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From: "Dafanie Goldsmith" <>
Subject: RE: BOER WAR RECORDS
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2001 13:00:08 +1200
Would you mind if I added this article to my web page 'Research in South
Africa' with you name of course??
Researching BENNETT, BALL, PINKER, STREET, GOLDSMITH, BROWN, CHAMBERLAIN,
FRIEND, HARDIE, BROOM, DAVIES, BALDRY, MEADOWS, HULLETT and TONKS
From: Lehmkuhl [mailto:]
Sent: Saturday, 28 July 2001 12:17 p.m.
Subject: Re: BOER WAR RECORDS
Here is an article that I wrote, which may be of help:
ANGLO-BOER WAR NOTES
How to trace an ancestor who served in the Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902
First, find out whether the person fought on the British side in an
Imperial or Colonial regiment? If so, apply for a service record from the
Public Records Office in Kew, England. An Imperial regiment is one that was
established in Britain and sent out to South Africa. A Colonial regiment is
one, which was raised locally in South Africa or in Canada, Australia, New
Zealand or Rhodesia and fought on the British side.
Your ancestor may have been a member of a Town Guard. If the town was in
the Cape Province, the South African National Archives in Cape Town may be
of help. They have a defence category containing an inventory of Cape
The starting point for researching the military career of anyone is
establishing the unit with which he served. The following medal rolls may
be of assistance:
D.R. Forsyth's The Defenders of Kimberley Medal Roll, and The Queen's South
Africa Medal 1899-1902 with clasp.
S.M. Kaplan's The medal roll of the Queen's South Africa Medal with bar -
Relief of Mafeking, and The medal roll of the Queen's South Africa Medal
with Wepener Bar.
If your ancestor was wounded or killed while fighting for the British, his
name should be listed under his regiment, in one of the following rolls of
South Africa Field Force Casualty List 1899 - 1902.
The South African War Casualty Roll: The 'Natal Field Force' 20 Oct 1899 -
26 Oct 1900.
The following books may also be helpful:
P.L. Murray's Official records of the Australian contingents to the War in
Sheila Gray's The South African War 1899-1902: Service records of British
and Colonial women.
The Last Post Roll of officers who fell in South Africa, 1899 - 1902.
If your ancestor fought for the Boer forces, there is unfortunately no
existing comprehensive list of participants. However, if he applied for the
Dekoratie voor Trouwe Dienst, which was issued 18 years after the end of
hostilities, his name, rank and commando will appear on Die Medeljerol:
Dekoratie voor Trouwe Dienst Anglo-Boeroorlog, die Zuid Afrikaansche
Republiek en Oranje Vrijstaat Oorlogsmedalje Lint voor verwonding opgedaan
gedurende die Anglo-Boereoorlog. If he was a Boer prisoner-of-war, try the
two volumes of Boer Forces POW Roll: Boer War 1899-1902.
This article was written by Anne Lehmkuhl for Generations - a monthly South
African genealogy newsletter.
Copyright 2000 by Anne Lehmkuhl. All rights reserved.
Professional genealogist specialising in South African genealogy & family
Publisher of Generations - a monthly South African genealogy newsletter
Web site: http://www.rupert.net/~lkool/
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