Forum member qsamike did a review of KNOWING NO FEAR on the Victorian Wars Forum and I thought I would post it here:
Knowing No Fear the History of the Canadian Scouts in South Africa, 1900-1902, (The Boer War).
"The Scouts regarded themselves as fighters not "tin soldiers".
Author: Jim Wallace with Capt. Mike Dorosz
Published: August 1st 2008
Illustrations and Maps: 50
The Canadian Scouts represent a unique period in British military history when irregular units were recruited to augment the regular forces available for the campaign in South Africa. Many of the irregular units were largely made up of "Colonials" from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Cape Colony, providing an opportunity for the so-called "Colonials" do demonstrate their prowess in guerilla warfare in which they were often deployed as scouts.
This book is the definitive history of the 1003 men who served in the Canadian Scouts from their formation to their disbandment. The youngest members of the scouts were Sergeant Walter Bapty and Trooper Stanley Rankin, both who were 16 when they enlisted to the Commanding Officer Major Howard at 55. Table One lists all the 16 countries represented and quantifies that were represented in the Scouts. There is a full casualty list, listing of the Coronation Contingent, Honours and Awards, and of course a Nominal and Medal Roll.
SOME FAMOUS MEMBERS OF CANADIAN SCOUTS WHO WENT ON TO GREATER THINGS:
1) Captain H. Trenchard became Marshal of the Royal Air Force (RAF) Sir Hugh Trenchard, 1st Viscount Trenchard GCB, GCMG, GCVO.
2) Capt. J. R. Longley became Major-General Sir John Raynsford Longley, KCMG, CB.
3) Private E. Hilliman, 17th Lancers, Constable North West Mounted Police (N.W.M.P.), Corporal C.M.R., Captain Canadian Scouts, retired as Brigadier General Edward Hilliam CMG, CB, DSO and Bar, MiD x 6, Legion of Honour and Croix de Guerre.
4) One member rose to the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Canadian Mounted Rifles in WW1 was court martialed due to problems with alcohol, re-enlisted under an assumed name as a private in the R.C.A. rose to rank of Battery Sergeant Major and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) and the Military Medal (MM).
The Medal Roll consist of the following information:
C) Regimental Number (s)
D) Nationality (When Known)
E) Enlistment Date and Discharge Date
F) Other units in which the individual served.
G) Medals and Clasps (for service with the Canadian Scouts)
H) Additional Information ( Awards, Wounds, Death, Coronation etc.)
e.g.: DIGGER, Albert, Cpl / 32323 / AUS / 23 Jan., 01 - May 02 / QIB - KFS / QSA - CC, OFS, TVL, 01, 02 / Cor.
This shows that 32323 Corporal Albert Digger, an Australian, served in the Canadian Scouts from January 23rd, 1901 to May 1902. He also served in the Queensland Imperial Bushmen and Kitchener’s Fighting Scouts. He was entitled to the Queen’s South Africa Medal with bars Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, South Africa 1901 and South Africa 1902. He was also a member of the Coronation Contingent.
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