A QSA & Documentation to the Canadian Scouts
A QSA & Documentation to the Canadian Scouts - CAPE COLONY, ORANGE FREE STATE, TRANSVAAL (38956 SJT: W.R. MARSHALL. CANADIAN SCOUTS). Naming is officially impressed. Very crisp detail, cleaned, light contact, original ribbon, near extremely fine. Accompanied by original documents, including Certificate of Discharge from the Canadian Scouts (in consequence of disbandment, at Pretoria, dated 1902, with "Sgt. Wm R Marshall Montreal P.Q." signed on the reverse); Board of Trade Certificate of Discharge from the Canadian Scouts as an Officer in a British Possession Abroad (served from December 2, 1901 to January 7, 1902 as a "Horseman", dated January 7, 1902, engaged at St. John, New Brunswick, discharged and stamped Port Elizabeth, South Africa); Certificate of Discharge from No. 6 Company, 1st Regiment, Prince of Wales Fusiliers (service from May 8, 1899 to November 25, 1902; dated at Montreal, November 25, 1902 and embossed stamped Land Warrant 1908); Certificate of Discharge from 1st Prince of Wales Regiment Fusiliers (service from May 13, 1904 to June 8, 1905, dated at Montreal, June 14, 1905 and embossed stamped Land Warrant 1908); Memorandum from Adjutant, Canadian Scouts to Marshall (dated July 29, 1902, Pretoria); Imperial Military Railways, Johannesburg Letter (from the W.W. Hoy, per the Traffic Manager, to Assistant Director of Railways, Johannesburg, regarding Corporal Marshall's application fo a refund); two page letter on J. Rattray & Co. Limited, Montreal letterhead from Marshall (requesting a document to confirm his position as a Drill Instructor with the Verdun Training Squadron of the 13th Scottish Light Dragoons, from 1914 to 1917, dated March 18, 1919); Prince of Wales Regiment Fusiliers Annual Dinner Menu, Montreal 1905; Durant Motors of Canada, Limited Remittance Envelope, along with six personal items, including Sergeant Major Stripes (four rows of gold wire stripes on a black cloth base, 71 mm x 144 mm, slight tear between rows two and three on one side); 13th Scottish Light Dragoons Cap Badge (brass, 37 mm x 41 mm, intact lugs); Glengarry Checkered Band (three-colour wool, 40 mm x 286 mm); Rosette (three-colour stacked pleated cloth, red feather on the reverse, 90 mm x 140 mm); Group of Eight Studio Photograph (sepia-toned, studio stamped "Ed Gagne PHOTO MONTREAL", with Marshall standing in the back row at the far right); and Glass Plate with the Government Building, Pretoria, South Africa (sepia-toned, inscribed in pencil "Sgt. Wm R. Marshall Canadian Scouts Pretoria S.A." on the reverse, 71 mm x 109 mm). Footnote: William Renwick Marshall was born in 1880 and was serving with No. 6 Company, 1st Prince of Wales Regiment Fusiliers when he joined the Canadian Scouts on December 2, 1901, in Saint John, New Brunswick, as a "Horseman", to fight in the Boer War in South Africa. The Canadian Scouts were raised in South Africa in December 1900 and January 1901, and were the brainchild of Lieutenant Arthur L. "Gat" Howard, the machine gun officer of the Royal Canadian Dragoons. Their armament including six Colt machine guns, a larger number than normal. Most of the other officers had served as non-commissioned officers in the second Canadian contingent, among them the former commanders of the scout sections of the Royal Canadian Dragoons and the Canadian Mounted Rifles. Known for disdaining standard military discipline, the Canadian Scouts gained a reputation as a group of hard-riding, implacable, and death-defying soldiers. They saw extensive action and suffered a large number of casualties, however, Marshall survived the War, being discharged at Port Elizabeth on January 7, 1902. He returned to Canada to serve with the 1st Prince of Wales Victoria Rifles, and later, the 13th Scottish Light Dragoons (who were created in 1904 at Waterloo, Quebec, as an amalgamation of the 79th Shefford and Brome Regiment and "C" and "D" Squadrons of the 6th Hussars). He wanted to join the Princess Patricia's when World War I broke out. However, his wife insisted he stay on the home front, now that he was age 34 and had a family to support. In alliance with Colonel G.C. Morris and Reverend F. Whitley, they formed the Verdun Training Squadron of the 13th Scottish Light Dragoons for overseas service. Marshall was Drill Instructor from 1914 to 1917 and drilled the men two nights a week, in addition to teaching them to ride at the riding school on Saturday nights. Once Major McConkey formed his battery in the Drill Hall in Montreal, they transferred the men to him. Brigadier-General Draper of the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles was in charge, previous to his joining up with Colonel Harry Baker as Major of A Squadron, to drill the men and send them down to be enrolled with any regiment that was recruiting at the time.