Faughs to the Boer War

Thursday, 12 October, 1899

The 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers was in Alexandria, Egypt when, in September 1899, it was warned to move to South Africa for the anticipated war with the Boers. They embarked on the hired transport Avoca, departed on 25 September, sailed through the Suez Canal, coaled at Aden on 1 October and disembarked at Durban on 12 October 1899. The war had started and the Battalion moved by train to arrive at Ladysmith the following day.