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Australians in the Boer War


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Below are details of the main source materials used to compile the Oz-Boer Database of Australian soldiers, nurses etc involved in the Second Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 plus the reference syntax employed. Consult the source documents themselves for information not available online. Contributed Information and other Sources are detailed elsewhere and the To Do List covers relevant publications not yet examined.

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5VMR QSAs, A6394, ABWSGoA, Africana, AJHR(NZ), Asplin, Australasian, B5165, B5172, B5177, B5179, B5198, B5204, B5205, B5206, B5207, Bail, Bassett, Blair, Buckley, Bufton, Burridge, Bushveldt Carbineers, Chamberlain, Chamberlain & Droogleever, Cope1, Cubis, Davey, Dunn & Blundell, Dennis & Grey, Dooner, Droogleever, Field, Fogg, Forsyth, Frost, Gunn, Gray, HAGSOC, Hall, Harding & Macdonald, Horner, Howe, Kaplan, Kopje, Maurice, McAleer, McLachlan, MelbLeader, Mitchell, Murray, Newbury1, Newbury2, NMCSA, Oxford Companion, OMRS, Pakenham, Paterson, Price1, Price2, Reay, Reid, Regal, Robertson, Roe, Smith & Simpson, SDT, Simpson, Smith1, Smith2, Sproule, Stowers, Symonds, Town and Country, Vernon, Wallace, Watson, Wilcox Wilkinson, Woolmore

Murray
  Code = AOffH:

The "Official Records of the Australian Military Contingents to the War in South Africa", compiled and edited for the Department of Defence by Lt.-Col. P. L. Murray RAA (Ret.), Government Printer Melbourne, 1911.

This out of print hardback book of 607 pages includes Nominal Rolls of all the Australian State (ie pre-federation) and Commonwealth (ie-post federation) military units and contingents which went to the Boer War. As well as information on the formation and war service of each unit/contingent, the rolls in Murray provide the Regimental Number, Surname and (mostly) the Given-name(s) too - but sometimes just initials - plus Rank of those in each unit/contingent. In addition, there are also comments by Murray on many individuals. By itself however, Murray can be time consuming to use as it lacks a proper index and many of the rolls are not in alphabetic order.

References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Murray are identified by the prefix AOffH: followed by a page number. Information in the Comments field that is sourced from Murray also has the prefix AOffH:

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McLachlan
  Code = McLln:

The "Soldiers of the Queen - a Database Index to Boer War Soldiers and Nurses as Listed in Murray" compiled and edited by Dr Robin McLachlan (Senior Lecturer in History at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst NSW) while Australian War Memorial Research Centre Fellow from 1986 to 1988. Published by the Australian History Database Project MCAE, Bathurst and the Australian War Memorial Canberra in 1989. The ISBN for the original AppleWorks file version is 0 947156 16 X.

The database contains the Surnames, Initials, Unit/Contingent and Page Number in Murray. The major limitations of Dr. McLachlan's work are that he indexed only names occurring in the nominal rolls in Murray (and not others within the text sections) and also did not include all the data provided in the nominal rolls (missing given names, regimental number, rank and Murray's comments).

An alphabetic order text file of the 17,864 entries (there are some duplications) in McLachlan's Index to the Australian soldiers and nurses listed in Murray is available for downloading as a 127KB Zip file.

Where a Comment in the Oz-Boer Database is by Dr. McLachlan it is identified with the prefix McLln:

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Wallace1
  Code = Walc1:[page]

"The Australians at the Boer War", by R. L. Wallace, published jointly by the Australian War Memorial and AGPS, Canberra 1976. ISBN 0 642 99391 2.

This 420 page hardcopy book contains both a large number of plates and an extensive index which includes the names of many individual Australian participants in the conflict (some in Imperial and South African units as well as civilians). References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Wallace1 are identified by the prefix Walc1: followed by a page number.

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Wallace2
  Code = W2:[page]

"The Circumstances Surrounding the Seige of Elands River Post", by R. L. Wallace, printed by Woolley Pty. Ltd. Glebe NSW, 1992. ISBN 0 646 10714.3.

This 211 page book includes at Appendix 7 a list of the 3VB soldiers at Elands River Post based on that composed by Capt. David Ham (published in the 'Argus' 27/10/1900). References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Wallace2 are identified by the prefix Walc2: followed by a page number.

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Field
  Code = Field:[page]

"The Forgotten War - Australian Involvement in the South African Conflict of 1899-1902",1979 by L.M. Field published by Melbourne University Press, ISBN 0 522 84149.

While Field deals primarily with the social and political context of Australia's involvement in the Boer War, it contains a number of references to individual Australian combattants. In the Oz-Boer database such references are identified by the prefix Field: and a page number.

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Mitchell
  Code = Mitch:[page]

Elyne Mitchell, "Light Horse - the Story of Australia's Mounted Troops", published by McMillan Australia Pty Ltd, Melbourne in 1978, ISBN 0 333 25141 5.

Chapters 2 to 5 of this book by the daughter of Lt. Gen. Sir Harry Chauvel deal with the part played by the Australian Light Horse in the Boer War. In the Oz-Boer database such references are identified by the prefix Mitch: and a page number.

