Tracing Your Boer War Ancestors

Soldiers of a Forgotten War

Jane Marchese Robinson

* This book provides a new slant on a topic already covered from a military perspective by P&S. It also adds a new strand to the P&S family history series, and would appeal to readers who have used previous P&S titles to trace ancestors involved in the First and Second World Wars.

* As well as offering a guide for researchers, this book will prov
Date Published :
March 2017
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Pen and Sword
Series :
Tracing your Ancestors
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781473822429

Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
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The Boer War took place between 1899 and 1902, just 15 years before the start of the First World War. Some 180,00 Britons , mainly volunteers , traveled 6,000 miles to fight and die in boiling conditions on the veld and atop ‘kopjes’. Of the over 20,000 who died more than half suffered enteric, an illness consequent on insanitary water.

This book will act as an informative research guide for those seeking to discover and uncover the stories of the men who fought and the families they left behind. It will look in particular at the kind of support the men received if they were war injured and that offered to the families of the bereaved. Some pensions were available to regular soldiers and the Patriotic Fund, a charitable organization , had been resurrected at the beginning of the conflict. However for those who did not fit these categories the Poor Law was the only support available at the time.

The book will explore a variety of research materials such as: contemporary national and local newspapers; military records via websites and directly through regimental archives; census, electoral, marriage and death records; records at the National Archives including the Book of Wounds from the Boer War, the Transvaal Widows’ Fund and others.

About The Author

After graduating in Economic and Social History Jane Marchese Robinson spent some thirty years working as an advocate for marginalised groups, including the homeless, people with disabilities and mental health problems and asylum seekers. This work gave her an insight into many aspects of human experience. In 2005 she rekindled her childhood passion for writing at Adult Education classes. She followed this by undertaking the MA in Creative Writing at Plymouth University where she honed her skills writing short stories, poetry, a screenplay and began work on her novel, which is also set at the time of the Boer War. She graduated with Merit in 2011 and has been writing full time since then.


"Despite the fact that 180,000 Britons fought in the Boer War from 1899-1902, just 15 years before the start of World War I, few ordinary researchers know much about it. This new guide aims to fix that, providing a background to the war in South Africa, the regiments, the conditions, the battles, the men and the families they left behind, as well as the aftermath. Here you can discover how to research their lives, their military service and their times using contemporary records, both on and offline, before you start exploring a lesser-known aspect of your family's story. "

- Family Tree, February 2017

“This is an excellent social history of what life was like for the young men who eagerly went off to fight in the Boer War…The book is full of vignettes about the soldiers, officers, and enlisted, and their families.”


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