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Australian Involvement in the Boer War Timeline

1899

20 Feb 1899 NSWL Sqn Embarked For London for Six Months Rigorous Training at Cavalry School, Aldershot

11 Oct 1899 Boers Advance into Natal and Cape Colony to signal the Start of the Sth African Boer War 1899-1902.

21 October 1899 The First Australian Mounted Troops to Fight in the Second Boer War defeat the Boers at Elandslaagte as Part Of The Irregular Troops of the Imperial Light Horse.

2 Nov 1899 NSW Lancers Land at Cape Town, Boer War.

22 Nov 1899 NSW Lancers Join Gen John French’s Forces at Colesberg, Border District, Cape Colony.

23 Nov 1899 NSW Lancers Troop Begin their Campaign at Belmont, Boer War.

25 Nov 1899 New South Wales Lancers Involved in the Battle of Graspan, Boer War

27 Nov-Mid Dec 1899 First Contingent Australian Mounted Troops Arrive at Cape Town, Boer War.

13 Dec 1899 1st QMI Landed at Cape Town as the Predecessors for Other Contingents to the Boer War (1899-1902).

1900

Circa Jan 1900 NSWMR Sqn Commanded by Maj J.M. Antill Occupied Rebellious Boer Town of Prieska Supporting Loyalists and Harrassing Boer Sympathisers.

1 Jan 1900 1st QMI Attack Boer Laager at Sunnyside, Boer War.

16 Jan 1900 Patrol of NSW Lancers and Australian Horse Ambushed at Slingersfontein, Cape Colony, Boer War.

Feb 1900 1500 Australian Mounted Volunteers of the 2nd Contingents Arrived in South Africa.

1 Feb 1900 1st QMI Join Lord Robert’s Column on the March to Relieve Kimberley, Orange Free State, Boer War.

Early Feb 1900 QMI Part of Maj Gen French’s Cavalry Charge which routed the Boers at Klip Drift, Cape Colony, Boer War

6-12 Feb 1900 Australian Regt the First Australian Military Unit to Face a Serious attack, Colesberg, Cape Colony.

9 Feb 1900 Western Australian Troops Fought Valiantly Against Boer Attacks on Right Flank of Colesberg Defence, Cape Colony.

10 Feb 1900 Two Victorian Outposts on Left Flank of Colesberg Defence Overrun, Cape Colony.

12 Feb 1900 Australian Regt Fought Valiantly at Pink Hill, Colesberg Defence, Cape Colony.

13-15 Feb 1900 Australian Mounted Troops in Gen Roberts Drive to Relieve Kimberley, Boer War.

14 Feb 1900 QMI, NSWMR & NSWL Involved in the Relief of Kimberley, Boer War

15 Feb 1900 QMI Entered the Relieved Kimberley as Part of Maj Gen French’s Forces, Cape Colony, Boer War.

16 Feb 1900 QMI and New Zealanders Took Part in Action at Dronfield, Orange Free State, Boer War.

16-27 Feb 1900 Sqn of NSW Mounted Rifles Conduct Skirmishes Against Boer Rearguard withdrawing to Protect Bloemfontein, Boer War.

17 Feb 1900 NSWMR Involved in Major Action at Paardeburg, Orange Free State, South Africa, Boer War

18-27 Feb 1900 QMI Support Cordon that Contained General Gronje’s Army at Paardeberg Drift, Boer War.

6 Mar 1900 NSW Mounted Rifles Exchange Fire with Boers as Part of General Roberts’ Column Advancing to Blomfontein, Boer War.

12 Mar 1900 New South Wales Mounted Rifles Reached Bloemfontein, Boer War

13 Mar 1900 Australian Mounted Troops Enter Blomfontein Orange Free State as Part of Gen Robert’s Force, Boer War.

Mar 1900 Australian Mounted Troops Involved in Searching for Rebels and Commandoes, Western Border, Cape Colony, Boer War.