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Vernon
  Code = Vernn:[page]

"The Royal New South Wales Lancers 1885-1985", 1986 edited by Lt. Col. Philip Vernon OBE ED, printed by Macarthur Press Pty. Limited, Parramatta NSW, ISBN 0 9588891 0 4.

This regimental history includes a 22 page chapter dealing with the South African War which, while focussed primarily on the activities of the NSW Lancers, also mentions other Australian units involved with them during the war. Vernon contains a number of references to individual Australian combattants including mentions of some former NSW Lancers serving with other units. In the Oz-Boer database references to Vernon are identified by the prefix Vernn: and a page number.

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Cubis
  Code = Cubis:[page]

"A History of 'A' Battery New South Wales Artillery (1871-1899) Royal Australian Artillery (1899-1971)", 1978 by Lt. Col. Richmond Cubis, published by Elizabethan Press, Sydney NSW, ISBN 85551 012 9.

This Battery history includes a 32 page chapter dealing with the Boer War. Cubis contains some references to individual Australian combattants (mainly officers) but also includes a number of Boer War era group photographs (mostly without names). In the Oz-Boer database references to Cubis are identified by the prefix Cubis: and a page number.

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Buckley
  Code = Bucky:[page]

"Sword and Lance, The Story of the Richmond River Horsemen who were members of The Upper Clarence Light Horse, The Richmond River Light Horse, "E" and "G" troops of the NSW regiment of Volunteer Cavalry and 4th Squadron, NSW Lancers", 1988 by Martin J. Buckley, printed by Northern Star Limited, Lismore NSW, ISBN 0 9591291 1 1.

This history of the volunteer horse soldiers from northern New South Wales includes a 27 page chapter dealing with their service in the Boer War. Buckley contains many references to individual Australian combattants but also includes a large number of Boer War era photographs (mostly with individuals named). In the Oz-Boer database references to Buckley are identified by the prefix Bucky: and a page number.

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Australasian
  Code = Ausan:[date]

The "Australasian" newspaper published in Melbourne Vic. from 1864. In the Oz-Boer database references to the Australasian are identified by the prefix Ausan: and a date.

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Town & Country
  Code = TnCty:[date]

The 'Town and Country Journal" published in Sydney NSW from 1870-1917.  In the Oz-Boer database references to the Town and Country Journal are identified by the prefix TnCty: and a date.

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Bushveldt Carbineers
  Code = BVCNR:

Nominal Roll of the Bushveldt Carbineers (later known as the Pietersburg Light Horse). Returns, South African War, local armed forces, nominal rolls, WO127 Reel 5882 Piece No. 16 Date 1901-1902. Description: Bushveldt Carbineers. (Source: The Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook, second edition part 4 page 28).

Wallace says that 90% of the 320 strong Bushveldt Carbineers were Australians although on Joe West's count of enlistments from February to October 1901 the figure is 32%. Annotations on the nominal roll suggest many definitely had forwarding addresses in Australia. The beginnings of my abandoned transcription of all the names on the BVC Roll (not just the Australians) is available from here. In the Oz-Boer database references to the BVC Roll are identified by the prefix BVCNR:

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Kaplan1
  Code = Kapl1:[page]

"The Medal Roll of the Queen's South Africa Medal with Bar RELIEF OF MAFEKING" by S. M. Kaplan, Johannesburgh. This undated 95 page consolidation of relevant unit medal rolls includes both Australian units (ie, 3QMI and NSWCB) as well as others in which numbers of Australians are known to have enlisted (eg, 1ILH and the Scottish Horse). References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Kaplan are identified by the prefix Kapl1: followed by a page number.

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Kaplan2
  Code = Kapl2:[page]

"The Medal Roll of the Queen's South Africa Medal with WEPENER Bar" by S. M. Kaplan, Johannesburgh. This undated booklet of 48 foolscap pages is a consolidation of relevant unit medal rolls. As well as providing Name (surname and usually initials), Rank, Number, Regiment and listing the other QSA clasps received in addition to Wepener, Stan Kaplan's book also includes a Remarks column that can be very helpful. Typically, that mentions casualties, commissions, discharge dates and service with other units. Copies of Kaplan's Wepener Bar Roll may still be obtainable from Alec Kaplan & Son, Johannesburg. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Kaplan2 are identified by the prefix Kapl2: followed by a page number.

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Horner
  Code = Hornr:[page]

"The Gunners, A History of Australian Artillery" by David Horner, published in 1995 by Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, St Leonards NSW, ISBN 1 86373 917 3. This 564 page history of Australian artillery since 1788 contains only 9 pages on the Boer War. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Horner are identified by the prefix Hornr: followed by a page number.

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OCAMH
  Code = OCAMH:[page]

"The Oxford Companion to Australian Military History" by Peter Dennis, Jeffrey Grey, Ewan Morris, Robin Prior with John Connor, published in 1995 by Oxford University Press Australia, ISBN 0 19 553227 9. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in the Oxford Companion to Australian Military History are identified by the prefix OCAMH: followed by a page number.

