How do I find out if someone served in the Australian Army?

How do I find out if someone served in the Australian Army?

Military service records are held at the National Archives of Australia. You can find information about these through their defence and war service records section of their website. As a gift to the nation, World War 1 service records have been digitised and are freely available online.

Where can I find Boer War records?

“One of the best websites for Boer War records is, a website set up and run by Boer War historian David Biggins. It contains details on the 1899–1902 war as well as earlier conflicts in Africa from 1779 onwards.

Who participated in the Boer War?

South African War, also called Boer War, Second Boer War, or Anglo-Boer War; to Afrikaners, also called Second War of Independence, war fought from October 11, 1899, to May 31, 1902, between Great Britain and the two Boer (Afrikaner) republics—the South African Republic (Transvaal) and the Orange Free State—resulting …

How many Australians were in the Boer War?

16,000 Australians
It is estimated that about 16,000 Australians fought in the Boer War and there were about 600 casualties and deaths. Six Australian soldiers were decorated with a Victoria Cross.

What medals were awarded in the Boer War?

Two campaign medals were issued for the Boer War during this period – the Queen’s South Africa Medal and, after the death of Queen Victoria, the King’s South Africa Medal. Eligible Australians were awarded one or two medals according to their period of service.

Are Afrikaners and Boers the same?

Afrikaner directly translated means African, and thus refers to all Afrikaans-speaking people in Africa who have their origins in the Cape Colony founded by Jan Van Riebeeck. Boer is a specific group within the larger Afrikaans-speaking population.

Do Boers still exist?

Boer, (Dutch: “husbandman,” or “farmer”), a South African of Dutch, German, or Huguenot descent, especially one of the early settlers of the Transvaal and the Orange Free State. Today, descendants of the Boers are commonly referred to as Afrikaners.

Did Australia fight in the Boxer Rebellion?

Australian colonial forces and family history Australian personnel sent to northern China were not engaged in combat. Six Australian’s died of sickness and injury and none were killed as a result of enemy action.

Did aboriginals fight in the Boer War?

More than 100 years on, it is still unclear how many Indigenous soldiers fought in the Boer War between 1899 and 1902. Academics say many men did not identify themselves as Indigenous or used different names to enlist. Only 12 men have been identified and honoured as Aboriginal soldiers.

Where can I find records of the Boer War?

See the NAA guideThe Boer War: Australians and the War in South Africa, 1899–1902 As a general guide, the pre-1901 colonial period records are held in state government archives, and post-federation records are held by the NAA, although there may be exceptions to this.

How many Australian soldiers fought in the Boer War?

Boer War (South Africa) 1899-1902 Around 15,000 Australian men and women, most of whom were born between 1870 and 1880, served in eight contingents raised in individual Australian colonies through the duration of the Second Boer War in South Africa between October 1899 and May 1902.

Who holds First World War service records in Australia?

First World War service records are held by NAA. The service records relate primarily to members of the First Australian Imperial Force. They include records of members of the: Australian Flying Corps. Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force. Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train. Australian Army Nursing Service.

Where can I find South African War Records?

South African War (Boer War), 1899–1902 The Boer War was fought between 1899 and 1902 and spans the pre- and post-Federation period. Therefore, records may be held by state government archivesor by the National Archives of Australia (NAA).

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