The contingents from Tasmani were:




Arrived in SA

Left SA

Tasmanian 1st Contingent



Nov 1899

Nov 1900

Tasmanian 2nd Bushman's Contingent



Mar 1900

May 1901

Tasmanian 3rd (1st Imperial) Contingent



Jun 1900

Jul 1901

Tasmanian 4th (2nd Imperial) Contingent



April 1901

May 1902

1st Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse



Mar 1902

Jul 1902

3rd Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse



8th Battalion Australian Commonwealth Horse

Tasmania furnished its quota to the Commonwealth regiments.  One detachment, 63 strong, sailed from Hobart on 14th February 1902, and were in time to do some good but trying work in the last great drives.  The next contribution, 121 strong, sailed at the end of March, and another, 120 strong, about 22nd May.

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

The Honours and Awards gained by the Tasmanian Contingents:

Pte J H Bisdee, Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen, won the Victoria Cross. Lieutenant Guy G E Wylly of the same corps also gained the Cross.

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(53 Records)

 Surname   Forename/inits   Regimental no   Rank   Notes 
BaileyE H71TrooperKilled in action. Uitkomsh, 11 September 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
Banks-SmithN99Lance CorporalSlightly wounded. Rietfontein, 9 October 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BarkerT W56PrivateDied of disease. Deelfontein, 15 June 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BettsH A12Lance CorporalKilled in action. Donkerhoek, 20 June 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BlackH M46TrooperDied of disease. Bloemfontein, 18 April 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BlockHWPrivateSource: OZ-Boer database
BridleyW M37TrooperPrisoner. Kaalfontein, 12 August 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BrothersC58PrivatePrisoner. Location unknown, 9 February 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BrownG H30TrooperWounded and prisoner. Warmbaths, 1 September 1900
Died date unknown
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BrowneE11CorporalWounded. Warmbaths, 1 September 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
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The Mentions gained by the Tasmanian contingents were as follows:—

LORD ROBERTS' DESPATCH: 2nd April 1901.-Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen: Colonel E T Wallack; Captains R C Lewis, A H Riggall; Lieutenants R Anderson, R Perkins; Sergeant J J Gardiner; Troopers R Chant, P Clark, R Douglas, F A Groom, A G Hillier, E R Jacson (killed). Mounted Infantry: Major C Cameron; Sergeant Major J Costello.

LORD KITCHENERS' DESPATCH: 8th March 1901.-Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen: Lieutenant A A Sale; Sergeant Kernsley. Mounted Infantry. Lieutenant F B Adams (2nd contingent).

8th May 1901.-Extract 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: "Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen: Sergeant Stocker (promoted Lieutenant) succeeded in getting right behind the laager during night, thereby enabling Lieutenant Reid to surround it and rush it from all sides at once".

8th July 1901.-Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen: Trooper E L D Brownell (promoted Corporal), on May 9th at Ganna Hock, Cape Colony, showed distinguished bravery in fighting with only one man (Private J E Wharbeston, same corps) 20 Boers, killing 2 Boers and 2 horses; finding he could not escape, and his comrade being mortally wounded, shot both horses to prevent them falling into the enemy's hands; taken prisoner and stripped; he was released, when he walked into camp and at once took an ambulance, remained out all night, and brought in Private Wharbeston.

8th December 1901.— 2nd Tasmanians (evidently 5th contingent): Quartermaster Sergeant D N Lyne, Sergeant A Coombes followed Sergeant Major Young of the Cape Police on the occasion on which he captured Commandant Erasmus at Ruiter's Kraal, August 13.

8th April 1902. — Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen: Lieutenant Colonel E T Watchorn (5th).

23rd June 1902.—Captain F B Adams (5th); Lieutenant A N Boyes; Lieutenant and Adjutant J M'Cormick (5th); Lieutenant G F Richardson. Transport: Sergeants A Coombes, G Murphy, G Kemsley; Trooper C Cawthorn.



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