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Harding & Macdonald
  Code = HardM:[page]

"War in South Africa and the Dark Continent from Savagery to Civilisation. The strange story of a weird world from the earliest ages to the present, including the war with the Boers. Embracing the Explorations and Settlements, Wars and Conquests, Peoples and Governments, Resources and Products, of this Least Known yet by Nature Endowed as the Richest and Most Wonderful of Continents and a detailed History of the Causes and Events of the British-Boer War" by William Harding, "with a History of the Australian Contingents in the South African War, their Work for Queen and Empire", by Donald Macdonald (war correspondent of the Argus) assisted by John Sandes, printed in Chicago for the Australian Publishing Company, Melbourne copyright 1899. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Harding & Macdonald are identified by the prefix HardM: followed by a page number.

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NMCSA
  Code = NMCSA:

The National Memorials Council of South Africa provided the Office of Australian War Graves with information on over 600 graves of Australians dateing from the Second Anglo-Boer War. With the assistance of the Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs, HAGSOC has now put this information up on the web in a searchable South African Graves database along with relevant maps, grave and memorial photographs plus biographies on selected casualites. Where a record in the Oz-Boer database is thought to relate to one in the South African Graves database there is usually a link direct to the latter record or a source identified with the prefix NMCSA:.

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Price1
  Code = Prce1:[page]

"They Proved to All the Earth a Source Book of Victoria's Dead in the South African War 1899-1902", by John E. Price, printed by Gippsland Printers Pty Ltd, Morwell Vic. ISBN 0 9593781 0 3. The book comprises 119 pages of text and pictures. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in this one of Price's books are identified by the prefix Prce1: followed by a page number.

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Price2
  Code = Prce2:[page]

"Southern Cross Scots The Australian and New Zealand participation in the Marquis of Tullibardine's Scottish Horse during the South African War of 1899-1902", by John E. Price, 1992, printed by BR Printing Pty Ltd, Kensington Vic. 3031 ISBN 0 9593701 2X. The book comprises 188 pages of text, pictures and rolls of different types. NB It contains far more information about each soldier than is included in the Oz-Boer Database. References in the database to information in this one of Price's books are identified by the prefix Prce2: followed by one or more, non-exhaustive, page numbers.

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Smith1
  Code = Smth1:[page]

"Bethune's Mounted Infantry South Africa 1899-1902 by Lt. Col. Neil Smith AM, Gardenvale Vic.,1999 Mostly Unsung Military Research and Publications, Melbourne, ISBN 1 876179 06 6. Col. Smith's 40 page booklet contains 26 pages of nominal rolls for Bethune's Mounted Infantry, which include many individuals with links to Australia. Neil is the author of various other publications on the part Australians played in the Boer War (see the To Do List) and also offers a professional research service that can research any Australian or Brit who served in the Boer War, including Australians who served in non-Australian units. References in the database to information in Smith's BMI book are identified by the prefix Smth1: followed by page numbers.

See the To Do page for some of Neil's many other Boer War publications.

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Smith2
  Code = Smth2:[page]

"Australian Recipients of the King's South Africa Medal 1899-1902 by Lt. Col. Neil Smith AM, Gardenvale Vic., 2003 published by Mostly Unsung Military Research and Publications, Melbourne, ISBN 1 876179 08 02. Col. Smith's booklet of about 60 pages contains 19 pages of details of Australian recipients of the medal awarded to those who soldiered on through the guerilla phase of the war.  Neil is the author of various other publications on the part Australians played in the Boer War (see the To Do List) and also offers a professional research service that can research any Australian or Brit who served in the Boer War, including Australians who served in non-Australian units. References in the database to information in Smith's KSA book are identified by the prefix Smth2: followed by page numbers.

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Stowers
  Code = Stwrs:[page]

"Kiwi Versus Boer, the First New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902" by Richard W. Stowers, Hamilton (1992, Print House Cambridge), ISBN 0-473-01586-2. Stowers has a list of dead for all ten New Zealand Contingents but is mainly about the 1st Contingent, 1st New Zealand Mounted Rifles.

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Dooner
  Code = Doonr:[page]

"The Last Post" by Mildred G. Dooner, 1903 reprinted 1980, "Being a roll of all officers (naval, military and colonial) who gave their lives for their Queen, King and Country in the South African war 1899-1902", published by Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton Kent and Co. Ltd, London.

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Bufton
  Code = Buftn:[page]

"Tasmanians in the Transvaal War" by John Bufton PhD FLS FGS FRGS, published by S.G. Loone, Newton Tasmania 1905.

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McAleer
  Code = McAlr:[page]

"The Shire of Lillydale and its Military Heritage - Volume 1 The Colonial Years" by Anthony J McAleer, 1994 NLA ISBN No. 0 646 17940 3 (set) 0 646 17941 1.

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AJHR(NZ)
  Code = NZHRJ:[series, year & page]

"Appendix to the Journal of the House of Representatives (New Zealand)". New Zealand's soldiers in the Boer War are listed by contingent (Nominal Rolls) in the AJHR for 1900,1901,1902; H series, H6, H6A,H6B which give: name, address, occupation and next-of-kin. The rolls are also available from the NZ Society of Genealogists on 4 fiche with an index by Judy & Phil Heapy (1987). The relevance of the AJHR to the Oz-Boer Database is that the NZ rolls show a handful of NZ soldiers with Australian addresses as well as over 100 with Australians as their next of kin.

