Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

18/10/2012

UK, Casualties of the Boer War, 1899-1902

Dutch, Huguenot and German immigrants first came to settle the Cape area of South Africa in 1652. In 1814 Britain took control of this area and refusing to submit to foreign colonial rule some 10,000 Boers (Dutch for “Farmers”) left the Cape area to embark on the “Great Trek of 1835-1842”. They first moved north to Natal and then to the interior highlands to set up two independent republics, the Orange Free State and the South African (Transvaal Republic). After several unsuccessful takeover attempts the call to war was issued on 11 October 1899. It would turn out to be one of the longest and bloodiest wars fought by Britain between 1815 and 1914. for more click here

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