Tuesday 24 April 2012

More Boer War records on FindMyPast UK

Find My Past UK has updated its Boer War collection with almost 10,000 new records.

The major inclusions in this update are:
  • The complete Queen's South Africa medal roll for the Coldstream Guards, Irish Guards, 1st battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers and Rundles Scouts
  • The Wepener clasp rolls for Royal Scots, Royal Engineers, Cape Mounted Rifles, Driscoll's Scouts and the Kaffrarian Rifles
A huge contingent of Irishmen played a role in the Boer War, including my Grandad Santry, who signed up using his mother's maiden name, Driscoll, to prevent any potential repercussions for the family in southwest Cork. I have his medals, showing he fought at the Relief of Ladysmith, among other famous battles, showing his alias.

The FindMyPast Boer War records can tell you vast amounts of crucial information about your military ancestors, including the unit in which they served, where they became a casualty, which war memorial they appear on and the honours and awards they received.

This update brings the total number of Boer War records on FindMyPast.co.uk to 269,425. They come from more than 470 sources, some of which are extremely rare and others are out of print; this particular addition to the online database provider was supplied by Meurig Jones.

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