31 Mar 1900 QMI, NSWMR & Australian Horse Assist in the Relief of a Cav Bde Ambushed at Sannah’s Post, Free State Sth African Boer War.

6 Apr 1900 1st Mounted Infantry (MI) Bde Comprising the Combination of the 1st and 2nd Australian Contingent Units. Bloemfontein, Boer War

1-31 May 1900 QMI Advanced from Bloemfontein to Johannesburg, Transvaal, Boer War.

3 May 1900 Aust Mounted Troops in the Advance from Bloemfontein to Pretoria, South African Boer War

5 May 1900 NSW Mounted Rifles Charge The Boers in the River Vet at Coetzee’s Drift in the Advance from Bloemfontein to Pretoria, Sth African Boer War.

5-14 May 1900 Sqn of 3rd Contingent (QMI) Tasked to Escort Artillery in Relief of Mafeking, Cape Colony, Boer War.

10 May 1900 New South Wales Mounted Rifles in Action at Zand River, Boer War

16 May 1900 Australian Mounted Troops in the Relief of Mafeking, Transvaal, Boer War.

17 May 1900 Sqn 3rd Contingent (QMI) In Flying Column That Met and Defeated Boers En Route to Relieve Mafeking, Cape Colony, Boer War.

28 May 1900 Australian Mounted Troops Enter Johannesburg, Transvaal, Boer War

29 May 1900 1 VMR & 2 VMR in Action at Witwatersrand, Boer War

31 May 1900 QMI Capture Commandant Runck of the German Legion, Rand River, Orange Free State, Boer War.

Early Jun 1900 Australian Mounted Troops Enter Pretoria, Transvaal, Boer War.

11 Jun 1900 Australian Mounted Troops Committed in the Battle of Diamond Hill, Pretoria, Boer War. Day 1

12 Jun 1900 Australian Mounted /Troops Committed in the Battle of Diamond Hill, Pretoria, Boer War. Day 2

23 Jun 1900 4th Regt Imperial Bushmen Conducted Convoy Escorts in Support of the Advance to Middleburg, Boer War.

Jul-Aug 1900 QMI Reduced in Size and Command Charges to Maj Chauvel for a series of Battles, Orange Free State, Boer War.

2-3 Jul 1900 SA Sqn of 4th Regt Imperial Bushmen Charge Boers to Successfully Recapture Guns.

7 Jul 1900 Australian Mounted Troops Secure High Ground Dominating Rustenberg and Prevent Boer Attack

16 Jul 1900 Australian Mounted Troops in strike Nth East to Reach Rail line behind Boers, Pretoria.

19 Jul 1900 Australian Mounted Troops in Attack on Boer Wagon Trains at Palmietfontein, Boer War.

21-22 Jul 1900 QMI AS Part of Citizen Bushmen Force Ambushed by Boers in Action between Rustenburg and Elands River Post.

23-27 Jul 1900 NSW Lancers and Australian Horse Reached Middelburg, Boer War.

24 Jul 1900 4th Regt Imperial Bushmen Take Part in a Fierce Skirmish at Stinkhoutboom. Boer War.

4 Aug 1900 QMI form Part Of Australian Citizen Bushmen in the Siege of Elands River Post, Transvaal, Boer War. Day 1.

5 Aug 1900 QMI AS Part Of Australian Citizen Bushmen Part of Siege of Elands River Post, Boer War. Day 2.

6 Aug 1900 QMI Form Part of Australian Citizen Bushmen In Siege At Elands River Post, Boer War. Day 3

7 Aug 1900 Australian Citizen Bushmen Part of Siege of Elands River Post, Boer War. Day 4

8 Aug 1900 QMI Commander and Garrison Commander Reject Offer to Surrender, Elands River Post, Boer War. Day 5.

12 Aug 1900 QMI Force at Elands River Reject the Second Offer to Surrender, Elands River Post, Boer War. Day 9.

9-16 Aug 1900 Australians Make a Name for Themselves as the Siege of Elands River Post Concludes. Boer War Day 6-12.

