While in Québec City I came across this statue, which honours the Canadians who died during the Boer War (1899-1902) in South Africa.
I had never heard of the Boer War, but as it turns out, this battle marked the first foreign campaign and conflict that Canada officially participated in. We supported the British, as one of her Dominion states, who led the charge. At the time Canada did not yet have a formal military in place, so approximately 7,000 Canadian volunteers participated in the conflict, of which 270 died. Altogether, Canada fielded one Regiment, two Battalions, and three Batteries. Sculpted by Hamilton T.C. MacCarthy (1846 - 1939). To learn more about the Canadian context of this war, click here.