Official Programme of the Return of the C.I.V. The March through London.
Wood engraving on crepe paper, border printed in colours. Sheet 390 x 390mm (15¼ x 15¼"). Floral border with damage, foxed.
The return of the City Imperial Volunteers from the 2nd Boer War. The CIV were raised by the Lord Mayor in December 1899 specifically for the war, paid for by the City Livery Companies, bankers and City and West End firms. The recruits, who enlisted for one year, were granted the Freedom of the City of London before embarking for South Africa in January 1900. Their greatest success was at the Battle of Doornkop on 26th May 1900. Whereas the Gordon Highlanders used the traditional march uphill in line, making easy pickings for the entrenched Boers, the amateur C.I.V. used short bursts, with leap-frogging groups providing covering fire, thus minimising casualties and succesfully driving the Boers out. They returned home in October 1900 and made a state entry into the City on the 29th. Huge crowds turned out: the Central Line, which had been in operation for only a few weeks, alone carried 250,000 passengers.
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