Riflemen of the Queen’s Own who served in the South Africa Campaign 1899-1900

Thirty-four Riflemen of the Queen’s Own volunteered for service with the First Canadian Contingent. Most of them served with 2 (Toronto) Company the 2nd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry (RCRI) created specifically for the contingent from Militia units across Canada.

Captain R.K. Barker was Company Commander of 2 Company and a former Rifleman, Lieutenant-Colonel William D Otter, commanded the Battalion.

Three Riflemen died and six were wounded in action. Where soldiers have biography pages on this site they are highlighted, Companies the soldiers belong to in the Queen’s Own are listed in the second column.

Last Name, Rank, Given NamesQOR Co.Notes
Allen, Private Carleton WoodfordJ CoyWIA* Cronje’s Laager 17 Feb 1900
Anderson, Private FTE Coy 
Barker, Captain Rybert Kent C CoyComanding C Co. 2nd RCRI
Beattie, Sergeant AlbertJ CoyDied of Enteric Fever 14 Apr 1900
Bird, Private Bernard MartinD Coy 
Blight, Private Walter StansfieldG CoyDied of Enteric Fever 15 Apr 1900
Cozzens, Private Harry AlexF CoyAlso 2nd Contingent, 3rd CMR*
Dixon, Sergeant Harold Wm AH Coy 
Eakins, Private George RD Coy 
Ellis, Private George SpencerG Coy 
Hector, Private Frederick Thomas DE Coy 
Hewitt, Sergeant William HamiltonH Coy 
Hoskins, Corporal Ralph WyattH Coy 
Igelstrom, Private Fred WalkerJ Coy 
Jackson, Private Charles Ernest E [1] KIA at Paardeberg 18 Feb 1900
Jordan, Corporal JosephA Coy 
Jordan, Private James  
Kennedy, Private JamesA CoyWIA at Paardeberg 18 Feb 1900
Kidner, Private Reginald WmA Coy 
McGiverin, Private William LorimerJ CoyWIA at Paardeberg 18 Feb 1900
Playfair, Private Stuart Bryce  
Redway, Private Edgar HenryA Coy 
Rooke, Private William JamesG Coy 
Seager, Private JohnA CoyAlso 2nd Contingent, 6th CMR
Stewart, Private Malcolm MacKenzieJ Coy 
Tomlinson, Private CharlesF Coy 
Ussher, Private John Fredrick H WIA at Paardeberg 18 Feb 1900
Vanderwater, Private Wm Maurice WIA at Paardeberg 18 Feb 1900
Ward, Private Sherwell MaswoodF CoyWIA at Paardeberg 18 Feb 1900
Weir, Private Frederick EugeneF Coy 
Williams, Bugler Douglas FrankBuglesAlso 1902 Contingent, 2nd CMR
Wilson, Private Norman WaringG Coy 
Young, Private HenryF Coy 
Young, Private Robert MalcomF Coy 


CMR is Canadian Mounted Rifles,

WIA is Wounded in action

[1] Jackson, a member of the Queen’s Own, tried to enlist with the contingent for South Africa but was rejected because his arm didn’t show any vaccination marks. Somehow though he was able to enlist after joining the Haldimand Battalion.


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