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Boer war injured

Posted: 8 Nov 2012 3:47PM GMT
Classification: Military
Surnames: Cattle
My great uncle was injured in the boer war in 30th April 1901

Can any one tell me how long it took to get an injured soldier from SA back to the UK

Re: Boer war injured

Posted: 24 Nov 2012 9:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
This would obviously depend entirely on the personal circumstances. If someone was so badly injured that moving him would endanger him still further he would obviously be kept in one place until he was fit enough to be moved. If he was wounded less seriously but was hors de combat he might not have top priority to be put on a ship. If he was wounded in some isolated place in the bush it could take days before he could be taken to a port for embarquation. If he was wounded in Natal he would probably leave from Durban, Western Cape, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, Cape Town. If he was right up in the old Transvaal any of them - after two or three days train journey. I think the Union-Castle already had their 14 day schedule, Cape Town to Southampton,(17 days to Durban?) very early in their history but soldiers would have gone on troop ships which were probably slower - and what do you mean by "back to the UK"?, off-loaded at Netley or arrival home?

Re: Boer war injured

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 2:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cattle
Just trying to see if he could get home to father a child
It's on a knife edge!!

Re: Boer war injured

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 9:14PM GMT
Classification: Query
As you know he was injured I assume you know his regiment/unit? Have you thought of trying his military records which would definitely record his return - no need to tell them why you want to know! Good luck.

Re: Boer war injured

Posted: 25 Nov 2012 9:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Cattle
Yes I know his regiment
The day he was injured
Where in SA he was injured
But who holds the rest of the story ie his discharge etc

Who are they that has this knowledge
Please

Rob

Re: Boer war injured

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 11:59AM GMT
Classification: Query
Google the name of the regiment - they will probably have a museum, archive or history section and if they don 't there will be links to how to get military records. A lot is held by the National Archives. Good luck

Re: Boer war injured

Posted: 26 Nov 2012 1:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 26 Nov 2012 1:29PM GMT
Surnames: Cattle
Many thanks

Rob
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