Private James Henry Patrick Anderton was born in Toronto, Ontario, on November 22, 1870, to parents William and Helen Anderton. Prior to his enlistment he as worked as a carpenter and had also served in the 5th (British Columbia) Regiment of Garrison Artillery, Canadian Army.
Anderton enlisted to serve in the South African (Boer) War in Victoria, B.C., on October 20, 1899. He arrived in Cape Town, South Africa, on April 11, 1900, where he served with the 2nd (Special Service) Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry. He was invalided back to England on June 6, 1900, and was subsequently discharged from service on December 25, 1900.
The collection includes an 1899 group photograph of the 5th Regiment; the description written on the photo references “Sergeant Northcott,” believed to be Sgt. Joseph Roger Northcott (link to service file provided below). The second photo, also from 1899, is of three soldiers at the Green Point Common military encampment, Cape Town, South Africa.
Pte. James Henry Patrick Anderton’s service record (Serv/Reg# 7016) can be viewed/downloaded in pdf format through Library and Archives Canada.
Sgt. Joseph Roger Northcott’s service record (Serv/Reg# 7002) at Library and Archives Canada.
Information on the 2nd (Special Service) Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry, is available on the Canadian War Museum website.