The Anglo Boer War (1899-1902) - Casualties
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According top the Encyclopaedia Britannica nearly 100,000 lives were lost, including those of more than 20,000 British troops and 14,000 Boer troops. Noncombatant deaths include the more than 26,000 Boer women and children estimated to have died in the concentration camps from malnutrition and disease; the total number of African deaths in the concentration camps was not recorded, but estimates range from 13,000 to 20,000.
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Military casualties: 9,098 died (4,000 in combat) (24,000 Boer prisoners sent overseas)
- Joseph Cornelis Herbst 1881 - 23 July 1901
- Michael Christoffel Roux 1864 - 27 November 1900 POW in Ceylon
- Cause of death – Typhoid
Civilian casualties: 27,927 Boer civilians died in concentration camps , plus an unknown number of black Africans (107,000 were interned). Women and Children are to be included in this list.
- Cornelia Susanna Foley 1864-1902 Bethulie Camp
- Cornelia Susanna van Niekerk 1891-1902 Bethule Camp
The British Army started off with 12,546 men in South Africa when the war began, but the number of officers and men actually employed from first to last, during the war, was officially given as 448,435.
There are discrepancies in the Casualty figures between the Official History and those recorded in 'The Times' Vol VII, whose figures are shown in brackets.
Killed in Action or Died of Wounds
- 7,582 including 712 officers (7,894; 706 officers).
Died of Disease
- 13,139 including 406 officers (13,250; 339 officers).
Total Deaths 20,721 (21,942, includes accidental deaths).
More than half of British casualties during the war were caused by illness, especially typhoid fever, rather than enemy action