15 Aug 1900 QMI as Part of Garrison at Elands River Post Survive the Seige Day. Boer War. Day 11.

16-17 Aug 1900 Imperial Bushmen in Action at Buffels Hoek, Boer War

25 Aug 1900 Australian Mounted Troops Form Part of the Attack on Belfast, Boer War.

26-27 Aug 1900 Australian Mounted Troops Overwhelm Bergendal Farm but Fail to pursue and trap the Boers. Boer War.

1 Sep-Oct 1900 Australian Mounted Troops Ambushed at Zwartklof (Black Ravine) Resulting in Awards Of Two Victoria Crosses and a DCM to Troopers

3 Sep 1900 2 WA Mounted Infantry Cleared a Path for Divisional Advance, Boer War

7 Sep 1900 Australian Mounted Troops Began Sweep to Clear Western Transvaal of Boer Bands, Boer War

9-24 Sep 1900 Australian Mounted Troops Involved in Push to Trap Botha’s Commandos.

Circa Mid Sept 1900 6 NSW Imperial Bushmen Mounted Troops in Flying Column to Relieve Schweizer-Renebe, W Transvaal.

6 Oct 1900 Australian Mounted Troops Relieve Imperial Troops at Bothaville

27 Oct 1900 NSW Mounted Troops Capture Boer Gun and Pursued Boers Across the Vaal.

1 Nov 1900 Australian Mounted Troops in Plumer’s Bde Attack 800 ‘Boers by Selm River

11 Nov 1900 Australian Mounted Bushmen See No Glory in Boer War

25 Nov 1900 Australian Mounted Troops Approach Rhenoster Kop

29 Nov 1900 Australian Mounted Troops in Plumer’s Bde Battle the Boers at Rhenoster Kop, Boer War

3 Dec 1900 VMR Troops In Imperial Escort Defeated by Boers near Buffelspoort, Boer War.

13 Dec 1900 1st Contingent QMI Leave South Africa for home, Boer War.

Mid Dec 1900 – Feb 01 Australian Mounted Troops Formed Part of Force to Engage 2000 Boers Entering Cape Colony.

1901

1 Jan 1901 Queensland Mounted Infantry Regiment (QMI) Attack Boer Laager in Orange Free State, Boer War

End Jan-Mid Apr 1901 Australian Mounted Troops Involved in Lord Kitchener’s First Forceful Drive Across Eastern Transvaal, Boer War.

9 Feb 1901 Australian Bushmen Contingents Ride of Colesburg in Search of De Wet’s Boer Force Crossing into Cape Colony, Boer War.

11 Feb 1901 Australian Mounted Troops Active in Engaging De Wet’s Advance Guard into Cape Colony, Boer War.

13 Feb 1901 Australian Mounted Troops in Plumer’s Column Harried De Wet’s Rearguard, Cape Colony, Boer War.

14 Feb 1901 Queenslanders as Part of the Australian Commonwealth Horse Force the Boer General De Wet to Flee, Wolverkuil, Boer War.

14-15 Feb 1901 Australian Mounted Troops in Plumer’s Column Find and Rout De Wet’s Column, Wolwekuil, Cape Colony, Boer War.

15 Feb 1901 Queensland Soldiers Capture Small Bands of Boers Single-Handed, Wolverkuil, Boer War.

16-22 Feb 1901 Qld Imperial Bushmen Pursue and Trap De Wet, Saxen Drift, Boer War.

18 Feb 1901 Australian Mounted Troops in Attack on Cyferlaagte Heights, Hartebeestfontein, Boer War.

24-28 Feb 1901 Australian Mounted Bushmen Capture Boer Party at Thorn Ravine as De Wet and Steyn Elude Capture.

