Summerside Journal

PEI Contingent - Transvaal

25 October 1899

The following article was originally published in the Summerside Journal of 25 October 1899. It was reprinted for the centennial issue of the Summerside Journal-Pioneer published on 12 October 1965. The issue contained several old articles in a section titled "Interesting Items from Old Issues of the Journal".

This article has been transcribed from the 1965 centennial issue, and is presented here without any changes to the spelling or grammar.

Prince Edward Island Contingent - Transvaal: Summerside Journal, 25 October 1899

The following is a list of the men who were selected and enrolled for the Transvaal on Saturday afternoon, 21st. of October, 1899; Hurdis L. MacLean, Jas. L. Walker, Artemas R. Dillon, James Matheson, Joseph O'Reilly, Hedley V. MacKinnon, John Boudreau, Herbert H. Brown, Ernest W. Bowness, Alfred Riggs, J. Edward Small, Lawrence Gaudet, Roland D. Taylor, Reginald Cox, Walter Lane, John Archd. Harris, Thomas Leslie MacBeth, Leroy Harris, Thomas Ambrose Rodd, Lorne Stewart, Fredk. B. McRae, Richard Joseph Foley, Nelson Brace, Michael J. McCarthy, Joshua T. Leslie, R. Ernest Lord, Frederick Waye, and Arthur J. B. Mellish.

The credit for the raising of the above volunteers was given to Major Weeks for he was the first to volunteer and was very enthusiastic in the matter, and a great favorite with the men.

The province of Prince Edward Island was asked to enlist 1,000 men for the Transvaal and to accept only those in the best physical condition and who are good marksman. Unmarried men were in greatest demand.

[Note: Two of the men listed above, Alfred Riggs and Roland Taylor, were PEI's only fatalities during the Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902. Both men are commemorated on the Boer War Monument, Charlottetown. - DLM]

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