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Edwin Patrick O'Reilly

In memory of:

Gunner Edwin Patrick O'Reilly

May 17, 1900

De Aar, South Africa

Military Service

Service Number:







Royal Canadian Field Artillery


E Battery

Additional Information


December 29, 1875
Hamilton, Ontario

Medical students at McGill University, Montreal, Quebec erected a tablet to the memory of Lieutenant Borden and Gunner O'Reilly, both of whom, at the time of their departure for South Africa were medical students. The memorial consists of a marble tablet mounted on an onyx background and surmounted by a couple of Strathcona hats. Thesides of the tablet are relieved and ornamented with Lee-Enfield rifles, while the base carries a couple of cannon, a pyramid of shot and other features of an artillery field piece. The ornaments and embellishments, like the tablet are sculptured out of marble. In Memoriam - Edwin Patrick O'Reilly, B.A., Royal Canadian Artillery, born Hamilton, Ontario, December 29, 1875. Died while on service near DeAar, South Africa, 1900.

Commemorated on Page 30 of the South African War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


South Africa

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The De Aar Garden of Remembrance is located on N10 past town, through the tunnel under the railway tracks, 100 m on the right side. The Canadian graves are at the far end right.

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  • Gravemarker
  • Plaque– Memorial Tablet dedicated to the Hamilton Ontario Officers and Men who 
served in the South African War 1899-1902.  Erected by subscribers to the 
Hamilton Patriotic fund.  On display in the drill hall at the Lt.-Col. John 
Weir Foote, VC, CD Armoury, 200 James Street North, Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Lt.-Col. John Weir Foote, VC, CD Armoury– Lt.-Col. John Weir Foote, VC, CD Armoury, 200 James Street North, Hamilton,

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