2nd Battalion sailed on the Assaye about 4th January 1900, and arrived
at the Cape about the 23rd. Along with the 2nd Norfolk Regiment, 1st
K.O.S.B., and 2nd Lincolns, they formed the 14th Brigade under Brigadier-General
Chermside, and part of the VIIth Division commanded by Lieut.-General
Tucker. The work of the brigade and division is sketched under the 2nd
At Karee Siding on 29th March 1900 the battalion's losses were 1 officer
and 11 men wounded. The battalion had no heavy fighting in the advance
to Pretoria. After the occupation of the capital the 14th Brigade was
detailed to garrison the city and neighbourhood.1
The battalion was present at the ceremony of proclaiming the annexation
of the Transvaal on 25th October 1900.2
Eleven officers and 13 non-commissioned officers and men were mentioned
in Lord Roberts' final despatch.
During the latter part of the campaign the battalion was chiefly employed
on garrison duty in the Transvaal, being for some time at the much-to-be-avoided
Koomati Poort. They also held other posts near the eastern border. They
had no costly fighting, but by a railway accident near Barberton on
30th March 1902 they had the grievous misfortune to lose 40 men killed
and about 50 injured.
The Mounted Infantry company, acting with Colonel Pulteney and General
Plumer, was present at the action of Onverwachte, Volksrust district,
on 4th January 1902, when the Boers, who had been retiring during the
forenoon, suddenly turned and attacked the advance-guard when at their
dinners. The company held their ground well against an overwhelming
force until assistance came up. Their losses were 7 killed and 1 officer
and about 4 men wounded.
In Lord Kitchener's final despatch 4 officers and 4 non-commissioned
officers were mentioned.
Lord Roberts' despatch of 14th August 1900.
Lord Roberts' telegram of 25th October 1900.