1/12/00 – 11/7/01
December 1900: The 5th WAMI is created and begins training.
January 1901: The 6th WAMI is created and begins training.
6/3/01: The 5th Contingent departs Fremantle for South Africa aboard the Devon.
10/4/01: The 6th Contingent departs Fremantle for South Africa aboard the Ulstermore.
14/4/01: The 5th WAMI which has already arrives suffers the death of Pte Solomon who was treacherously shot at Jankanisteke Farm.
2/5/01: The 6th WAMI arrives in Durban and merges with the 5th WAMI.
3/5/01: The 5th & 6th WAMI embark on train to Pretoria.
8/5/01: Arrival in Pretoria.
9/5/01: The contingents arrive in Middelburg and are subordinated to Kitchener’s Column.
12/5/01: The march begins and the West Australians arrive at Rondebosch.
13/5/01: First contact against the enemy at a farmhouse, only a light skirmish. West Australian forces occupy the farm.
14/5/01: A group of 20 soldiers under the command of Captain Campbell ambush a Boer supply line at Bosman’s Spruit. killing 6 enemies and capturing 500 cattle whilst suffering no casualties.
15/5/01: Deadliest West Australian engagement at Carolina near the farmhouse, 7 are killed and 7 are wounded when the Boers launch a surprise ambush.
16/5/01: Action at Brakpan, Lieutenant Bell receives the Victoria Cross for his actions.
17/5/01: West Australian forces evacuate the area as they come under heavy sniper fire and march towards Carolina.
1/6/01: Carolina is reached.
2/6/01: Arrival in Mooifontein.
9/6/01-22/6/01: Continuous skirmishing with the enemy in the area.
23/6/01: Deadly engagement at Renshoogte, losses are 3 killed and 2 wounded from the 6th WAMI.
30/6/01: West Australians link up with British forces after a skirmish on the 25th.
1/7/01-11/7/01: Marching from farm to farm and eliminating small groups of Boers.
15/7/01 – 30/4/02
15/7/01-22/7/01: Scouting operations.
22/7/01: Half of 6th WAMI detaches to join General Blood’s Eastern Transvaal Scouts under the command of Captain Campbell.
5/8/01: 25 West Australians launch a brilliant surprise attack against some enemy Boers and capture 25 of them without a shot being fired.
5/8/01-10/8/01: Hard forced march to Ermelo.
16/8/01: Engagement at Bladplaat, Boers quickly surrender but due to a misunderstanding they open fire and kill Private Delahunty before quickly surrendering again. 5 Boers were killed, 27 captured and 17 wagons captured. West Australian casualties were 1 killed.
3/9/01: Arrival at Pan.
12/9/01: Arrival at the destroyed town of Ermelo.
20/9/01-9/10/01: Advance into Natal.
9/10/01: Engagement at Standerton, 1 wounded and 4 horses killed.
13/10/01-17/10/01: West Australians lead the advance guard of the reconnaissance for the entire division as per usual.
21/10/01-27/11/01: Little of note, but occasional firing.
27/11/01-7/12/01: Fighting at Bethel and Ermelo, 10 wagons and 1,000 cattle captured.
10/12/01: Another Boer hideout found and engaged, the West Australians with support from some New South Welshmen and Hussars, managed to dislodge the enemy killing 7, capturing: 128 men, 4,000 cattle, 32 wagons & carts, 150 guns and 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
10/12/01-19/1/02: continuous marches in rainy conditions.
1/2/02: Engagement in which 1 Boer manages to escape, killing 3 pursuing West Australians from the 5th WAMI and wounding another.
3/2/02: Engagement at Rolspruit with Lieutenant Morris being killed.
Early February 1902: Another 90 Boers captured in a successful manoeuvre.
February- April 1902: continuous trekking for 8 whole weeks with only minor action.
7/4/02: The 5th & 6th WAMI embark upon the Columbian at Cape Town for home.
30/4/02: Arrival back at Fremantle.