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Anglo Boer War (1899-1902) - New Zealand soldiers

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  • George Norton Borlase (1878 - 1902)
    Served in the South African War as a private with the seventh contingent. Source: Embarkation database - NZ units in South Africa 1899-1902 Links: nzwargraves.org.nz
  • Walter John Borlase (1885 - 1936)
    Served in the South African War as a private with the tenth contingent. Source: Embarkation database - NZ units in South Africa 1899-1902
  • Percy de Bathe Brandon (1876 - 1949)
    War Service South African War, 1899-1902 World War I, 1914-1918 World War II, 1939-1945 (Home Guard service)
  • William Arthur Morgan (1875 - 1928)
    Morgan was one of only seven from the 1 NZMR in the Diamond Jubilee Contingent for Queen Victoria in 1897. (Stowers, p.150) He joined the Orange River Colony Provisional Mounted Police at Bloemfontei...
  • Maj. William James Hardham, VC (1876 - 1928)
    William James Hardham was born in Wellington in 1876. He attended Mount Cook School and worked as a farrier and blacksmith until volunteering for service with the 4th New Zealand (Rough Riders) Conting...

The South African War (or Second Anglo-Boer War) was the first overseas conflict to involve New Zealand troops. Fought between the British Empire and the Boer South African Republic (Transvaal) and its Orange Free State ally, it was the culmination of long-standing tensions in southern Africa.

Eager to display New Zealand's commitment to the British Empire, Premier Richard Seddon offered to send troops two weeks before conflict broke out. Hundreds of men applied to serve, and by the time war began in October 1899, the First Contingent was already preparing to depart for South Africa. Within a few months they would be fighting the Boers.

By the time peace was concluded 2½ years later, 10 contingents of volunteers totalling over 6500 men (plus 8000 horses) had sailed for Africa, along with doctors, nurses, veterinary surgeons and a small number of schoolteachers. Seventy-one New Zealanders were killed in action or died of wounds, with another 159 dying in accidents or as result of disease.

The South African War set the pattern for New Zealand’s later involvement in two world wars. Specially raised units, consisting mainly of volunteers, were despatched overseas to serve alongside forces from elsewhere in the British Empire. The success enjoyed by these troops fostered the idea that New Zealanders were naturally good soldiers who needed little training to perform well.

Source: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/south-african-boer-war/introduction

Embarkation database

Contains the names, contingents, companies, registration numbers, ranks, embarkation details, addresses, next of kin and occupations of every New Zealand soldier who joined the New Zealand contingents that sailed to the South African War. Note that some New Zealand soldiers enlisted with British, Australian or South African forces and will therefore not appear on this database.

http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/new-zealand-in-the-south-african-boer-war/database

Please link GENi profiles of New Zealand soldiers who fought in the Anglo-Boer War to this project.

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