Boer War (1899-1902)

The Boer War was waged between 11 October 1899 and 31 May 1902. Old Boys who served in the conflict are listed below:

J S ALLEN (SHS: enrolled 1891)
Sydney Charles BARNES (SHS: enrolled c 1896)
Harry Herbert BLUNDEN (SHS: 1884-1885)
Leighton Seymour BRACEGIRDLE (SHS: enrolled c 1896)
Henry William CORTIS (SHS: Enrolled 1890)
Herbert Victor CREER (SHS: enrolled c 1896)
Reginald Charles (Ferrers) CREER (SHS: enrolled c 1896)
James Gordon LEGGE (SHS: Master 1885-1890)
James Osburne LILLY (SHS: 1885-1885)
Clarence Montrose MacPHERSON (SHS: enrolled 1890)
George Frederick MORTIMER (SHS: enrolled c 1896)
William A NEWMAN (SHS: enrolled 1889)
L J RICHARDSON (SHS 1887-1888)
Henry Casimir SMART (SHS: enrolled c 1896)
William Walker Russell WATSON (SHS: 1890-1893)
George Watkin WYNNE (SHS: 1884-1887)

W W R Watson
Colonel W W R Watson

The School’s 1933 History records:

When the clarion of Empire was sounded during the Boer War, 1899-1902, many Old Boys answered the call, and, to the everlasting glory of the School, many of them earned great and glorious personal honours for their conduct and achievements during this struggle. These gentlemen include Colonel W Watson, Major G W Wynne, Sergeant S C Barnes, Captain J O Lilly, L J Richardson, G F Mortimer, H H Blunden, H W Cortis, and J S Allen.

It was Colonel Watson who demanded the surrender of Pretoria, and carried the Union Jack when the British Forces marched triumphantly into that city.

Another of the Old Boy participants of whom the School is proud is S C Barnes, who was one of the first to enlist for active service. He served with the 1st Australian Horse, and took part in the activities in Cape Colony, Orange Free State, through the Transvaal and on to the Portuguese border, South-West Africa. He holds the Queen’s Medal with six clasps:
Belfast,
Diamond Hill,
Johannesburgh,
Friefontein,
Paardeberg,
Relief of Kimberley,
which indicates having been present at all those engagements, and many others leading up to them. It was not possible to obtain more bars to this decoration in this Brigade.