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The 1st Battalion sailed on the Bavarian about 18th January 1900, and arrived at the Cape about 3rd February. Along with the 2nd Cheshire, 2nd South Wales Borderers, and 2nd North Staffordshire, they formed the 15th Brigade under Major General A G Wavell, and part of the VIIth Division under Lieutenant General Tucker. For notes as to general work of the division see 2nd Norfolk, and of the brigade see 2nd Cheshire.

The battalion was said to have done well at Karee Siding on 29th March 1900. They lost that day 5 men killed and 14 wounded. At the crossing of the Zand River on 10th May they also did their portion of the task well.

In Lord Roberts' final despatch 11 officers and 17 non-commissioned officers and men were mentioned.

In 1901 the battalion furnished the infantry of columns which operated in the Southern Transvaal and in the Orange River Colony under Brigadier General G Hamilton, Colonel Grey, Colonel Garratt, and others, and necessarily did a lot of very hard marching and had a good many little fights.

In 1902 the battalion assisted in holding a line of blockhouses near Vrede during the driving operations.

Three officers, 1 non-commissioned officer, and 1 private were mentioned in Lord Kitchener's despatches during the war, and 4 officers and 4 non-commissioned officers in his final despatch.

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 Surname   Forename/inits   Regimental no   Rank   Notes 
AndersonG4755PrivateWounded. Bankfontein, 20 August 1900
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BaileyS3403CorporalSlightly wounded. Near Dundas Farm Post, 24 January 1902
1st Battalion.
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BainesL O TLieutenant1st Battalion
Demise: Died of disease - enteric fever 04 Mar 1902
Place: Heilbron
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
BainesL O TLieutenantDied of disease. Heilbron, 4 March 1902
1st Battalion.
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BainesLancelot Oswald TalbotLieutenantHe died from enteric at Heilbron March 4th, 1902. He was the fourth son of L T  Baines of Bawtry, Yorkshire, was born July 1877, and educated at Cheltenham.  He joined the East Lancashire Regiment in May 1900, from the 3rd Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment (3rd West York Militia), then embodied and in Ireland, and was promoted Lieutenant October 1901.  He served in South Africa during 1900, being invalided home in 1901.  On recovering he returned in December 1901, and served in the ORC up to his death.  His name was inscribed on the Eleanor Cross War Memorial at Cheltenham College.
Source: Donner
BallT2807Private1st Battalion
Demise: Died of disease 20 Apr 1902
Place: Kroonstad
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
BallT2807PrivateDied of disease. Kroonstad, 20 April 1902
1st Battalion.
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BamberH5433CorporalSlightly wounded 29 Mar 00 Kareee Siding
Source: DCM recipients
BamberH5433CorporalSlightly wounded. Karee Siding, 29 March 1900
1st Battalion.
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
BamberH5433CorporalMID LG: 10 September 1901, page: 5943. Source: Field Marshal Roberts. 4 September 1901. Re: General mentions
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NCOs of the 1st Btn
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Officers of the 1st Btn
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Officers of the 3rd Btn
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Boer War DCM group to Sgt S H Willis, ELR. DNW July 2017
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