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Second South African (Boer) War 1899-1902
Second South African (Boer) War 1899-1902
Cecil got to fight in the Boer War thanks to his hat
When the Boer War started in 1899, many young Australians made an instant decision to offer their services as soldiers, but actually getting into the various army units that were to head for South Africa wasn't as easy as you might expect.
Family caught up in the Boer War
Things were tough in Australia in the 1890s with little work available in the building trade, so Charles Alexander Haslett, faced with a number of debts, decided to leave his home in Sorrento, Victoria, and try his luck in South Africa, where he planned to make a fresh start.
Frederick William Bell
Guy George Egerton Wylly
Hardship is not the name for Private Pope and his mates
Private Walter Pope served with the NSW Mounted Rifles during the Boer War, surviving many battles, but like many of his countrymen he caught dysentery, bronchitis and rheumatic fever before being repatriated.
John Hutton Bisdee
Leslie Cecil Maygar
Major Thomas defended Harry 'Breaker' Morant
Major James Francis Thomas earned world fame at the South African War in 1902 for the defence of Harry "The Breaker" Morant, but long before that he was known, in Tenterfield, for his sense of justice and fair play
McVinish family members served in all conflicts
When two brothers, Colin John and George McVinish, migrated to Australia from Scotland in the late 1800s they had no idea they would be starting a chain of events that would lead to members of their family taking part in virtually every conflict involving Australian troops that followed.
Neville Reginald Howse
Only one brother returned from the Boer War
Two Lilley brothers, William and Dave, joined the 5"' Queensland Imperial Bushmen to fight in the Boer War but only one of them returned.
Private Kelly 'ran away' to the Boer War
Private Jack Kelly, from Tenterfield, NSW, was determined to take part in the Boer War. So keen was he to go that he defied his father's wishes and then "bought himself out" of his Artillery unit because it was not going to the war.
The men of Inglewood fought in the Boer War
The Victorian town of Inglewood had a strong community spirit in the late 1890s with mining and agriculture bringing great wealth to the region. With this background, it was hardly surprising that when a call came to develop its own defence system in the form of a militia, there was great support for the plan. Members of the Inglewood Rifle Club were among the first to become members of the Inglewood F Company of the Victorian Rangers but it later expanded to include any skilled male from the district.
Treachery led to death of young soldier
Private William Abrahams was excited about taking part in the Boer War. He joined the Bega Mounted Rifles with a number of other young men from the district.
Trooper Jone - First Australian to die in the Boer War
Trooper Victor Jone of the first Queensland contingent, 2/14 Queensland Mounted Infantry, was the first Australian to die in action in the Boer War when he was killed in an ambush on 1 January 1900.
War photography brings the action to the public
War photography is a specialised business. Many of the best remembered photographs taken in the 20th Century involved war and the human suffering they caused.
William Riddell Birdwood
The 'soul of Anzac'
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