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Title: The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada : a history of a splendid regiment’s origin, development and services, including a story of patriotic duties well performed in three campaigns
Year: 1901 (1900s)
Authors: Chambers, Ernest J., 1862-1925
Subjects: Canada. Army. Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
Publisher: Toronto, E.L. Ruddy
Contributing Library: Robarts – University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto
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ork is worthyof a place in the regimental record. He has justreturned to .South Africa as bugler in the Third Con-tingent. Bugler Williams says :— We arrived at Paardeberg drift about 6 a.m. on Sunday. After a hard nightsmarch, firing was heard just in front of where we camped, and we knew that a fightwas on quite clo.se to us. Just as we were becoming interested in a breakfast ofbiscuits and coffee, which the cooks had just placed on the fires, we were ordered toparade. This meant fight, and the idea of breakfast was gladly given up for a chanceto get at the wily one whom we had been marching after for a week or so. We weresoon at the river bank, and after securing our kits tightly around us to prevent themfrom washing away, we started to cross. I was carried o\er on the shoulders ofsome of the bigger fellows. If it had not been for this I shoukl ha\e had to stop atthe river bank, because the water was much deeper than 1 was tall, and the currentwas too strong to think of swimminj.
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BUGLER DOUGLAS F.WILLIAMS. When on the opposite bank, the companies were soon in line and extended, and we were into it almost before we knewwhere we were. We ad\anced in short rushes, taking advantage of any coverwe could see. Our company was acting support when we started, but we wereshortly brought into the firing line. All day was spent in advancing and firing.The orders came from the centre and were passed to the right and left from manto man. As I was onlv armed with a revolver, w^hich had not a long- enough raneeto be ot any use, most of my time was spent in helping wounded and passing am-munition from one man to another. By about 4.30 p.m. we had got quite close tothe enemys position, and were the furthest advanced of any of our troops, and wehad to keep pretty near the ground. The Cornwalls had moved up to withinabout 100 yards of our rear, and we heard them getting orders to fix bayonets andbe ready to rush. Bayonets were fixed, straps were tightened and we were ready. Soon
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