The AJHR lists are not complete, and other names can be added from the Medal Rolls (for QSA and KSA): including about 63 from 7th NZ Contingent and 11 recruited into the Hotchkiss Battery, 2nd NZ Contingent in South Africa. Most were enrolled in New Zealand, but some enlisted in South Africa. Deaths by contingent are listed in: AJHR H6A, 1903 (15 pages) gives next-of-kin, particulars of death and usually locality of grave, although bodies in isolated graves were reburied in 7 cemeteries by late 1905. It includes 6 names not in the Nominal Rolls. There were also brief interim death lists in AJHR 1900 H6N (to 12 Sept 1900, no date/place) and H6E 1901 (to 3 Oct 1901, gives date/place). Other printed lists (Rolls) of the NZ Contingents are in: (1) Military Pensions (Amendment) Acts 1901 No 53, 1902 No 59, 1903 No 31 (Appendixes), and (2) Roll of Honour 1840 to 1902, 'Defenders of the Empire Resident in New Zealand' (Ranfurly Roll) compiled by the Earl of Ranfurly, printed in 1902 by The New Zealand Times: pages 50-94; not included in the version of the Roll of Honour on fiche from NZ Society of Genealogists. See also Colin McGeorge's database of the NZ Contingents to the Boer War which is based on the AJHR Embarkation Rolls. The above information on sources concerning New Zealand's Boer War soldiers was kindly provided by John Wilson, Wellington.

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Hall
  Code = HallD:[page]

"The New Zealanders in South Africa, 1899-1902" by D.O.W. Hall, 1949, War History Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington.

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Kopje
  Code = Kopje:[date]

"The Kopje" - the Journal of the Anglo-Boer War Study Group of Australia. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in The Kopje are identified by the prefix Kopje: followed by the edition date.

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OMRS
  Code = OMRSJ:[date]

The Journal of the Orders and Medals Research Society. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in the OMRS UK journal are identified by the prefix OMRSJ: followed by the edition date.

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Sproule
  Code = Sproul:[page]

"The Molong Mounted Rifles South Africa 1899-1902" researched and complied by Colin Sproule, circa 1991. This 26 page booklet containing a group photograph is based on information taken from the Molong Express and the Sydney Daily Telegraph. The Molong Historical Society holds a copy. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Sproule are identified by the prefix Sproul: followed by the page.

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Burridge1
  Code = Burr1:[date]

"John Burridge Military Antiques" catalogues. John Burridge Military Antiques, Swanbourne WA publishes regular catalogues of medals, militaria and related books which often include items awarded to Australians who served in the Boer War. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in John Burridge's catalogues are identified by the prefix Burr1: followed by the catalogue date.

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Burridge2
  Code = Burr2:[page]

"Western Australian Contingents to the South African War" by John Burridge, Swanbourne WA November 1972. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in John Burridge's booklet are identified by the prefix Burr2: followed by the page number.

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Reid
  Code = ReidB:[page]

"Our Little Army in the Field, the Canadians in South Africa 1899-1902" by Brian A. Reid, St. Catherines Ontario Canada, Vanwell 1996. Brian tells me that a 1902 source indicates that the 102 man 'B' Squadron of the Canadian Scouts was made up of Australians. His book mentions the Australians when they served alongside the Canadians - in particular, the QMI at Sunnyside, NSW Field Hospital at Paardeberg, the Western Australians in the Karoo in March-April 1900, the Queenslanders in the relief of Mafeking and the members of 1MIB. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Reid are identified by the prefix ReidB: followed by the page number.

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Regal
  Code = Regal:[date]

"Regal Coin Company Pty. Ltd." catalogues. The Regal Coin Co., Melbourne published regular catalogues of coins, medals and tokens which often included items awarded to Australians who served in the Boer War. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in the Regal catalogues are identified by the prefix Regal: followed by the catalogue date.

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Simpson
  Code = Simps:[page]

"Maygar's Boys, a Biographical History of the 8th Light Horse Regiment AIF 1914-19" by Cameron Simpson, published by Just Soldiers Military Research & Publications, Moorooduc Vic. in 1998 - ISBN No. 0 646 32524 8. This 308 page book on a legendary World War 1 AIF unit that fought at Gallipoli and Beersheeba, includes an appendix listing 95 members of the regiment who had earlier served in the Boer War. Biographical details on them can be found elsewhere in the book. Tantalisingly, the dustjacket says that Simpson "is now concluding a co-authored biographical study of 6,000 Australians who served with the South African Irregular Forces during the Boer War". References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Simpson are identified by the prefix Simps: followed by a page number.

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Pakenham
  Code = Paken:[page]

"The Boer War, by Thomas Pakenham, published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson, London in 1979 - ISBN No. 0 297 77395 x. This 659 page recent general history of the Second Anglo-Boer War is required background reading for anyone interested in the causes and conduct of the conflict. However, it mentions only a small number of individual Australian participants - mainly officers. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Pakenham are identified by the prefix Paken: followed by a page number.

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Africana
  Code = Afric:[page]

"Military Medals of South African Interest, an exhibition of the Collections in the Africana Museum and the South African War Museum, Johannesburg, augmented by special loans, 22 July - 10 August 1957". This 230 page catalogue contains a large section on medals of the Second Anglo-Boer War but few are to Australians. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in the Africana Museum catalogue are identified by the prefix Afric: followed by a page number.

