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1. Introduction2. Birth of a Police Force3. The March West4. Establishment of the Force5. The Railroad and the Rebellion6. The Growth of the Force7. Establishment of a National Police Force8. Biographies
 
Chapter 3 - The March West
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Samuel Benfield Steele Ah! So you wish that you could have come along! It was a marvelous adventure but the March West
wasn't for everyone, you know.

Some of the men took sick and were sent back.
Some just disappeared-deserters!

There were days when the men marched on only tea and hard biscuits.

Yes, there were a few mistakes made-but nothing
like this had every been tried before!

Can you image the sight–302 policemen, 338 riding horses, 114 Red–River carts and 73 wagons with
142 oxen to pull and 20 drovers, 2 field guns, and
93 head of cattle.

When it was on the move, the column of men and supplies stretched for almost 8 kms from the leader
to the rear guard.

Preparing to leave on the Great March.
Preparing to leave on the Great March.

Unclean water created long line ups at the medical tent.
Unclean water created long line ups at the medical tent.

 
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3. The March West