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South African War

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The Second Boer War (Dutch: Tweede Boerenoorlog, Afrikaans:Tweede Vryheidsoorlog (Second War of Independence) or Tweede Boereoorlog), commonly referred to as The Boer War and also known as the South African War (outside of 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) was fought from 11 October 1899 until 31 May 1902, between the British Empire and the two independent Boer republics of the South African Republic (Transvaal Republic) and the Orange Free State.

For a full history visit WIKIPEDIA.

See also the Anglo Boer War website.

Practioners on this website who took part in the war:

ALDER Cecil In 1899 he enlisted with the 1st Contingent of Yeomanry, attached to the 77th Battery Field Artillery, in order to take part in the Anglo-Boer War. He remained in the country after the war and continued his work in architecture.

ANDERSON James Donald Although then working in Pretoria he enlisted at the outbreak of the South African War on the British side.

ANDREWS George Samuel Burt At the outbreak of the South African War, he left Johannesburg for Pietermaritzburg. In February 1900 Andrews joined the Imperial Light Horse and took part in various military events including the relief of Mafeking. After eight months he obtained his discharge and returned to Johannesburg.

AVERY Bertram Richard He came to South Africa with the New Zealand Mounted Rifles in 1900 during the South African War, serving as a Lieutenant in the Central South African Railway Engineer Corps. After the war, he remained in the country to practise in Johannesburg.

BARNES John Frederick Evelyn His services and those of the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT of Natal Colony in connection with the South African War were publicly and favourably referred to by General Buller and in August 1901 Barnes received the CMG medal.

BASSLÉ Jan GG In the South African War he joined the Hollander Corps where he was engaged and wounded in the Battle of Elandslaagte. He was captured and deported to St Helena as prisoner of war. He returned to the Netherlands.

BISSET James He served during the South African War and was on the Government Plague Advisory Board in 1901.

BREYER Jan Hendrik In the South African War he was a member of the 4th Platoon of the Hollander Corps, recorded as missing in action during the Battle of Elandslaagte.

BOURSSE Ernst Was member of the Heidelberg-Klip River Field Cornetcy.

BUCKLE William Francis During the South African War he served in the Durban Light Infantry.

BULLOCK Charles During the South African War he was a member of the Oudshoorn Town Guard.

BURG Johannes Rienk During the South African War he fought for the Republic, was captured and spent four years as a prisoner in India at Fort Abnednagar.

COTTRILL Gilbert St John He served in the ROYAL ENGINEERS during the South African War as he had a good knowledge of land surveying.

CURTIS Spencer C He interrupted his articles to volunteer for the South African War and completed them in 1904, so he was part qualified while he was in South Africa. Curtis was in South Africa between 1899 and 1902 in the 24th Middlesex Volunteers (Army Post Office Corps) and saw active service.

CUTHBERT Charles Davenport He came to South Africa in 1900 with the Australian Bushmen Corps and later served with the Johannesburg Mounted Rifles. After his service during the South African War he remained in Johannesburg.

DAINTON Arthur Edgar He obtained leave from his post in Pietermaritzburg to go on active service on the outbreak of the South African War, returning 'from the front' four days later.

DE LA CORNILLERE Henri Gaston Ernest During the South African War he served with the Burgher Forces of the Orange Free State Republic.

DICKSON George Arthur Hamilton Although in the ZAR, he enlisted during the South African War with the British, won several medals and was promoted to the rank of Major, and took part in the relief of Ladysmith. His health seems to have suffered as he spent the period 1900 to 1901 as an invalid. After the war he returned to Johannesburg where he practised on his own account.

DIEPRAAM Willem Pieter Was a volunteer in the Hollander Corps.

FOWKE George Henry Fowke joined the ROYAL ENGINEERS in 1884, and saw service at the Defence of Ladysmith, where he was mentioned in despatches.

GISSELEIRE Joseph In the South African War he was recorded by the British as being 'dangerous' having helped plan a military camp at Waterval and deported with his wife and four children in 1900.

GOODMAN Robert (Gwelo) Goodman returned to South Africa from England in 1900 to make sketches of the South African War battlefields of which he held an exhibition in Cape Town. According to Berman (1883:184) it was on this trip he adopted the name of Gwelo. He returned to England in about 1901.

GREATBATCH Daniel Westwood He remained in Kimberley during the South African War, becoming a member of the Town Guard during the Siege of Kimberley.

HALL Joseph Lockwood In 1900 he married, departing soon afterwards from Britain for South Africa in order to take part in the South African War with the ROYAL ENGINEERS. During this war he won the Queen's Medal and five clasps and after the war he moved to Pretoria.

HALLE Gustav Gregory Richard Although in Johannesburg, during South African War he served in the British Intelligence Service, for which duties he was later awarded a medal.

HAMILTON Alexander Turnbull Russell He joined the Ayrshire Yeomanry on the outbreak of the South African War. He left for active service in South Africa where he settled, after briefly returning to Britain.

HOLLENBACH Jan Hendrick He was member of the Hollander Corp, 5th Platoon in the South African War, but was not involved in any military engagements with the enemy.

KESTING Jean Jacques He was member of the Hollander Corp.

KLASING Jacobus Coenraad He was member of the Hollander Corp.

KNUCKEY Wesley Served with the Rand Rifles Regiment with the British Forces. He was mentioned in the UK Military Campaign & Award Roll 1793 – 1949.

LESLIE FRancin Seymour Was responsible for preparation and maintenance of the concentration camps.

LINDHOUT Simon Pieter van Wijngaarden At the outbreak of the South African War he joined the Hollander Corps, where he saw action at the Battle of Elandslaagte and was captured and deported as prisoner of war to St Helena.

