South African War (1899-1902)

South African War (1899-1902)

Canada’s role in the South African War, also known as the Boer War. Timelines, remembrance and archival records, as well as the people who fought.


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The role of Canada’s military

Canada’s involvement in the South African War, its first overseas military action.

Historical archives

Historical databases, files and records from the South African War.

Historical timeline

Timeline of milestones and events involving Canada’s military during the South African War.

Memorials, honours and medals

Memorials and medals honouring Canadians who served in the South African War.

Museum exhibit

Visit the Canadian War Museum`s South African War exhibit.

Educational resources

Learning activities to explore Canada’s role in the South African War.

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Maps of South Africa

Map of Southern Africa, showing the British colonies and the Boer republics

Browse a catalogue of maps which outline the movements and positions of Canadian units during the conflict.

President Brand Cemetery

The memorial is in the center of red flowers and green grass

Find the names of the soldiers listed on the President Brand Cemetery memorial grounds.

Victoria Cross gallery

The Victoria Cross laying on a white service

Explore the list of Canadians who received the Victoria Cross after serving in the South African War.

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