Remembrance timeline

Date Conflict Event Description
1899-10-11 South African War War breaks out between the British and the Boers who had been engulfed in conflict for over fifty years. The South African War marks the first occasion in which large contingents of Canadian troops serve abroad.

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1899-10-30 South African War One thousand men are recruited to form the First Contingent, called the 2nd (Special Service) Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment. The contingent, including doctors and nurses, sails from Québec City to South Africa on a converted cattle ship called the Sardinian.

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1899-11-29 South African War Canada's first contingent of troops arrives at Cape Town to begin their service in South Africa. The men have been at sea for a month, crammed into the troopship Sardinian.

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1900-02-11 South African War Canadian troops are moved to the front for the first time. They march through the dusty grassland in temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius.

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1900-02-18 South African War The Battle of Paardeberg begins. It is the first time Canadians (2nd Special Service Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment) see battle, and is hailed as a great national triumph for Canada. The Canadian losses consist of 18 dead and 68 wounded on the first day of battle.

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1900-03-16 South African War The Third Canadian Contingent, Strathcona’s Horse leaves Canada for South Africa.

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1900-04-20 South African War For his actions on this day, Lieutenant William Henry Snyder Nickerson will be awarded the Victoria Cross.

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1900-05-10 South African War The 2nd (Special Service) Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry, advance toward the Zand River. Despite being outnumbered by better than ten to one at some stages of the battle, the Canadian stand fast. Canadian casualties are two killed and two wounded.

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1900-05-16 South African War Despite being both outnumbered and outranged, C Battery, Royal Canadian Field Artillery gunners succeed in driving the Boers from the road leading into Mafeking.

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1900-05-30 South African War At Faber's Put, South Africa, two Canadian gun teams move their artillery pieces across a fire-swept field and bring them into action. One man is killed and seven are wounded.

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