LUITINGH Hermanus Cornelus During the South African War he fought as Adjutant Lieutenant under General JC Smuts and was wounded at Frederikstad in 1901, captured and deported as prisoner of war to India. After the War he was appointed Town Engineer of Potchefstroom.

MAINON Clovis d'Origny He served [whether for Boer of British needs to be determined] during the South African War.

MAYER Ernst Karl Erich During the South African War he joined a Boer commando, was captured at Mafeking and sent to St Helena.

McCUBBIN David Aitken Attached to the ROYAL ENGINEERS in Cape Town where became an assistant surveyor in the service on the outbreak of the South African War in 1899. He then worked as a quantity surveyor on the staff until 1902.

McWILLIAMS William John During the South African War in 1899, he joined, for nine months, the Second Regiment Brabant's Horse and was present at the Siege of Wepener in 1901.

MOERDYK Gerard Leendert Pieter As a teenager Moerdyk, his mother and siblings were sent to Standerton Camp at the end of May 1901 where they lived in tents.

MOFFAT John Abraham During the South African War, Moffat joined the ROYAL ENGINEERS and helped build hospitals, defence works, blockhouses and refugee camps, spending some time in Kimberley.

MURRAY Charles On the outbreak of the South African War he enlisted and served with the Second Railway Pioneer Regiment.

NIJENEN Reiner Willem He was member of the Hollander Corp, he was captured at Elandslaagde and sent as a Prisoner of War to St Helena.

PARKER John In 1900 and during the South African War had been a Captain in the town guard of Cape Town.

PITTS Henry Davidge During the South African War Davidge-Pitts was in charge of a division of military pigeon post under General Settle, and was invalided back to England.

PUNTIS Walter Ernest (Lieut Col) Volunteered for service in the South African War. During the war he contracted a fever and was invalided to Netley Hospital in England and discharged from further service.

REID Harry Austin He took part in the second South African War as a Captain in the Commander-in-Chief's Bodyguard Regiment attached to Lord Roberts, participating in General French's marches in the Transvaal, Orange Free State and Cape.

RITCHIE Allan McGregor During the South African War he served as an adjutant in the Natal Field Artillery.

ROBARTS William Charles Emery On the outbreak of the South African War he served with the Colonial Scouts spending most of the war in and around Estcourt in Natal.

RUTGERS Jan Hendrik During the South African War he served in the Hollander Corps under VAN RIJSSE although was not engaged in active battle. After the War swore an oath of allegiance to the crown and so he remained in the public service in Pretoria.

SEMMELINK Hendrik Was member of the Heidelberg-Klip River Field Cornetcy.

SHANKS William In 1899 he enlisted for service in the South African War and came to South Africa. He joined the Cape Colony forces and was decorated. After the war he remained in South Africa.

SINCLAIR Duncan McDonald During the South African War he served with the 1st Battalion Railway Pioneer Regiment for twenty-seven months and was decorated.

SNOWBALL Herbert Henry Snowball served in the South African War having arrived in South Africa either before the war or specifically to serve in the war, during which he contracted Bright's disease. After the war he remained in South Africa.

STEVENSON FA He seems to have come from Britain to South Africa around the time of the South African War in which he served. After the war he worked as an architect in Johannesburg.

TAIT Henry Makins Tait came to Southern Africa during the South African War and served in the BSA Mounted Police in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe).

THEIJSSEN Johannes Willem In the South African War he served in the Hollander Corps under VAN RIJSSE. He did not see active service. In 1900 he was deported and received severance payment in Brussels.

TREEBY Philip Edward During the South African War Treeby served in the Rand Rifles, firmly on the side of the Reformists since he mentioned in his FRIBA nomination papers of 1927 that he had taken part in the Jameson Raid. Legend has it that he was a spy and reputed to have disguised himself as a nurse to escape capture on one occasion. He apparently made his way into Boer forts making drawings of their layouts and selling these to the British for £20, 000 (Lewis 1986), a hardly credible story but apparently, after the war, Treeby received the congratulations of Sir John Ardagh and Sir W Everett on behalf of the British Intelligence and Ordnance Department for his services during the war.

VAN DREUMEL G During the South African War he joined the Hollander Corp.

VAN RIJSSE Klaas (jnr) During the South African War van Rijsse joined the Hollander Corp and was Lieutenant of the 5th Platoon.

WAUGH Edward Henry When the South African War broke he enlisted with the Artillery and returned to South Africa from England where he was studying to serve with the Rand Rifles.

WHITE Everard He was first recorded in South Africa as serving in the South African War. After the war he remained in the country.

WIJSBEK Wilhelmus Served in the South African War with the Hollander Corps in the Veld Service Unit. It is likely that after the fall of Pretoria and the end of the conventional period of the War in 1901 he was repatriated to the Netherlands.

WILLOUGHBY-WILLIAMS John The South African War brought Williams to South Africa. He served in the Life Guards and remained in the country after the war.

WILSON Allen In 1888 he joined the Monmouth Artillery and was serving with cavalry and infantry brigades at Aldershot at the outbreak of the South African War. Shortly afterwards he came to South Africa in command of a section of the Royal Irish Mounted Cavalry and remained in South Africa.

WYERS Jan Brink During the South African War he served as member of the Hollander Corps for the course of the war. From his papers (Ploeger, 1954: 17) it emerges that on 3 November 1899 he was employed in Garrison Service of the Hollander Corps as a Guard at the Prisoners-of–War camp at Renbaan. On 2 December1899, the Acting. Commandant of the Hollander Corps (G. Westenenk) advises Wijers that he would be assigned to the ‘Klooster’ Section of the Hollander Corps. Shortly before Wijers, as evident from a letter, appears as Acting Commander of the Section under Section Commandant K VAN RIJSSE.



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