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    Queen's South Africa Medal (type 2 reverse) Lord Strathcona's Horse, no clasp, named "439 SEJT G. MITCHELL. LD. STRATHCONA'S H:", without ribbon, very fine condition. George Mitchell was born in Chard, Somerset, England in 1870. He traveled to Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada where he was involve in ranching. He enlisted in Lord Strathcona's Horse in February 1900 after ten months service in the North West Mounted Police. On September 10, 1900 Mitchell was discharged in South Africa and joined the Imperial Military Railway. Mitchell was entitled to three claps for his Queen's South Africa Medal, Belfast, Orange Free State, and Natal (none of which are on the medal).

    The regiment was one of the last in the British Empire to be created and raised by a private individual, Donald Alexander Smith, 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal. During the Boer War, Lord Strathcona recruited and equipped the cavalry regiment at his own expense for service in South Africa. Many skilled horsemen (cowboys and North-West Mounted Police members) enlisted, allowing for a short training period and rapid deployment to Africa. The 537 officers and men, as well as 599 horses, of the new regiment sailed from Halifax on 18 March 1900 and arrived in Cape Town on 10 April. Command of "Strathcona's Horse" was given to the now famous Superintendent of the N.W.M.P., Sir Sam B. Steele.


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    December, 2012
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