The return of “D” Company was signalled by the ringing of the City Hall bell, a refrain that was taken up by church bells across the city.
More than 40,000 flag-waving citizens were in the streets to watch their heroes arrive at the Elgin Street station and march to Parliament Hill to the tunes of Rule Britannia and Soldiers of the Queen.
Captain Rogers of Ottawa’s “D” Company brought home a Spitz dog from Cape Town.
With the Idaho having stopped in St Helena on the way to Canada, another officer brought home sprigs of the willow trees that grew at Napoleon Bonaparte’s grave.
Canadian forces subsequently distinguished themselves in the capture of the Transvaal capital, Pretoria.