3-27 Mar 1901 Australian Mounted Troops Defeated Koos de la Rey Forces, Lichtenburg, Boer War.

24 Mar 1901 Australians Captured Boer Convoy and Guns at Veldfontein, Boer War

Mar 1901 The Last of Second Contingent Australian Mounted Troopers Left the Battlefield for Home, Boer War.

8 Apr 1901 Aust Mounted Troops Rode into an Undefended Pietersburg, Free State, Boer War

15 Apr 1901 5th VMR Ride Out of Middleburg, Transvaal, Boer War

24 Apr 1901 4th Imperial Bushmen Capture Boer Laager, Transvaal, Boer War

Apr-Jul 1901 The Australian Bushmen Depart South Africa

7 May 1901 5th VMR Soldiers Ambushed by Boers near Rhenoster Kop, NE Transvaal, Boer War

9 May 1901 Victorian and Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen Active in the Cape area, Boer War.

16 May 1901 5th & 6th WA Mounted Infantry (WAMI) Fight their way out of Boer Trap, Brakpan Farm, Boer War.

22 May 1901 Aust Mtd Troops Reach Bethal as Part Of a Sweep to end Boer Resistance in the Eastern Transvaal. Boer War.

24 May 1901 2nd NSW Mounted Rifles and 3rd Imperial Bushmen Capture Boer Lager at Leeuwdoorns, Boer War.

Circa 24-25 May 1901 Troops at Bethal Returned to Standerton Under constant Sniper Fire, Eastern Transvaal, Boer War.

5-6 Jun 1901 Mounted Infantry and South Australian’s Defend Captured Boer Laager at Graspan, Boer War.

9 Jun 1901 Australian Mounted Troops Reached Piet Retief as Part Of March East of Standerton, Eastern Transvaal, Boer War.

12 Jun 1901 5th VMR Defeated by Boers at Wilmansrust, Boer War.

15 Jun 1901 Australian Irregular with South African Constabulary Awarded VC

17 Jun 1901 5th Qld Imperial Bushmen Fight their way out of Boer Traps in the Slangapiesberg Range, Eastern Transvaal, Boer War.

3-Mid July 1901 Australian Mounted Troopers Assist in the Pursuit of Boers in the Lyndenburg area, Eastern Transvaal, Boer War.

28-30 Jul 1901 South Australian Part of the Drive from Klerksdorp to the Moddor River, Transvaal and Orange Free State, Boer War.

30 Jul-16 Aug 1901 Australian Mounted Troops Continued to Assist in the pursuit of Boers, Carolina and Ermelo Districts, East Transvaal, Boer War.

2 Aug 1901 South Australians Attack Boers at Groovlei Farm, as Part Of the Drive to the Modder River, Boer War.

4-10 Aug 1901 Australian Mounted Troopers Involved in the Closure of the Drive from Klerksdorp to Modder River, Boer War.

4-13 Aug 1901 Tasmanian Mounted Soldiers Ranged the Eastern Cape and Joined the great push North, Roodespoort, Eastern Cape, Boer War.

16-20 Aug 1901 Australian Mounted Soldiers Active in Mounted Column Seeking Boers and Creating Destruction on the Population. Boer War

23 Aug 1901 5 VMR Form Part Of Force Reconnoitring Likely Boer Invasion Routes.

23 Aug 1901 6 Qld Imperial Bushmen Fight Frantic Boers, Vaal.

25 Aug-23 Sept 1901 Australian Mounted Troops Scour Free State for Boer Bands

6 Sept 1901 5th Qld Imperial Bushmen Ambushed at Mokari Drift, Free State

9 Sep 1901 Australian Mounted Troops Formed Part of Blocking Force Against Boers, Natal, Boer War

6 Oct 1901 Australian Commonwealth Regiment Battle the Boers at Paul Pietersburg, Natal

22 Oct 1901 Qld Mounted Troops In Action Through the Pongola Bush.

25-30 Oct 1901 Australian Mounted Trps Attacked by Botha’s Boer Troops at Antill near Schinmelshock, Boer War.

