This corps was raised towards the end of 1900, and was generally employed on the defences of Johannesburg and of posts in the surrounding district. They saw some skirmishing and some sharp attacks on posts, but they were not in any big engagement, and had few opportunities of gaining distinction. The corps remained on service till the end of the war.
The Rand Rifles Mine Guards helped to protect the goldmines against destruction.
The following Mention was gained:—
LORD KITCHENER'S DESPATCH: 8th March 1902.—Private P N Maskell, promoted Corporal by Commander-in-Chief for distinguished conduct in defence of post at Brakpan, February 5, when 5 men repulsed 49 Boers.