The Boer War

The Boer War

The First Boer War, also known as the First Anglo-Boer War, was fought from 16th December 1880 until 23rd March 1881 and was the first clash between the British and the Transvaal Boers. Discover ancestors who fought in one of the most revolutionary conflicts in the British Army's history with Findmypast.

Boer War records on Findmypast

Boer War records on Findmypast

There are over 293,000 Boer War records on Findmypast. Our Anglo-Boer War Records 1899-1902 contain a fully indexed casualty record, so there is chance you’ll find an ancestor who fought in one of the most revolutionary conflicts in the British Army’s history. Listing the name, rank number and unit of the solider, it will give you insightful information on what your ancestor got up to in South Africa, and will even tell you if he was recommended for a medal or was injured in the fighting. 

It wasn’t just British troops who fought in South Africa: there was a sizable Australian and New Zealander contingent there as well. The New Zealand Boer War Servicemen  and the South Australia Boer War Contingents will give you a snapshot of the Serviceman’s career, what rank he was and even what troopship he sailed on to reach South Africa. New Zealanders and The Boer War is a digitised account of the conflict, containing newspaper clippings, letters home and the experiences of those serving there. It’s fascinating insight into your ancestor’s struggles and tribulations, and is fully searchable. 

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