This is a free database of Canadian soldiers who fought in the South African War (1899-1902) and is provided by Library and Archives Canada. These service files, medals, and land applications are useful for family history and genealogy research. Veterans of the war were entitled to 320 acres of Dominion Land and these records provide the name of the applicant, place of residence, and service summary. Most soldiers sold their land grants to a substitute and accepted $160 rather than a land grant.

“The South African War (1899-1902) is a key event in the military history of Canada. It was the first time in its history that Canada dispatched troops to an overseas war. In October 1899, the tensions between Dutch South Africans, known as Boers, and British South Africans erupted into open warfare. The government of Canada eventually responded to the crisis by recruiting, equipping and transporting two contingents of volunteers to serve with the British forces in South Africa. The British War Office paid all other costs, including pay and return transport. Later contingents were financed completely by the British War Office, with the exception of one recruited and paid for by Lord Strathcona. Canadians participated in nine important battles between the November¬†1899 arrival of the first contingent in South Africa, and the end of the war in May¬†1902.”

“A total of 7,368 Canadians and 12 Nursing Sisters served in South Africa. This database brings together three groups of records pertaining to the South African War: the service files, medal registers and land grant applications.”


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