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Tour South Africa

Newcastle C1 Apr 1902

Based at Newcastle the First Contingent Aust Commonwealth Horse deployed outposts to block passes in nearby mountains while massive Imperial columns drove local Boers towards a blockhouse line of containment.

Australian Mounted Troops Involved:

1st Contingent. Aust Commonwealth Horse, ie:
1st Australian Commonwealth Horse (Lt Col J.S. Lyster)
(Four and a half mounted rifle sqns; 3 x NSW, 1 x Qld, ½ WA)
2nd Australian Commonwealth Horse (Lt Col D. McLeish)
(Four and a half mounted Rifle Sqns; 3 x Vic, 1 x SA, ½ WA)

Reference: Wilcox, Craig. Australia’s Boer War. The War In South Africa 1899-1902. Oxford University Press in conjunction with AWM, Australia, 2002, ISBN 0 19 551637 0 p336-337


Major John Baines

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