The South African, or ‘Boer’ War is the first battle honour of the Regiment and sits atop the cap badge:
The South African War saw the Regiment contribute to the City of London Imperial Volunteers. Reginald Shipley then a Captain, later Colonel Commanding the Regiment at the outbreak of World War One, was first appointed to command the 250 officers and men who embarked for South Africa on the Garth Castle, one of the ships transporting the CIV South. He was also in command of E Company, which included the Regimental detachment, as can be seen on Page 2 of the Nominal Roll shown below (centre column, top) and a photo of which survives and is reproduced at the bottom of this page:
The Regimental detachment saw service in the Orange Free State and in actions near Johannesburg and Diamond Hill, after its first official duty of mounting the Guard at Government House, which was a high honour, but perhaps somewhat frustrating for a company of men who had volunteered for active duty on the other side of the world. It was at Government House that they were inspected by Bro and Field Marshall Lord Roberts.
The Regiment further contributed a special service company to the 2nd and later 3rd Battalions of the King’s Royal Rifle Corps, with Robert fFinden Davies among them.
For more information about the Boer War and the units and men that fought it this website is an excellent resource (it is neither affiliated to the Lodge nor is it masonic in nature or content).