“The second Anglo-Boer War (1899–1902) was the last war of the 19th century, and the first of the 20th. It started in the reign of Victoria, and ended with Edward VII. It was a controversial war, with many in Europe and at home seeing it as an act of imperial aggression, believing Britain had no right to declare war on the Transvaal and Orange Free State. Indeed an international brigade, led by a French general, was formed to fight for the Boers. The war also saw the first use of concentration camps.
“One of the best electronic resources for family historians is angloboerwar.com, a website set up and run by Boer War historian David Biggins. It contains details on the 1899–1902 conflict as well as earlier conflicts in Africa from 1779 onwards. It lists an extensive bibliography and has three main forums, with recent topics on the role of certain military units, Boer prisoners, and other conflicts in South Africa. At time of writing it boasted some 501,126 soldiers’ records, 55,000 forum posts, 95 full text books, more than 3,000 articles and 23,000 images. It’s a fascinating resource, and best of all is free after you’ve registered.”
The site boasts more than halfa-million soldiers’ records English prisoners after the battle of Nicholson’s Nek on 30 October 1899