Topic: BW - Qld - 1QMI
1st Queensland Mounted Infantry
The 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry marching down Queen Street, Brisbane.
[From: The Queenslander, 4 November 1899, p. 906.]
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. 447:
FIRST (QUEENSLAND MOUNTED INFANTRY) CONTINGENT
Like the early Contingents in other States, the first despatched by Queensland was ordered to be raised from officers and others serving in the local defence forces, namely, 250 of the Queensland Mounted Infantry, and a Machine Gun Section from the Royal Australian Artillery (Queensland). They were to be equipped strictly in accordance with the Field Service Manual for the equipment of a Mounted Infantry unit. With regard to this, however, Lieut: Colonel Ricardo, who Commanded the Contingent, stated in his report:-
"Out of 262 of all ranks enrolled, 123 were then serving in the Queensland Mounted Infantry; but 46 men, who had served, also joined; this left 93 to be recruited from outside. Of this number, 25 N.C.O.'s and men of A Battery (Royal Australian Artillery), volunteered; they ware some of the best men we had, and their example had a very good affect an the Contingent. The remainder were made up of men who said they w or had been, members of the Queensland Defence Force."
The Contingent was practically enrolled, organized, and equipped with arms, clothing, horses, saddlery, transport wagons with fittings and stores, between the 13th and 28th October - a record of the indefatigable way in which the Staff, the Comptroller of Stores, the medical and veterinary authorities, and the embarkation officers must have worked. The horses were selected and purchased by Veterinary Major Irving, P.V.O.
Staff:-One major,1 Sergeant-Major;1 quartermaster sergeant,4 Privates;total, 7;with 4 riding and 4 draught horses; total 8.
Machine Gun Section (Royal Australian Artillery):-One lieutenant,1 sergeant,1 corporal,2 bombardiers,5 drivers,7 gunners;total, 1 officer, 1 sergeant, 15 rank and file, with 6 riding and 14 draught horses;total 20.
No. 1 Company:-One captain,3 lieutenants,1 company sergeant-major,4 sergeants,1 sergeant-artificer,3 artificers,2 buglers,6 corporals,92 privates; total, 4 officers, 109 others, with 100 riding and 20 draught horses; in all 113 of all ranks, with 120 horses.
No. 2 Company:-The like.
Supernumeraries:-Two officers,8 privates,with 14 riding and 18 draught horses;in all, 10 of all ranks, 32 horses.
Grand total:-One major,2 captains,9 lieutenants,1 regimental sergeant major, 1 quartermaster-sergeant,2 company sergeant-majors,9 sergeants,2 sergeant-artificers,6 artificers,4 buglers,13 corporals,2 bombardiers,206 gunners, drivers, and privates;in all, 12 officers, 248 others, with 224 riding and 76 draught horses;altogether, 260 of all ranks, with 300 horses.
Departure and Return
[From: The Queenslander, 11 November 1899, p. 957.]
The Contingent left on 1st November, 1899, comprising 14 officer's, 248 others, with 284 horses, besides machine game and wagons. Ten died or were killed, 1 officer was transferred, 1 commissioned in the Imperial Army, 7 were struck off in South Africa; 12 officers, 231 others returned to Australia.
Citation: 1st Queensland Mounted Infantry, Outline