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Anglo Boere Oorlog/Boer War (1899-1902) - Boers

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A Project aiming to include the profiles of those who fought for the Boers in Anglo Boer War in South Africa.

'n Projek waar daarna gestreef word om alle Boer profiele op Geni wat aan die ABO op die vegveld deelgeneem het.

  • The Second Boer War (Dutch: Tweede Boereoorlog (1899-1901)
  • Afrikaans:Tweede Vryheidsoorlog or Tweede Boereoorlog, (1899-1902)
  • was fought from 11 October 1899 until 31 May 1902. The Second Boer War was fought between the British Empire and the Afrikaans-speaking Boer inhabitants of the two independent Boer republics:
  • the South African Republic (Transvaal Republic) and the Orange Free State. It ended with the annexation of the region under the British Empire, ultimately forming the Union of South Africa as part of the Commonwealth. The conflict is commonly referred to as The Boer War but is also known as the South African War outside South Africa, the Anglo-Boer War among most South Africans, and in Afrikaans as the Anglo-Boereoorlog or Tweede Vryheidsoorlog ("Second War of Liberation") or the Engelse oorlog (English War)


The origins of the war were complex, resulting from over a century of conflict between the Boers and the British Empire. During the Napoleonic Wars, a British expedition landed in the Cape Colony and defeated the defending Dutch forces at the Battle of Blaauwberg.After the wars, the British formally acquired the colony, and encouraged immigration by British settlers who were largely at odds with the Dutch settlers. Over subsequent decades, many Boers who were dissatisfied with aspects of the British administration elected to migrate away from British rule in what became known as the Great Trek. The migration was initially along the eastern coast towards Natal and then, after Natal was annexed in 1843, northwards towards the interior where two independent Boer republics (the Orange Free State, and the South African Republic - also called the Transvaal) were established. The British recognised the two Boer Republics in 1852 and 1854, but the annexation of the Transvaal in 1877 led to the First Boer War in 1880 and 1881. After British defeats, most heavily at the Battle of Majuba, Transvaal independence was restored subject to certain conditions, but relations were uneasy.

In 1871, diamonds had been discovered at Kimberley, prompting a diamond rush and a massive influx of foreigners to the borders of the Orange Free State. Then, gold was discovered in the South African Republic in 1886. Gold made the Transvaal the richest and potentially the most powerful nation in southern Africa, however the country had neither the manpower nor the industrial base to develop the resource on its own. As a result, the Transvaal reluctantly acquiesced to the immigration of fresh waves of uitlanders (foreigners), mainly from Britain, who came to the Boer region in search of employment and fortune. This resulted in the number of uitlanders in the Transvaal eventually exceeding the number of Boers, and precipitated confrontations between the old order and the new. British expansionist ideas (led notably by Cecil Rhodes) as well as disputes over uitlander political and economic rights resulted in the failed Jameson Raid of 1895. This raid led by (and named after) Dr Leander Starr Jameson, the Administrator in Southern Rhodesia of the Chartered Company, was intended to encourage an uprising of the uitlanders in Johannesburg. However Johannesburg failed to rise and Transvaal government forces surrounded the column and captured Jameson's men before they could reach Johannesburg.

As tensions escalated from local to national level, there were political manoeuvrings and lengthy negotiations to reach a compromise ostensibly over the issue of "uitlander rights" but ultimately over control of the gold mining industry and the British desire to incorporate the Transvaal and the Orange Free State in a federation under British control. Given the number of British uitlanders already resident in the Transvaal and the ongoing inflow, the Boers recognised that the franchise policy demanded by the British would inevitably result in the loss of independence of the South African Republic. The negotiations failed, and in September 1899 Joseph Chamberlain (the British Colonial Secretary) sent an ultimatum to the Boers, demanding full equality for those uitlanders resident in the Transvaal. President Kruger, seeing no other option than war, issued his own ultimatum, giving the British 48 hours to withdraw all their troops from the border of the Transvaal, failing which the Transvaal, allied with the Orange Free State, would declare war against the British. The rejection of the ultimatum followed and war was declared.

In all that follows, it is important to remember that there was no single Boer, Afrikaner or Black African experience. A sense of the complexity of the political situation can be gathered from the fact that more Afrikaans-speaking whites lived in the British Cape Colony than in the Transvaal and Orange Free State combined and, crucially, that the vast majority did not give active support to the Afrikaans-speaking whites fighting the British. Similarly, by the end of the war, there were some 5,000 'joiners' -- Boers who had begun fighting against the British, and ended fighting with them; this represented about 20% of all Boers under arms.


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On Commando/Op Kommando



  • Age: 24
  • Regiment: 1/Northumberland Fusiliers




  • Age: 39
  • Regiment: 1/Northumberland Fusiliers
  • Louw Erasmus 1867 - 30 October 1901 (Battle of Bakenlaagte)




  • With 1 son.
  • Wife and 7 children in Baberton CC. One son died.

With father


  • Farm history: Buffelspoort Rustenburg
  • Joined the Canadian Scouts on 17/4/1901
  • Family history: Wife Margaretha and son Jacobus Francois in Baberton Concentration Camp. Son died.
  • Farm history:Roode/Rooiwal, Ermelo


  • John Bell Kelly Lieutenant 1869 - 30 October 1901 (Battle of Bakenlaagte)
  • Age: 31
  • Address: Victoria, Australia
  • Unit: 2nd Scottish Horse
  • Killian Jan Adriaan


  • Age: 29
  • Unit: 2nd Scottish Horse


  • Wife and 8 children in Krugersdorp Camp
  • Farm history: Brandvlei, Krugersdorp
  • POW Simons Town
  • Family in Krugersdorp Concentration Camp
  • Farm history: oog van Wonderfontein Potchefstroom
  • Unit: 2nd Scottish Horse


  • Gerhardus Jacobus Nel
  • and 3 sons on commando.
  • Family history: Wife Christina Catharina (41) and 4 children in Barberton camp. 3 Children died.
  • Source: NASA Pretoria DBC 55 Baberton Concentration Camp death register
  • Farm history: Witbank, Ermelo.


  • Age: 23
  • Regiment: 1st Scotts Guards



  • Family history: Wife Martha Elsie Johanna and 7 younger childrenin Barberton camp.1 Daughter died at age 1 year.
  • Farm history: Red Hill, Ermelo
  • Family History: Wife Jeanetta hermina Alberts(25) and 5 children in Barbarton Concentration Camp. 1 Daughter, Anna Elizabeth (1.10) died.
  • Farm history: Bernardus Meer, Ermelo


  • POW St Helena
  • Wife and children in Krugersdorp Concentration Camp
  • Farm History: Oog van Wonderfontein, Potchefstroom
  • van der Linden Barend Daniel
  • Family history: Wife Helena Wilhelmina and 3 children in Baberton camp. Son died.
  • Farm history: Bloukrans, Ermelo.
  • With son Carel(15).
  • Family history:Wife Adriana Maria(40) and 7 children in the Baberton CC.
  • Two children died.
  • Farm history:Rietfontein, distrik Carolina.
  • With father Andries Jacobus Viljoen
  • Family history:Mother Adriana Maria(40) and 7 other siblings in the Barberton Concentration camp. Two died.
  • Farm history:Rietfontein, distrik Carolina
  • Vermaak Nicolaas Jacobus
  • and 3 sons.
  • Family history: Wife and 3 childen in Barberton camp. One girl die.
  • Farm history: Kromkrans/z, Carolina.


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