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Anglo Boer War (1899-1902) - British Casualties

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Anglo Boer War (1899-1902) - British Casualties

This project is an extension of the The Anglo Boer War (1899-1902) British. This is a place where we can add information about British casualties of the Anglo-Boer War, somewhere to assemble profiles of these men who are on Geni and to share interesting tales and anecdotes about them.

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.

British Casualties

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

British Lists online



  • Age: 24
  • Regiment: 1/Northumberland Fusiliers


  • Age: 36
  • Regiment: District 2/Cape Police


  • Age: 39
  • Regiment: 1/Northumberland Fusiliers


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


  • Age: 29
  • Unit: 2nd Scottish Horse


  • Unit: 2nd Scottish Horse


  • Age: 23
  • Regiment: 1st Scotts Guards


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