Soldiers of the Queen
What We Have We’ll Hold
South African War
Registered for Canada, Jan. 17, 1900
Sam J. Richey , St. John, N. B.
The cover, used by Private David M. McKibbin, a 2nd Contingent, ’A’ Squadron, CMR (Canadian Mounted Rifles) soldier from Capetown to his mother, Mrs. M.E. McKibbin of 135 Huron Street, Stratford, Ontario on April 10, 1900, was marked as postage due. This cover was part of the late William G. Robinson’s collection. In his exhibit, Robinson wrote that Private McKibbin “enlisted in the Royal Canadian Dragoons from the Governor General’s Bodyguard, and was awarded the Queen’s South African Medal with Orange Free State and Cape Colony Clasps.
This Battalion was camped at Stellenbosch, near Capetown, from April 4 to 10, 1900. This letter received the G.P.O. Capetown circular date stamp at 12:30 P.M. on April 10, 1900”. He also writes “Note the Contingent Stationery and the unused space for the Officer Commanding’s signature”.
The cover back is shown below, with a Hamilton, Ontario transit mark dated May 7, 1900.