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Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - BEST WEBSITES - An­thony Daw­son, au­thor of RealWarHorses:The Ex­pe­ri­ence ofthe Bri­tish Cavalry 1814–1914 (Pen and Sword, 2016)

“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

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