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Banner: From Colony to Country: A Reader's Guide to Canadian Military History

Canadian Military History: An Overview
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South African War
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Participation: Biography - Military

The Dictionary of Canadian biography (Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press, 1966- ) and the Dictionnaire biographique du Canada([Québec]: Presses de l'Université Laval, 1966- ) provide authoritative biographies of persons deceased before 1921.

Among those who served in South Africa, many held more than one career. Some served in earlier conflicts, e.g. Col. Sam Steele in the Northwest Rebellion, later wars (First and Second World Wars) and in public life.

Canada. Veterans Affairs. - John McCrae. - [Ottawa: Minister of Supply & Services, 1988]. - 12 p. - Text in English and French with French text on inverted pages. - Title on added t.p.: John McCrae. - Also available on the Web:

*Gouin, Jacques ; Brault, Lucien. - Legacy of honour: the Panets, Canada's foremost military family. - Foreword by Antoine de Lotbinière Panet II. - Toronto: Methuen, 1985. - 240 p. - Also published in French under the title: Les Panet de Québec: histoire d'une lignée militaire

  • "Chapter 5: The fifth generation: seven sons of Charles-Eugène Panet, of whom one served in the South African War and the First World War, and one in both world wars". - P. 112-137

  • Pages 119-124 describes the career of Henri-Alexandre Panet in the South African War.

  • Additional information on the www. Biography, the Panet letters and the Panet journal. Access:

"Henry Joseph Woodside". In Robertson, Peter. - Irréductible vérité: les photographes militaires canadiens depuis 1885 = Relentless verity: Canadian military photographers since 1885.- Québec, Québec: Presses de l'université Laval ; Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1973. - P. 50-51. - (Public Archives of Canada series)

In Flanders Fields and other poems by Lieut.-Col. John McCrae, M.D. with an essay in character by Sir Andrew Macphail. - Toronto: William Briggs, 1919. - 141 p.

  • P. 92-104 covers South Africa with extracts from his letters and writings.

Labat, Gaston P. - Le livre d'or (The golden book) of the Canadian Contingents in South Africa with an appendix on Canadian loyalty: containing letters, documents, photographs: portraits of Queen Victoria ; King Edward VII ; and the Queen of England. - Montreal: [s.n.], 1901. - xii, 178, xii, 199, 66 P. - Text in English and French. - Title on added t.P. : Le livre d'or des Contingents canadiens dans l'Afrique du Sud avec un appendice sur le loyalisme canadien: contenant lettres, documents, photographies ainsi que les portraits de la Reine Victoria ; du Roi Edouard VII ; et de la Reine d'Angleterre. - Reproduced in microform format: CIHM microfiche series, no. 73976

  • Includes biographies ; several letters in English and French.

"Lessard, Francois Louis". - The Canadian men and women of the time: a hand-book of Canadian biography of living characters. - Edited by Henry James Morgan. - 2nd ed. - Toronto: William Briggs, 1912. - P. 653-654

"Lessard, François-Louis". - Références biographiques: Canada-Québec. - 5 vol. -. [rédaction] Louis-Alexandre Bélisle. - Montréal: Éditions de la famille canadienne, ©1978. - Vol. 4, P. 28

Morton, Desmond. - The Canadian general: Sir William Otter. - Toronto: Hakkert, 1974. - 423 P.  - (Canadian War Museum historical publication ; 9)

"Paardeberg, 1899-1900". - P. 169-200; "Pretoria, 1900". - P. 201-236

Pelletier, Oscar C. - Mémoires, souvenirs de famille et récits.  - Par le Colonel Oscar C. Pelletier ancien commandant du septième district militaire de Québec. - Québec: [s.n.], 1940. - 396 p.

  • "Chapitre neuvième: Campagne d'Afrique: Ile Sainte Hélène, Les îles du Cap-Vert ; Le retour". - P. 306-359

Prescott, John F. - In Flanders Fields: the story of John McCrae. - Erin, Ont.: Boston Mills Press, 1985. - 144 p.

  • "Chapter Five: The Boer War: 1899-1900". - P. 29-42. - "The unconquered dead" (poem). - P. 55

Pulsifer, Cameron. - "Richard Rowland Thompson and his Queen's Scarf: an historical investigation". - Canadian military history. - Vol. 6, no. 1 (Spring 1997). - P. 69-83. - Also, Dictionary of Canadian biography. - Vol. XIII: 1901-1910, P. 1027 and Dictionnaire biographique du Canada. - Vol. XIII de 1901 à 1910, p. 1115

"Sir Eugene Fiset". - Biographies canadiennes-françaises. - Publiées par J.-A. Fortin. - Quinzième éd. - Montréal: Éditions biographiques canadiennes-françaises, 1948. - P. 239-241

  • Includes a description of his military career in South Africa. Captain Eugène Fiset later became lieutenant-governor of Quebec, 1939-50.

Steele, Samuel Benfield, Sir. - Forty years in Canada: reminiscences of the great North-West with some account of his service in South Africa by Colonel S.B. Steele, C.B., M.V.O, late of the N.W.M. Police and the S. )African Constabulary.... - Edited by Mollie Glen Niblett ; with an introduction by J.G. )Colmer, C.M.G. - Toronto: McClelland, Goodchild & Stewart, 1915. - 428 P. 

  • Chapters XVII, XVIII and XIX. Pages 338-412 deal with service in South Africa during and after the Boer War.

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