Boer War, 1900

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Submitted by Christine Gorman

The Daily Examiner, January 3, 1900:

George Arbuckle, No. 2. Co, 4th Regt. Artillery and John Proud, No. 1 Co., CA, have applied through Col. Longworth, to the enrolling officer in Sydney, C.B.

The Daily Examiner, January 8, 1900:

A Halifax despatch states that Miss Minnie K. Macdonald, daughter of the late Samuel Macdonald, of Dundas, volunteered as a nurse. She is a graduate of the McLean Hospital, Waverly, Mass. [190 women volunteeered; 4 were chosen.]

The Daily Examiner, Feb. 3, 1900

OTTAWA, Feb. 3rd – Sir Alfred Milner yesterday cabled to the Governor General that Sergt. Russell of Prince Edward Island, is dangerously ill at Orange River and not expected to recover.

Sergeant Joseph Russell is a native of Stanhope, a son of the late John Russell, of that place. None of his immediate family are now living at the homestead, but he has several near relatives on the Island. A brother is thought to be living in Boston or some of its suburbs.

Before leaving the Island, he was in No. 6 Company of the 82nd Battalion which has its headquarters at Covehead. He went to Fredericton to take a short course, and when that was over, he joined the permanent corps, the Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry. He married and remained either six or nine years. The year before leaving Fredericton (in 1896) he was over on the Island at the annual camp of the 82nd Battalion, as drill instructor. When he resigned in the following spring, he came to the Island on a visit to his old home, his relations and friends, and then went to Quebec and joined the permanent corps there (B Battery, Royal Canadian Regiment of Artillery.)

At the first opportunity, he volunteered for service in the Canadian contingent for South Africa. He was accepted and detailed as one of the sergeants of "G" Company.

The Officers here speak of him as a splendid soldier; large and finely built, and as, perhaps, the best drill instructor ever sent to our Island camp.

In view of the wording of the telegram, it seems hardly likely that he will recover. No doubt fever is the cause of his illness, and if he succumbs, Prince Edward island will be called upon to mourn its second son killed in the defence of our Empire, the first, Captain Hensley, giving up his life on the battle field with all the glories of a soldier's death, the second smothering with fever in a military camp in the barrenness of the South African veldt with none of the comforts of home, none of the glory or triumph of war.


The Daily Examiner, March 8, 1900:

Lieut. Col. Moore, D. O. C., D. 12, Ch'town received the following despatch:

Enlist fifteen men to replace casualties.... Must report to Halifax not later than Tuesday, 13th inst., where they will be clothed and equipped.

Up to one o'clock this afternoon, Col. Moore has received the following names in addition to those already published:

Alfred Mullen, William Gregory, John Gregory, Archd. Currie, John Lightizer and Eugene McEachern.

The name of D. R. Kennedy was wrongly printed. F. R. Kennedy in the list previously printed.

In all some thirty names have been handed in to Col, Moore. And this afternoon it is expected that a good many others will offer. The contingent will leave Charlottetown for Halifax Sunday night.... It is contemplated to have a church parade of all city companies of militia on Sunday morning.

The Daily Examiner, March 10, 1900:

Besides those whose names have already been published, the following volunteered:

Russell Locke, Marcellus Macdonald, L. Gurney, Robert Horne, Robert Cameron, Bernard McDonald, John C. Flannigan, Wallace McLeod and James Skinner.

Of those volunteering, the following have been attested and accepted:

Wm. Coombs

Geo. Arbuckle

Robert Cameron

William Harris

A. J. Holl

T. Leslie McBeth

L. Guerney

William C. Cook

W. J. Proud

Robert Horne

James Pigott

William McEachern.

The Provincial government will give each man $20.

The City Council will divide $150 between them.

The Daily Examiner, March 12, 1900:

The work of selecting the second contingent for South Africa was completed on Saturday afternoon.

The completed list is as follows: [All are from Charlottetown, except L. Gurney, Covehead, and John W. Boulter, North Tryon.]

Wm. Coombs

Geo. Arbuckle

Robert Cameron

William Harris

A. J. Holl

T. Leslie McBeth

L. Gurney

William C. Cook

W. J. Proud

Robert Horne

James Pigott

William McEachern

D. R. Kennedy

Marcellus McDonald

John W. Boulter


There was a military parade to the First Methodist Church where Rev. G. M. Campbell preached a very eloquent and patriotic sermon, taking as his text Deuteronomy 7: 6.8. The music was of a high standard. The choir was considerably enlarged, and had several officers in it.