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Watson
  Code = Watsn:[page]

"Heroes All - Tasmanian Casualties in the Anglo-Boer War" by Reg. A. Watson, published by the Anglo-Saxon Keltic Society, Blackmans Bay Tasmania 7052 circa 1999, ISBN 0 646 190033 4. This 69 page booklet provides about a page of biographical notes plus pictures (of the individuals or their graves) on each of the 33 Tasmanians who died as a result of the war. Reg can be contacted by mail at PO Box 146 Lindisfarne Tas. 7015 or by phone on 03 6243 9277. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Watson are identified by the prefix Watsn: followed by a page number.

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Davey
  Code = Davey:[page]

"Breaker Morant and the Bushveldt Carbineers" editor Arthur Davey and published by the Van Riebeck Society, Cape Town 1987. This book of over 200 pages includes a nominal roll for the Bushveldt Carbineers covering the period February to December 1901. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Davey are identified by the prefix Davey: possibly followed by a page number.

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Fogg
  Code = FoggA:[chapter]

"The 5th Contingent Queensland Imperial Bushmen in South Africa 1901-1902 - the history of this Contingent from its formation in January 1901 until it was disbanded on 5th May 1902" by Alan L. Fogg MBE, Canberra 1998. The Research Centre at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra and the John Oxley Library, Brisbane hold the original hardcopy prints but an internet edition is also available. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Fogg are identified by the prefix FoggA: followed by a chapter number.

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Wilkinson
  Code = Wilkn:[chapter]

"Australian Cavalry - the NSW Lancer Regiment and the First Australian Horse" by Frank Wilkinson published by Angus and Robertson, Sydney 1901. This book is now online here. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Wilkinson are identified by the prefix Wilkn: possibly followed by a chapter number.

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B5165
  Code = B5165:

"NAA Series B5165, Alphabetical Roll of Western Australian Contingents in South Africa", National Archives of Australia, (formerly Australian Archives). The printed Western Australian Roll shows Previous Service, S'sn. No., Reg. No., Rank, Name, Unit and Remarks showing Casualties reported up to October 23 1900. The microfilm version also includes additional handwritten remarks typically concerning wounds, evacuation transports and dates plus King's South Africa Medal entitlements. References in the Oz-Boer Database to both classes of information in B5165 are identified by the prefix B5165:.

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B5172
  Code = B5172:

"NAA Series B5172, Nominal Rolls of the Queensland Defence Force for service in South Africa", National Archives of Australia, (formerly Australian Archives). The earlier Queensland unit nominal rolls typically show only number, rank and name plus an address and sometimes a contact name. Later rolls usually provide the contact name and indicate their relationship to the soldier as well. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in B5172 are identified by the prefix B5172:.

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B5177
  Code = B5177:

"NAA Series B5177, Enrolment Forms for the [Victorian Colonial] Military Contingents for service in South Africa", National Archives of Australia, formerly Australian Archives. The handwritten Victorian Colonial Contingent enrolment forms typically show Regimental Number, Soldier's Singature (surname and initials), Age (when sworn), Condition (married or single), Occupation or Profession, Signature of Justice Administering the Oath and Date Sworn. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in B5177 are identified by the prefix B5177:.

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B5179
  Code = B5179:

"NAA Series B5179, Nominal Rolls for the [Victorian Colonial] Military Contingents for service in South Africa", National Archives of Australia, formerly Australian Archives. The printed Victorian Colonial Contingent nominal rolls typically show Rank, Surname and Given names, Condition (married or single), Previous Corps, Occupation and Usual Residence. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in B5179 are identified by the prefix B5179: followed by an item identifyer.

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B5198
  Code = B5198:

"NAA Series B5198, Nominal rolls of the 3rd Mounted Rifles and 3rd NSW Imperial Bushmen", National Archives of Australia, Victorian Office (formerly Australian Archives). The unit nominal rolls typically show number, rank, name, occupation, religion, birth date & place, marriage status and family details or name and address of next of kin plus signature. Unit medal rolls show number, rank, name and clasp entitlements (for the Queen's South Africa and King's South Africa medal) and sometimes also comments which can include service in other units. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in B5198 are identified by the prefix B5198:.

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B5204
  Code = B5204:

"NAA Series B5204, Nominal Rolls and Lists of Medals and Clasps for New South Wales Military Forces who Served in the Boer War", National Archives of Australia, Victorian Office (formerly Australian Archives). The unit nominal rolls typically show number, rank, name, occupation, religion, birth date & place, marriage status and family details or name and address of next of kin plus signature. Unit medal rolls show number, rank, name and clasp entitlements (for the Queen's South Africa and King's South Africa medal) and sometimes also comments which can include service in other units. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in B5204 are identified by the prefix B5204:.

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B5205
  Code = B5205:

"NAA Series B5205, Pay ledgers for New South Wales Military Forces involved in the Boer War", National Archives of Australia, Victorian Office (formerly Australian Archives). References in the Oz-Boer database to information in B5205 are identified by the prefix B5205:.

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B5206
  Code = B5206:

"NAA Series B5206, Index to Pay ledgers for the New South Wales Military Forces involved in the Boer War", National Archives of Australia, Victorian Office (formerly Australian Archives). References in the Oz-Boer database to information in B5206 are identified by the prefix B5206:.

