WarMuseum.ca – South African War

Canadian Victoria Cross Recipients

Four members of Canadian units were awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) during the
South African War. This award was the British Empire’s highest military
decoration for gallantry.

The Queen’s South Africa Medal

All members of British or colonial forces who served in South Africa
during the actual period of hostilities, 11 October 1899 to 31 May 1902,
qualified for the Queen’s South Africa Medal.

Queen’s Scarf of Honour

In the last year of her life, Queen Victoria crocheted eight scarves
for presentation to members of her forces fighting in South Africa. The
Canadian scarf was awarded to Private R.R. Thompson for his actions in
going to the aid of wounded comrades at Paardeberg on 18 and 27…
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