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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 Surname   Forename   No   Rank   Notes 
AdamsS3187Private2nd Battalion
Demise: Died of disease 24 May 1900
Place: Kroonstad
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
AmphlettCharles GroveCaptainAMPHLETT, CHARLES GROVE, Captain, was born 8 March, 1862.  He entered the Army 12 November 1884; was promoted Captain in 1893.  He served in the South African War, 1899-1900, commanding the 1st Mounted Infantry Regiment.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with four clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Charles Grove Amphlett, Captain, North Staffordshire Regiment.  In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa".  The Insignia were presented by the King 17 December 1901.  He was promoted Major 14 March, 1901; was placed on the Reserve of Officers, North Staffordshire Regiment; and was a Justice of the Peace for Salop and Staffordshire.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
AstellSomerset Charles Godfrey FairfCaptainASTELL, SOMERSET CHARLES GODFREY FAIRFAX, Captain, was born on the 15th July 1866, son of  General C E Astell (and grandson of W Astell, MP), and of H D, daughter of F Spaight, of Derry Castle, Tipperary.  He was educated at St Columba College, Dublin, and joined the service 4 May 1887, becoming Captain 17 December 1895.  He served in the Sudan (Dongola), 1896, and received two medals, the Queen's and the Khedive's.  He served in the South African War in 1900; was Intelligence Officer, Wakkerstroom, April, 1901; in charge of the Johannesburg Criminal Investigation Department 6 June, 1900 to 25 February 1901; was present at the Relief of Kimberley, during operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900; during actions at Karee Siding, Vet River (5 and 6 May) and Zand River; during operations in the Transvaal in May 1900, including actions near Johannesburg.  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 16 April, 1901], and received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and the King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "Somerset Charles Godfrey Fairfax Astell, Captain, North Staffordshire Regiment.  In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa".  (Insignia, etc, sent to the Commander-in-Chief, South Africa, and presented by the Duke of Cornwall and York 14 August 1901).  Captain Astell was Adjutant, 4th North Staffordshire Quarters, Lichfield, 1902-3.  He married, in 1903, Frederica Beatrice, only child of James Frederick Roberts, CMG, FRGS, and Mary Beatrice, second daughter of Sankey Gardner, JP, of Eaglesbush Neath.  Captain Astell's favourite recreations were hunting, shooting and fishing.  He died 24 March, 1917.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
BaileyW / F5597Private2nd Battalion
Demise: Died of disease - scurvy 13 Feb 1900
Place: Orange River Station
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
BarkerJ / C4139PrivateDemise: Died of disease 02 May 1900
Place: Noupoort
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
BarkerW7125Private2nd Battalion
Demise: Died of disease 25 Oct 1900
Place: Norvals Pont
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
BarnettWilliam AlexanderCaptainBARNETT, WILLIAM ALEXANDER, Captain, was born on 5 September 1866, and entered the Army on 7 February 1885. He served during the operations in Zululand in 1888; was promoted Captain 1 May 1893, and Major 12 February 1902. Major Barnett served in the South African War, 1900-2, as Assistant to the Military Governor of Johannesburg, from 6 January 1900. Operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including actions at Karee Siding, Vet River (5 and 6 May) and Zand River; operations in the Transvaal in May 1900, including actions near Johannesburg; operations in the Transvaal 30 November 1900 to 31 May 1902. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "William Alexander Barnett, Captain, North Staffordshire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa". The Insignia were presented by the King 17 December 1901. He was employed with the Johannesburg Police 1 May 1901 to 30 June, 1906. He died 21 Sept, 1910.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
BarrettA4337SergeantDemise: Died of disease - enteric fever 05 Jul 1900
Place: UK. Netley Hosp
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
BickleyW4361Lance CorporalDemise: Died of disease 24 Apr 1902
Place: Carnarvon
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
BloorJ6077PrivateDemise: Died of disease 01 Feb 1902
Place: Carnarvon
Source: In Memoriam by S Watt
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