The Boer War


All of the forebear regiments of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment were represented in the Boer War in South Africa and the Volunteers provided reinforcements on operations. The 2nd Queen’s fought at the Tugela River and Spion Kop, where they were with the 2nd Middlesex and were also at The Relief of Ladysmith. The 2nd Buffs pursued the Boer leader Piet Cronje until he surrendered at Paardeberg, where they fought side-by-side with The 2nd Hampshires and later went on to Bloemfontein, where they were joined by the 1st Royal Sussex and occupied Pretoria. The 2nd East Surreys were also in action at Tugela and at Colenso with The Queen’s. At Pieter’s Hill, Private Curtis of the East Surreys was to win the VC for bringing in his wounded Commanding Officer under intense fire. The Boer ‘Kommandos’ fought on until finally compelled by Lord Roberts’ policy of attrition to end the war on the 1st June 1902.