T READ

Second Lieutenant Charles William Fyshe Palmer ROBERTS

574 Trooper John A ROBERTS

889 Trooper Arthur ROBINSON

303 Sqn.S/Maj. Henry ROBSON

924 Trooper Joseph RODERICK

19 Farrier Sergeant Ernest ROSE

888 Trooper Henry SANDON

734 Trooper Alfred E SAVILLE

733 Trooper John F SECCOMBE

SHAW

606 Trooper Harry James SKIPPER

754 Trooper Augustus Joseph SLATTERY

502 Trooper John SPROULE

795 Trooper Walter STEWART

294 Trooper George STONE

210 Trooper George J STRATFORD

682 Trooper Frederick W STUART

866 Trumpeter Albert V TAYLOR

299 Trooper George THOMAS

298 Trooper Harley THOMAS

942 Trooper William M THOMPSON

949 Trooper Thomas E TIVEY

400 Trooper Thomas Henry TOOZE

828 Trooper Eric B TREATT

879 Trooper Leslie D TUNKS

815 Trooper William James TURNER

954 Trooper Charles H TYLER

659 Trooper Hugh Venables VERNON

705 Trooper Harold H WADDELL

677 Trooper Edward WALSH

790 Trooper Joseph Hillier WARBY

809 Trooper Alfred WATSON

85 Trooper James W WATTS

797 Trooper William W WATTS

740 Trooper Charles E WEBSTER

652 Trooper James A WESTON

950 Trooper Robert John WHELLER

943 Trooper James WHITE

829 Trooper Ashley WHITNEY

944 Trooper William H WHITNEY

962 Trooper Allan Watson WHITTINGTON

881 Trooper George R WHITTINGTON

591 Trooper James WILKS

218 Sergeant Charles James WILLIAMS

894 Trooper Euston Wardell WILSON

Staff Sergeant William WINCH

963 Trooper Ernest Arthur Frederick WITHERS

624 Lance Corporal Arthur WOODS

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EAST
Updated: Saturday, 8 May 2010 6:42 PM EADT
Tuesday, 23 December 2003
New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour
Topic: BW - NSW - Lancers

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Australian Forces

Roll of Honour

New South Wales Lancers


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 New South Wales Lancers and gave their lives in service of Australia, whether as part of the New South Wales Lancers or another unit during the Boer War.

 

Roll of Honour

 

Frederick AVARD

 

Walter Melrose ELLIS

 

Franz Gustav A L FETTING

 

Rowland Edward HARKUS

 

Frederick Isaac KILPATRICK

 

Leslie Dagworth TUNKS

 

Lest we forget

 

Further Reading:

New South Wales Lancers

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EAST
Updated: Saturday, 8 May 2010 6:35 PM EADT
Monday, 22 December 2003
The NSW Lancers, Town and Country Journal, 9 December 1899
Topic: BW - NSW - Lancers

Boer War - New South Wales 

The NSW Lancers

Boer War Participation through Contemporary Newspapers

 

The NSW Lancers at the Remount Camp, Stellenbosch.

[From: The Town and Country Journal, 23 December 1899, p. 22.]

 

The following piece is an extract from The Town and Country Journal, 9 December 1899, p. 13.

 

The Lancers at the Cape.

MELBOURNE, Sunday. - Files of Cape papers to hand to-day give accounts of the reception by the Mayor of the N.S.W. Lancers at Cape Town.

The "Cape Times," in its report, says:

On the Mayoral party boarding the Nineveh the Lancers were drawn up on the main deck forward, and the Mayor, from the top of the fore hatch, addressed them in tones vibrating with feeling. The troopers, in their reddish-brown uniform with scarlet facings and slouched hat, topped by immerse plumes of cocks' feathers, looked the picture of health and energy. They were drawn up four deep in front of the Mayor, each man with a lance in his hand. It was a fresh kind of applause which they introduced in the pauses of the speeches. The hammering of the lance buttes on the planked deck conveyed their meaning perhaps better than any amount of common "hear, hear" would have done. When the troopers had come to attention, the Mayor (Councillor Ball) said: "Fellow colonists, the citizens of Cape Town desire to extend you a very hearty welcome to the shores of South Africa. They appreciate the spirit which prompted you to offer your services to our beloved Sovereign Queen in these trying circumstances. It is not the first occasion on which the colonies have offered to assist the mother country, out this seems to be a specially unique occasion, one that would have drawn together, if there were any need for it, every portion of her Majesty's dominions. (Cheers.) One and all have readily offered their services at this time. The Empire has often been spoken of as consisting of dependencies. But I think the demonstration here to-day, and your presence, and that of others to follow, will prove they are not merely dependencies, but that they realise and recognise they are part and parcel of the great Empire. (Cheers.) We are parcel of the great Empire. (Cheers.) We are not bound together with iron bands, it is true, but we are bound together by stronger ties than iron bands. The long reign of our beloved Sovereign the Queen, indeed, has been a glorious one, and she has won the affection of all her subjects. But there is a flag as well. (Cheers.) Wherever we see that floating we are proud to look upon it, because we know it speaks to us of liberty, of Justice - yes, of honest attempt to better her Majesty's subjects, and to make them happy. (Cheers.) I wish you to-day, fellow colonists, God speed in your work. I trust you will be spared to return safely, and to share in the honours of having endeavoured to maintain the authority, dignity, and honour of this great Empire, of which you form part with us, and not only that, but to carry away with you the gratitude of the citizens of South Africa for your timely assistance. (Cheers.) I wish you again God-speed. (Renewed cheers.)

Mr. O'Reilly, Deputy-Mayor, also spoke, and Captain Cox replied on behalf of himself and his men. He said some few of them would not for certain circumstances be able to go to the front, but the troops as a whole were ready for the work, and they might be trusted to go wherever, they were led. (Cheers.) As bushmen and men used to horses he had no fear of them, and he felt certain they would follow any body anywhere they were asked to follow. (Cheers.) In the afternoon the men were brought ashore and entrained for Wynberg. The quay aides were thick with spectators, and all along the dock road there were thousands of people who cheered and cheered again as the Australians went by with a jaunty swinging stride, their lances at the "carry," and looking as fit as a steel wire. All the war, to the station, and especially down at the to pier end of Adderley Street, the crowd was gigantic and the enthusiasm overwhelming.

 

Further Reading:

The NSW Lancers, South African War

New South Wales Lancers, Roll of Honour

Boer War, 1899 - 1902

Battles where Australians fought, 1899-1920

 


Citation: The NSW Lancers, Town and Country Journal, 9 December 1899

Posted by Project Leader at 12:01 AM EAST
Updated: Saturday, 8 May 2010 6:56 PM EADT

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