Thursday 26th of December 2002 07:50 PM 
 
New Zealand Forces in the Anglo-Boer War

With all the ardour of its young, strong nationality New Zealand had thrown itself headlong into the mle of old-world turmoil. We had selected from our young men those of the very finest physique and we had sent them across the Tasman Sea and the Indian Ocean to slay boys of 16 and old men of 70, or be slain in the attempt...our poor British boys were led through the black night that they might bayonet to death Boers slumbering within their tents, and the horror was justified. When the Boers committed any special atrocity, our language failed to express enough reprobation.
Wilhelmina Sherriff Bain
Otago Daily Times, 11 May 1900


NEW ZEALAND REGIMENTS INVOLVED

CONTINGENT
OFFICERS
MEN
ARRIVED IN S.A.
LEFT S.A.
1st Contingent N.Z. M. Rifles
+ Hotchkiss Gun Detachment
9 206 Nov. 1899 Nov. 1900
2nd do. 11 247 Feb. 1900 31 Mar. 1901
3rd do. 12 252 Mar. 1900 do.
4th do. 20 446 Apr. 1900 May 1901
5th do. (Imp. Bushmen)
Reserves
24
3
500
68
do.
do.
do.
do.
6th Contingent 27 551 Feb. 1901 22 May 1902
(larger part)
July 1902 (part)
7th do. 28 572 May 1901 22 May 1902
(larger part)
July 1902 (part)
8th do.
(Details)
45
8
951
192
March 1902
do.
July 1902
9th Contingent 48 1, 028 April 1902
(beg. May 1902)
do.
10th do.
(Details)
45
7
961
155
April 1902
do.
(beg. May 1902)
do.
do.
New Zealand Battery No. inc.
in total
no. inc.
in total
Total 287 6, 129

 

SOURCE:
Field, L.M. The Forgotten War: Australian Involvement in the South African Conflict of 1899-1902. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1979.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Links

New Zealand's Participation in the South African War 1899-1902
A very good site from the New Zealand Government addressing almost all aspects of New Zealand participation in the War. Comprehensive and image-rich.

Database of New Zealand Boer War Service
This database was compiled by Colin McGeorge from the Education Department of the University of Canterbury. The information was sourced from the nominal rolls of the New Zealand Contingents published in the Appendices to the House of Representatives.
The database containins the names, contingents, companies, registration numbers, ranks, embarkation details, addresses, next of kin and occupations of every New Zealand soldier in the South African War.
Use keyword searches to find surnames and given names of soldiers or search by one or more of the following: contingent number, company, occupation and registration number.

Further Reading
Crawford, J & Ellis, E. To Fight for the Empire: An Illustrated History of New Zealand and the South African War 1899-1902. Auckland: 1999.

Hall, D.O.W. The New Zealanders in South Africa, 1899-1902. Wellington: Dept. Internal Affairs, 1949. DT0931.3H3.

Hawdon, Sarah Elizabeth. New Zealanders and the Boer War, or, Soldiers from the Land of the Moa. Christchurch: Gordon and Gotch, [1902?].

Moore, James G. Harle (James Gerald Harle). With the Fourth New Zealand Rough Riders. Dunedin: Otago Daily Times and Wilness Newspapers Co., 1906.

Perham, Trooper F. The Kimberley Flying Column: Boer War Reminiscences. (pamphlet, Timaru: New Zealand, 1957.)

Stirling, John (John Featherstone). The Colonials in South Africa. Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1907.