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Boer War Diary

Part Of:
Elgin County Vertical File Collection
Description Level:
Storage Room:
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location:
Box 50, File 11
R5 S5 Sh2 B2
Accession No.:
Scope & Content:
George E. Thorman Papers
- typed copy of a diary kept by someone who served in the Boer War, ___ Stanbury
(Thought to be a copy of the Boer War Diary of F. G. Stanbury)
(Six men from the 25th Elgin Battalion in St. Thomas joined the first Canadian contingent at London, Ontario in October, 1899 and went to South Africa. Harry Travers joined in Montreal. The first page of this diary starts with "Monday, Oct. 23, 1899 Went to London...was examined, passed and enlisted for the Canadian South African Contingent. Returned to St. Thomas..." The six men joined B Company of the Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry. The six men and Harry Travers are each named more than once in the diary, except F. G. Stanbury. In a diary one writes “I” and does not usually write one's own name. Since his is the only name in the group not mentioned, this suggests that the diary is F. G. Stanbury's diary. This is not, however, the same as having his name on the cover of the diary).
(Here are the names of the seven men from Elgin who joined the first Canadian contingent and some of the page numbers in the diary where they are mentioned, for reference: Archie Anderson, p. 19, 24 Egerton Farley, p. 19, 23, 24 (died). Replaced by Percy Stacey of St. Thomas, p. 49 William James Green, p. 11, 15, 18, 28, 42, 43, 58 Frederick George Stanbury John Sutherland, p.10, 28, 33, 42, 43, 58 Henry/Harry B. Travers, p. 24, 42 Henry/Harry Westaway, p. 18, 34, 39, 42)
All comments in brackets () were made by an external reviewer in August, 2020.

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