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 The contingents provided by South Australia were as follows:

Contingent

Officers

Men

Arrived in SA

Left SA

1st South Australian Mounted Rifles Contingent

5

121

Nov 1899

Nov 1900

2nd South Australian Mounted Rifles Contingent

6

112

Feb 1900

Nov 1900

3rd South Australian Bushmen's Contingent

6

93

Apr 1900

Apr 1901

4th South Australian Imperial Bushmen's Contingent

12

222

Jun 1900

Jul 1901

5th South Australian Imperial Contingent

21

295

Mar 1901

Apr 1902

6th South Australian Imperial Contingent

10

126

Mar 1901

Apr 1902

2nd Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse

4

116

Apr 1902

Jul 1902

8th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse

13

232

Jun 1902

Jul 1902

Total

77

1,317

 

 

South Australia furnished her quota to the troops sent by Federated Australia in 1902 (see Commonwealth Horse).  A squadron under Captain De Passey sailed on 20th February, and having landed at Durban, was employed near Laing's Nek, and thereafter was railed to the Western Transvaal, where, as part of the Australian Horse, it took part under De Lisle and Thorneycroft in some great drives.  The second contribution was a squadron under Captain A E Collins, which sailed on 1st April 1902; while the third was two squadrons under Captain A E Cook, which sailed on 26th May.

Click on the icon to read the account of the South Australia contingents from Lt Col P L Murray's 1911 'Official Records of the Australian Military Contingents to the War in South Africa' pdficon_large

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 Surname   Forename/inits   Regimental no   Rank   Notes 
AlexanderA225PrivateSlightly wounded. Trunter's Drift, 11 August 1901
Accident. Bushmen
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
AttwellE21CorporalWounded. Near Ottoshoop, 12 September 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BallL E1163TrooperWounded. Lichtenburg, 28 September 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BarnesE J335TrooperSlightly wounded. Near Vlaknek, 12 May 1901
Bushmen
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BarrowR T464Lance CorporalKilled in action. Near Reitz, 6 June 1901
Bushmen
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BartlettF34CorporalDied of disease. Pretoria, 26 December 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BeareH620PrivateDied of disease. Kroonstad, 9 April 1902
Bushmen
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BeckJ R56CorporalSlightly wounded. Uitvalskop, 3 February 1901
Bushmen
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BennierA J586TrooperKilled in action. Cornelia River, 27 May 1901
Bushmen
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BennierA J586TrooperWounded. Small R Bdge, 26 May 1901
Died 27 May. Bushmen
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
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The Mentions gained by the South Australian Contingents are as follows:—

LORD ROBERTS' DESPATCHES: 2nd April 1901.—SA Bushmen: Colonel J M Gordon, Lieutenant Colonel J Kowell (4th contingent); Captains A E Collins, 3rd, Gran Hubbe, 3rd, J H Stapleton, 1st; Lieutenant C M Ives, 3rd Mounted Rifles: Major C J Reade, 2nd; Captain J F Humphris, 2nd; Sergeants Ive, Knapman; Corporals. Currie, Fornby, V M Newland; Lance Corporal H Balfour Ogilvy ; Privates H W Brown, Cornish, Fetch.

4th September 1901.—South Australian Bushmen: Captain A E M Norton, 4th; Lieutenant A W Leane, 4th; Sergeant Spencer; Corporals Allnut, Catchlowe (now Lieutenant); Troopers Gardiner, Lennox, Mayfield, Stott, Thorne; Nursing Sister M S Bidmead (got the Royal Red Cross).

LORD KITCHENER'S DESPATCHES: 8th March 1901.—SA Imperial Bushmen, 4th contingent: Captain Wilson, 4th.
Despatch of 8th May 1901. From General Plumer's Special Despatch on Lieutenant Reid's capture of Commandant Schroeder and his laager and 40 men, near Commissie Drift, April 25. SA Impl. Bushmen: Sergeant Ward.

8th July 1901.—S A Bushmen: Captain E J F Langley, 5th contingent, conspicuous gallantry in fight for convoy near Reitz, June 6; Sergeant L Grewar, 5th, same occasion, by his courage and example greatly contributed to defeat of desperate attack (mentioned in AO)

8th August 1901.—SAMI (5th and 6th contingents): Captain J Watt, and Lieutenant D Macfarlane, conspicuous for gallantry and fearless leading in night attack on Smut's laager, August 1; Captain J S Shea, 15th Bengal Lancers, attached, also got DSO for leading 200 S Australians in night attack on Smut's laager of over 300 men, and, after hand-to-hand fighting, killing 7 and capturing 11; Trooper T Kermode promoted Corporal same occasion. He was first man into the farm, and bayoneted the first man, and although wounded in three places continued to fight; Trooper P Brandt (promoted Corporal) for gallantry same occasion.

23rd Jun 1902. — S Australians: Lieutenants F B Muir, J H Shearer, W C N Waite; Sergeant J Bundle; Lance Corporal J Berry ; Corporal R Gully.


 

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