How to look for Boer War records
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
This is a brief guide to researching British government and military records of the Second Boer War. Boer War records are wide-ranging and fragmented.
This guide will help you gain a general overview of the main sources of the information that exists, and where to find it. This guide is for people interested in the subject of the Boer War as opposed to those interested in finding a specific person who fought in the conflict. To look for records of a person involved in the Boer, or South African, war please see our research guide on British Army Soldiers up to 1913.
What records can I see online?
What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
What records can I find in other archives and organisations?
What other resources will help me find information?
Did you know?
Two separate Boer Wars were fought between the British Empire and two independent Boer states. The war commonly known as the ‘Boer War’ is the second Boer War 1899-1902.
Many famous people, including Winston Churchill, Arthur Conan Doyle, Lord Baden-Powell and Mahatma Gandhi all served in the Second Boer War. To find out more about a notable person, please refer to our guide on researching famous people.
There is likely to be some overlap between separate departments on any given subject. For example, a decision made during the Boer War may have been informed by the Foreign Office (FO), discussed by the Prime Minister (PREM) and then carried out by the army (WO) and Navy (ADM).