The British North America Act of 1867 officially created the Dominion of Canada, and within forty years, Canada would send its first troops overseas to fight in a conflict for the British Empire. Canada would send more than 7,000 troops to South Africa to fight the Boers, descendants of the regions first Dutch immigrants. Between 1899 and 1902 Canadians fought the Boers, who were not expected to last long against the worlds foremost military power, but the Boers, using what can only be described today as Guerrilla warfare tactics. By the end of the conflict 267 Canadians had paid the ultimate sacrifice, and many more were injured. Over the past century, there are smaller local monuments commemorating their sacrifice, as well the names of the dead are listed in the Book of Remembrance in Ottawa. The war itself divided Canadians, mainly along language lines, similarly to the Great War in Canada. Remembrance has always been a difficult issues when it came to the South African War. It became part of the National War Memorial this year, and will now always be remembered as part of Canada's fight for freedom and equality around the world.
|The South African War dates are added to the side of the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Canada (Photo courtesy of http://blogs.canoe.ca/davidakin/?p=108461)|