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B5207
Code = B5207:

"NAA Series B5207, Nominal Rolls of Battalions for Service in South Africa", National Archives of Australia, Victorian Office (formerly Australian Archives). The unit nominal rolls typically show number, rank, name, occupation, religion, birth date & place, marriage status and family details or name and address of next of kin plus signature. Unit medal rolls show number, rank, name and clasp entitlements (for the Queen's South Africa and King's South Africa medal) and sometimes also comments which can include service in other units. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in B5207 are identified by the prefix B5207:.

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"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 compiled at the direction of His Majesty's [UK] Government by Maj.Gen. Sir Frederick Maurice KCB with a staff of officers and published by Hurst & Blackett Limited London, 1906-1911. This British official history of the war comrises a multi-volume set of text with a box of maps accompanying each volume. While this history covers the activities of Australian units, it make little mention of individual Australian participants. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Maurice are identified by the prefix Mauri: plus volume and page numbers.

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Wilcox
Code = Wilcx:[page]

"The Boer War - Australians and the War in South Africa, 1899-1902" a National Archives Search Guide by Dr. Craig Wilcox, 1999 published by the National Archives of Australia, Canberra ISBN 0 642 34409 4. This invaluable 94 page guide to the primary sources on the war held by NAA (now online) contains many mentions of individual Australians amongst the examples given. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in the Wilcox are identified by the prefix Wilcx: plus a page number.

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ABWSGoA
Code = ABWSG:[webpage number]

"Centenary Internet Exhibition presented by the Anglo-Boer War Study Group of Australia, PO Box 42 Bulleen Vic. 3105. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in the ABWSGoA Centenary Exhibition are identified by the prefix ABWSG: plus a web page number.

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Chamberlain
Code = Chamb:[page number]

"The Australians in the South African War 1899-1902, A Map History by Max Chamberlain 1999. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Chamberlain are identified by the prefix Chamb: sometimes followed by a page number.

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A6394
Code = A6394:

"Accession A6394, Enrolment Forms", National Archives of Australia, (formerly Australian Archives) Series A6394 item NN boxes 1-5. Scottish Horse enrolments as extracted by Cheryl Mongan. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in A6394 are identified by the prefix A6394:.

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Howe
Code = HoweG:[page number]

"Words of War", Geoff Howe, 1999, ISBN 0 9577763 0 6, published by Ancestral Trail Publications, 2F Stiles St. Croydon Park NSW 2133. This 126 page book is based on contemporary interviews and letters from 40 Austalian soldiers from Sydney (mainly the Inner Western Suburbs) and Wagga, NSW. It is available from Geoff at the above address for $20 plus $4.50 postage and handling. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Howe are identified by the prefix HoweG: followed by a page number.

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Dennis & Grey
Code = DenGy:[page number]

"The Boer War - Army, Nation and Empire", the 1999 Chief of Army/Australian War Memorial Military History Conference, edited by Peter Dennis and Jeffrey Grey, published by the Army History Unit, Department of Defence Canberra ACT 2600, in 2000, ISBN 0 642 70482 1. This 235 page volume of essays drawn from the conference papers includes a number of references to individual Australian participants. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Dennis & Grey are identified by the prefix DenGy: followed by a page number.

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Newbury1
Code = Newb1:[page number]

"South Australians and the South African War" being an alphabetical roll of those who took part, compiled by George A. Newbury, Seaford South Australia 1988, ISBN 0731644948, 41 pages. Gleaned from medal rolls and contemporary newspaper reports and other sources as well as Murray's 'Official Records', this work includes many corrections and additions to the information in the latter - in particular, given names for 1SAMR & 3SAB soldiers for whom Murray provides only initials. It also includes relevant data from the 1st AIF rolls and R. Dalton's works on Australian Long Service Awards. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Newbury1 are identified by the prefix Newb1: followed by a page number.

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Newbury2
Code = Newb2:

"The Australian Commonwealth Horse", compiled by George A. Newbury, Daw Park South Australia 1990?, ISBN 0731698525, 107 pages. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Newbury2 are identified by the prefix Newb2:.

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Sydney Daily Telegraph
Code = SydDT:[date]

The Sydney "Daily Telegraph" newspaper. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in the Sydney Daily Telegraph are identified by the prefix SydDT: sometimes followed by a date.

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Chamberlain & Droogleever
Code = ChDrg:[page]

"The War with Johnny Boer - Australians in the Boer War 1899-1902" edited by Max Chamberlain and Robin Droogleever, ABWSGoA. ISBN 1876439025. A limited print run with expected publication date November 2000 (cost about $40). Approximately 375 pages with illustrations, maps and indexes of contents and writers. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in 'The War with Johnny Boer' are identified by the prefix ChDrg: possibly followed by a page number.

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Bail
Code = BailH:[page]

"Diaries of Corporal Herbert Bail 2nd Contingent South Australian Mounted Rifles, 1900-1903" published by his grandson, Trevor Bail, 51 Nullagine St., Fisher ACT 2611. ISBN 0 646 38263 2, 76 pages, price A$10 overseas US$8. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Bail are identified by the prefix BailH: possibly followed by a page number.

