This very rare J.C. Wilson patriotic Soldiers of the Queen (Redesign) cover was postally used from Montreal on October 8, 1900 to Trooper R.T. Wilson, Kitchener’s Horse, Cape Town, South Africa, bearing a 2¢ QV Numeral stamp with a Montreal flag cancel. The cover, of which only a heavily worn front remains, was marked “TO BE FORWARDED”, and was forwarded to Vredefort. The British forces built an internment camp in Vredefort for Boer women & children during the Boer War.
Kitchener’s Horse was a “Colonial/Locally recruited” unit. According to the nominal rolls, “men who served in these units were from all over the Empire and included British, Irish, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, South African and a huge range of other nationals”.
Trooper Robert Talbot Wilson, no. 25361, may be the son of James Wilson, born in Ontario, and Elizabeth Wilson, born in England, who resided in Beauharnois, Quebec, in the Greater Montreal area, as recorded in the 1901 census. Robert T. Wilson was born on March 22, 1877, and was 23 years old and single at the time this cover was mailed. Trooper R.T. Wilson was discharged November 26, 1900 as medically unfit.