The Daily Examiner, March 13, 1900:

Description of evening departure of the militia; composed of the South African volunteers,

Co's 1 and 2 Artillery, the Charlottetown Engineering Co's 1 and 3, 82nd Batt., and the Boys' Brigade of St. James' Church. The volunteers were addressed by Lieutenant Governor McIntyre, Premier Farquharson also addressed them and presented each man with $20 on behalf of the Government. His worship Mayor Warburton spoke to the men, and $10 was given to each man on behalf of the Civic Government.

The Daily Examiner, March 23, 1900:

The following is a list of men who left for Halifax and South Africa:

William Gregory, Charlottetown

Heath Coombs, do.

Herbert Vaniderstine, do.

F. S. Moore, do.

E. C. Scott, do.

John Lightizer, do.

R. P. Croake, do.

Duncan McLean, do.

John W. Gregory, do.

Raymond Seller, do.

Wm. McCullogh, do.

J. J. Beaton, Pownal

Sylvan T. McCabe, Pownal

Russel Locke, Stanhope

C. O. McArthur, Summerside

Wm. E. Burrow, Winsloe

Jos. Muirhead, Tryon

G. A. Harvey, Tryon

Geo. S. Kidson, Tryon

R. B. Moore, Milton.

Wm. W. Murphy, Southport

Ernest A Watts, North River

A. J. White, O'Leary

Wm. Alex. McDonald, Covehead

Geo. Crowley, Winsloe

W. R. Landrigan, Covehead

A. P. Kennedy, Souris

Amos Jenkins, Pownal

The full complement of thirty would have been secured, but that several desirable men had enlisted in the Mounted Police.

[Four nursing sisters were sent to the Boer War with the First Contingent. There was very little in the Daily Examiner about them and I thank these other sources for further information. Dr. Lois MacLeod, Life Member of the Prince Edward Island Heritage Foundation for first telling me about Georgina Fane Pope, of Charlottetown, who was the Matron in Charge of the nurses. Charlotte Stewart at the PEI Archives for providing proof of the birth of Emily (Minnie) Affleck in Charlottetown. The Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Vol XIII states that Sarah Forbes was born, died and buried in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Dr. Cynthia Toman of the Nursing Faculty, Ottawa University told me that the fourth nurse, Elizabeth Russell, was from Hamilton, Ontario. Thank you all. - Christine Gorman]

The Daily Examiner, July 5, 1900:

A London cable of July 3 has Canadians invalided to Woolwich Hospital:
Private James Stewart Walker, of "G" Co., Royal Canadian Regiment 1, (late 82nd Regiment.)

The Daily Examiner, July 6, 1900:

A number of the First Canadian Contingent....complained greatly of the treatment they were subjected to in the field Hospitals. Of 1150 Canadian Troops, 800 were stricken down with enteric fever, mostly due to the putrid water of Paardeberg. British had 3400 deaths–2400 from disease.

The Daily Examiner, July 17, 1900:

"Parisian" brought to Quebec J. Fred Waye, 82nd Batt, and Michael McCarthy, of Souris, 4th Regiment, Canadian Artillery.. McCarthy was invalided due to fever; Waye severely wounded in Paardeberg fight.

The Daily Examiner, Sept. 18, 1900:

Returning from South Africa: Pte. James S. Walker, No. 1 Co, 82nd regiment and Pte. Walter Lane, No. 1. Co. 82nd Regiment. Also Pte. A. J. Holl, No. 1 Co. 4th Regiment, who left PEI with a draft of recruits. Will Cook will be one of the guards conveying Boer prisoners to Ceylon.

The Daily Examiner, October 19, 1900:

Despatch from Rev. Thomas F. Fullerton: Islanders on their way home on the "Idaho;"

J. A. McDonald, (Lieut.)

Lorne Stewart

Joseph O'Reilly

Thomas A. Rodd

Ernest W. Bowness

Richard J. Foley

Charles Hine

J. Edward Small

Hedley V. McKinnon

LeRoy Harris

Lawrence Gaudet

William Cook

John W. Boulter

L. Gurney

Artemas Dillon(?)

Reginald Cox

James Matheson

Nelson Brace

Fred McRae

Fred Furze

John Boudreau

James T. Leslie

And T. F. Fullerton (Rev.)


The Daily Examiner, October 22, 1900:

Lieut. Arthur J. B. Mellish, an officer in the ranks of the 82nd Battalion, R.C.I. militia, has served throughout the present war as a private in the ranks of the Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry.
Pte Necy Doiron (is) returning on steamer Dominion.

The Daily Examiner, Nov. 1, 1900:

Writeup on Civic Reception for returned soldiers.

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