Nov 1901 Vic Mounted Troops Attack Bedroz Farm at Matjeskop, Natal

18 Nov 1901 2nd Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen Scouting Party Ambushed by Boers, Rietfontein Farm, Cape Colony, Boer War.

23 Nov 1901 5 VMR Troop Leader Earned VC for action at Geelhontboam, Boer War.

30 Nov 1901 3rd NSW Mounted Rifles Track and Fight De Wet at Spytfontein as part of Rimington’s Column, Free State, Boer War.

1 Dec 1901 Australian Mounted Troops Formed Part 0f a Great Drive Across Eastern Transvaal, Boer War.

3 Dec 1900 VMR Troops In Imperial Escort Defeated by Boers near Buffelspoort, Boer War.

6 Dec 1901 5th Qld Imperial Bushmen Battle 500 Boers at Baalbank, South East Transvaal, Boer War.

9-13 Dec 1901 Australian Mounted Troops in Hamilton’s Flying Column that Captured Fleeing Groups of Boers, Eastern Transvaal, Boer War.

1902

4 Jan 1902 5th Queensland Imperial Bushmen and Elements of the VMR Fought Valiantly Against Overwhelming Forces at Onverwacht, Boer War.

24 Jan 1902 SA Mounted Infantry Killed in Action to pin Boers against a blockhouse line, Harrismith, Orange Free State, Boer War.

Feb 1902 Australians First Expeditionary Force Recruited for Boer War Service

3 Feb 1902 Doyle’s Australian Scouts Scattered 300 Boers at Amorsfoort, Eastern Transvaal, Boer War.

6-8 Feb 1902 Australian Mounted Troops Form Part of the Drive across the Free State to Trap De Wet, Boer War.

12-19 Feb 1902 Australian Mounted Troops Commence Drive to Trap De Wet and his Forces at Harrismith, Orange Free State, Boer War.

18 Feb 1902 2nd Tasmanian Imperial Bushmen Capture Boer Commandant, Grootfontein, Cape Colony, Boer War.

18 Feb 1902 Australian Army’s First Overseas Deployment as 1st Aust Commonwealth Horse Bn Sailed for Sth Africa

22 Feb 1902 Four Soldiers from 3rd NSW Mounted Rifles Trapped in a vast Alley near Harrismith Captured by Boers.

24 Feb 1902 3rd NSW Mounted Rifles Fire on De Wet and Boer Commandos Breaching the containment line, Langverwacht, Free State, Boer War.

27 Feb 1902 Australian Mounted Troops in Kitchener’s Force Reach Harrismith and the End of Boer Resistance in Eastern Free State, Boer War.

27 Feb 1902 Bushveldt Carbineer Irregulars, Australian Lts Morant and Handcock, Executed as a Result of a Controversial Conviction for Murdering Eight Boer Prisoners.

March-May 1902 Australian Draft Contingents Finish Their War and Sail for Australia, Boer War.

Mid Mar 1902 First Contingent Aust Commonwealth Horse landed in Durban and Entrained to Newcastle, Boer War

Late Mar/Early Apr 1902 First Contingent Aust Commonwealth Horse Deployed To Trap Boer Forces near Newcastle, Western Transvaal, Boer War

19 Apr 1902 1st & 2nd Aust Commonwealth Horse, 3rd NSW Imperial Bushmen and Haslers Scouts March Out of Klerksdorp, Boer War

7 May 1902 Australian Bde of Mounted Troops Joined in on the Last Great Drive against the Boers from Klerksdorp to the Western Railway at Vryburg, Boer War

11 May 1902 Australian Mtd Troops Reached Blockhouse at Devondale Siding, Western Railway. Boer War

31 May 1902 The Boer War Ends

August 1902 Final Contingents Return Home from Boer War.

Major John Baines, RAAC Historian, 2012

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