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Object ID # 1961.064.096
Object Name Tin
Title Ration Tin (Boer War, or Shortly After)
Lexicon category 5: T&E For Science & Technology
Year Range from 1899
Year Range to 1902
Made Unknown
Place of Origin England, United Kingdom?
Description Cylindrical, tin military food ration container to store food (bully beef?) intended to be consumed by a soldier. The tin is cylindrical and once was hermetically-sealed with cap-style ends. There is a flat strip of metal around the mid-region. The exterior of the tin is finished dully so that there is no glinting. There is no lettering or identification marks on the tin.


According to The History of Sullivan Township 1850-1975, on page 197, the following men from Sullivan Township served in the South African War:

Bearman, Fred
Bearman, John
Bobzenes, Gustave
Hazzard, Francis
McDonald, Hugh [he is the fellow who carried and kept this ration item]
Shunn, Abner
There is an image of him as he looked in the Boer War period, published in A HISTORY OF SULLIVAN TOWNSHIP, Volume 2, p. 216.
Makers mark None
Provenance The ration tin formerly belonged to Hugh McDonald, who reportedly carried it with him during the Boer War (South African War, 1899-1902).
Hugh McDonald enlisted in 1---- and was discharged in 1---. He was with the ------------ unit when he was in South Africa. His rank was that of ....... His lifedates are .... His parents were Mr. and Mrs. ......... McDonald of Sullivan Township, Grey County (there were several Hugh McDonalds born in Grey County in the late 19th-century, which one was this Hugh?).
There is an image of Hugh, as he looked in the Boer War period (mustached, and wearing a wedge cap), published in A HISTORY OF SULLIVAN TOWNSHIP, Volume 2, p. 216.

The book THE UNOFFICIAL HISTORY OF THE GREY & SIMCOE FORESTERS (p. 3) mentions that there were two Canadian contingents sent to South Africa. About 30 of those men were from Grey County, and several died.

Researcher Carman Miller wrote that about 7,368 Canadian men served in the Boer War. All were volunteers. 267 Canadians died in the conflict.

Hugh McDonald joined up later on, to serve again in the First World War, as many Boer War veterans did. He he was killed in 1916 or 1917.
Collection Military, 20th-c Collection
Material Metal
Dimensions H-14 Dia-5 cm
Found Grey County, Ontario
People McDonald, Hugh
McDonald, Beatrice
McDonald, Peter
Subjects Boer War
South African War
Military rations