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Symonds
Code = Symds:[page]

"Letters from the Boer War" by Ian W. Symonds published in 1999 by the Port Macquarie Historical Society Inc. ISBN 0-9586696-4-3. Letters from soldiers from the Port Macquarie district of NSW who served in Australian and British units in the Boer War. Available from the Port Macquarie Historical Society Museum. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Symonds are identified by the prefix Symds: possibly followed by a page number.

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Robertson
Code = Robtn:[page]

"Not for Self but Empire" by Jill Robertson published in 1994 by the Bellerive Historical Society ISBN 0-646-17744-3. The story of Frank Edward Morrisby, who died on service in the Boer War. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Robertson are identified by the prefix Robtn: possibly followed by a page number.

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Reay
Code = ReayW:[page]

"Australians at War: with the Australian Regiment from Melbourne to Bloemfontein" by Maj. William T. Reay published in Melbourne in 1900 by A.H. Massina & Co., 382 pages. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Reay are identified by the prefix ReayW: followed by a page number (NB, VI-number is the page in Appendix VI which lists the Victorian losses).

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Bassett
Code = Basst:[page]

"Guns and Brooches. Australian Army Nursing from the Boer War to the Gulf War" by Jan Bassett published in Melbourne in 1992 by Oxford University Press Australia, ISBN 0 19 553380 1. Chapter I, pages 8 to 30, covers South Africa. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Bassett are identified by the prefix Basst: followed by a page number.

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Gunn & McAleer
Code = GunMc:[page]

"My Boys: a Book of Remembrance" by Mrs Aenaes Gunn 1949 updated and expanded in 2000 by AJ McAleer for the Monbulk RSL Sub-branch, Monbulk Vic. 3793, ISBN 0 909645 26 24. The early pages mention some 8 soldiers and sailors from Monbulk Vic. who served in the Boer War - most with photos. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Gunn & McAleer are identified by the prefix GunMc:

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Blair
Code = Blair:[page]

"Shoulder to Shoulder: a Military History of the Baw Baw Shire and a Record of the Men and Women who Served" published in 2000 by Ron Blair, Brandy Creek Vic. ISBN 0 646 27845 2. Chapter 2 (pages 5-11) 'The First Bugle Call - Off to Fight the Boer 1899-1902' includes the names, unit details plus embarkation and return dates for the known Boer War volunteers from the former Shires of Buln Buln, Narracan, Wallhalla and Warragul. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Blair are identified by the prefix Blair: plus page references.

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Dunn & Blundell
Code = DunBl:[page]

"The Boys in Green: a Centenary History of the 1st Australian Horse and the Light Horse Units of Harden and Murrumburrah, New South Wales", research co-ordinators Brian Dunn and Peter Blundell, published in August 1997 by Clarion Editions, Binalong NSW. Two thirds of this 50 page booklet deals with the raising of the regiment and the Boer War era. Copies can be obtained from Brian Dunn, PO Box 28 Harden NSW 2587. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Dunn & Blundell are identified by the prefix DunBl: plus page references.

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Paterson
Code = Patsn:[page]

"From the Front: A.B. (Banjo) Paterson's Dispatches from the Boer War", edited by R.W.F. Droogleever, published in 2000 by Pan Macmillan Australia Pty. Limited, Sydney NSW. ISBN 0 7329 1062 5. This hardcopy book of 450 pages (including extensive references and index) contains over 75 of Paterson's reports to the 'Sydney Morning Herald', 'Argus' and 'Sydney Mail' newspapers. They date from his period as a war correspondent in South Africa from November 1899 until July 1900. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Paterson are identified by the prefix Patsn: sometimes followed by page numbers.

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Gray
Code = GrayS:[page]

"The South African War 1899-1902: Service Records of British and Colonial Women", by Sheila Gray. This book lists 66 nurses from Australia (pages 69-72) including one death. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in Gray are identified by the prefix GrayS: sometimes followed by page numbers.

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Melbourne Leader
Code = MelbL:[date]

"The Leader" newspaper. Inter alia, this Melbourne paper published the details (name, number, rank, occupation, address, marital status and number of children) plus a photograph of every soldier in the departing Victorian Contingents. References in the Oz-Boer database to information in the Melbourne Leader are identified by the prefix MelbL: followed by the date.

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5VMR QSA Medal Roll
Codes = 5VMRR: & 5VMRN

"The Queen's (Victoria) South Africa Medal Roll for the 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles". The original of this roll is held by the Public Record Office, London under reference WO 100/291. References in the Oz-Boer database to information from the 5VMR QSA Roll are identified by the prefix 5VMRR:.

The photocopy of the roll I examined included unsourced pencilled annotations of a later date (ie, additional to the apparently original hand-written annotations that had been copied along with the original typescript). The 'original' annotations are coded 5VMRR: like the typescript data while the clearly later annotations are coded 5VMRN:

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Frost
Code = Frost:[page]

"Essendon and the Boer War with letters from the Veldt 1899-1902", by Lenore Frost, Essendon Vic., self-published in 2002 ISBN 0-9580558-0-7. This 125 page book (including 33 photographs) is a mine of information on the 66 Essendon soldiers. $30.00 plus $3.00 postage from Lenore. References in the Oz-Boer Database to information from Frost are identified by the prefix Frost: followed by page numbers.

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Smith & Simpson
Code = SmSim:[page]

"'The Featherbed Soldiers", by Neil C Smith and Cameron V Simpson. References in the Oz-Boer Database to information from Smith & Simpson are identified by the prefix SmSim: followed by page numbers.

