The 2nd Battalion sailed in January 1900, and arrived at the Cape about 3rd February. Along with the 2nd Cheshire Regiment, 2nd South Wales Borderers, and 1st East Lancashire Regiment, they formed the 15th Brigade under Major General Wavell, and part of the VIIth Division under Lieutenant General Tucker. The work of the division has been sketched under the 2nd Norfolk Regiment, and that of the brigade under 2nd Cheshire.

After the occupation of Johannesburg the battalion was stationed in the neighbourhood of that town, and frequently had hard marches and some fighting, particularly towards the end of August, in the first half of September 1900, and again towards the close of the campaign.

Twelve officers and 17 non-commissioned officers and men were mentioned in Lord Roberts' final despatch.

Three officers, 1 non-commissioned officer, and 1 private gained mention in Lord Kitchener's despatches during the war, and in his final despatch he added the names of 3 officers and 4 non-commissioned officers and men.

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