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Haynes
Code = Hayns:[page]

"'Poor Jim Has Died", by Helen Haynes deals with the death in action of Trooper Jim Duff of the NSW Citizens' Bushmen at Elands River on 4 August 1900. Copies are available from Helen at "Mount View", Kerrs Creek via Orange NSW 2800 for $28 (inc. postage). References in the Oz-Boer Database to information from Haynes are identified by the prefix Hayns: followed by page numbers.

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HAGSOC
Code = H_SAG:

The "South African Graves" website maintained by the Heraldry and Genealogy Society of Canberra Inc. offers free, in searchable database form, the infomation held by the National Memorials Council of South Africa concerning known Australian graves in South Africa arising from the Second Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902. Note- this war predates the era for which the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has responsibility.

The HAGSOC site includes many images of Australian Boer War graves and memorials located in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Australia. They also are searchable by both soldier's name and memorial location. References in the Oz-Boer Database to information from the HAGSOC site are identified by the prefix H_SAG:.

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Asplin
Code = Aspln:

Kevin Asplin is progressively extracting information from the attestation papers of colonial solidiers who served in the Boer War (1899-1902). Moreover, he is making the names indexes freely available online through his Asplin Military History Resources website. The work is an on-going project based on the WO file series held in the British National Archives.

Kevin has also made available online more detailed information (viz, names, ranks and numbers, as well as unit) on the almost 40,000 men of the Imperial Yeomanry, Lovats Scouts and Scottish Horse extracted from his book on the subject. Elsewhere on his site are rolls for a number of other British regiments.

References in the Oz-Boer Database to information from the Asplin indexes are identified by the prefix Aspln:.

Forsyth
Code = Forsy:[page]

"The Defenders of Kimberley Medal Roll - the Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902 with Clasp Defence of Kimberley Authorised by Army Order No. 94" by D.R. Forsyth. Amongst other things, Forsyth's roll lists 5664 recipients of the Defence of Kimberley clasp identified from the original unit medal rolls held in Section WO 100/12 to WO 100/301 in the UK National Archives (formerly the UK Public Record Office, Kew). Typically, the information available is surname and initials, rank, regimental number and unit plus the various clasps awarded.

References in the Oz-Boer Database to information from the Forsyth are identified by the prefix Forsy: followed by a page number.


Woolmore1
Code = Wool1:[page]

"The Bushveldt Carbineers and the Pietersburg Light Horse", written by William (Bill) Woolmore and published in 2002 by Slouch Hat Publications, McCrae Vic., 3938 ISBN 0 95797520 1. This 320 page publication about a unit which was 30% comprised of Australians (as well as the infamous Lt. Morant), includes biographic notes on every soldier. Copies are available from Slouch Hat Publications. References in the Oz-Boer Database to information from Woolmore1 are identified by the prefix Wool1: followed by page numbers.

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Woolmore2
Code = Wool2:[page]

"Steinaecker's Horsemen", written by William (Bill) Woolmore and published circa 2006 by South African Country Life, Barberton South Africa. ISBN 0958478244. 352 pages with illustrations, maps, an index and bibliography plus a biographical nominal roll of the unit. Copies are available from Slouch Hat Publications, McCrae Vic. 3938. References in the Oz-Boer Database to information from Woolmore2 are identified by the prefix Wool2: followed by page numbers.

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Cope1
Code = Cope1:[page]

"Boer War Men of the Queanbeyan-Braidwood Region: Adventurers or Patriots?", written by John Cope and published in 2005 by the Ginninderra Press, Charnwood ACT 2615 ISBN 1 74027 301 X. This 280 page book includes biographic notes on 192 soldiers from the Queanbeyan-Braidwood region plus a number of plates. References in the Oz-Boer Database to information from John Cope's Boer War book are identified by the prefix Cope1: followed by page numbers.

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Droogleever
Code = Droog:[page]

"That Ragged Mob: Being the Service Record of the 3rd and 4th Victorian Bushmen Contingents in the Boer War with a Brief Biographical Sketch of Each Man who Served", written and published in 2009 by Robin Droogleever, PO Box 42 Bulleen Vic. and printed by Trojan Press, ISBN 9780646518169. This 720 page hard-cover profusely illustrated book includes a detailed biographical roll of each man who served in the two Victorian units plus Cameron's Scouts as well as relevant references to the Victorian Nurses who accompanied the Third Contingent and was compiled with the assistance of over 200 descendents. It can be ordered direct from the author for $64.90 (includes parcel post anywhere in Australia). Robin Droogleever is the Convener of the Anglo-Boer War Study Group of Australia and has contributed to other works on the Boer War (see 'The War with Johnny Boer' and The Kopje'). References in the Oz-Boer Database to information from 'That Ragged Mob' are identified by the prefix Droog: followed by page numbers.

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Contributed Information & Sources NEI
Code = Sourc:#[number]

Information supplied by the family of the individual concerned or by other reseachers and other minor or one-off sources. Such references will be identified with a Sourc: #[number] that is elaborated on the Contributed Information page.

Colin Roe's Comments
Code = CLRoe:

CLRoe: references are my personal comments. They are often doubts, queries and unsure readings which are indicated by question marks.

Colin Roe


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