The Boer Offensive (Boer War, 11 October 1899 to 30 December 1899)

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About This Campaign

The Boer Offensive - 1899

War was declared on 11 October 1899 with a Boer offensive into the British-held Natal and Cape Colony areas. The Boers had no problems with mobilisation, since the fiercely independent Boers had no regular army units, apart from the Staatsartillerie (Afrikaans for 'States Artillery') of both republics. As with the First Boer War, since the Boers were civilian militia, each man wore what he wished, usually his everyday dark-grey, light-grey, neutral-coloured, or earthtone khaki farming clothes—often a jacket, trousers and slouch hat. Only the members of the Staatsartillerie wore light green uniforms.

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Names

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MATHEWS, Francis George

Service number 96
Private
1st South Australian Mounted Rifles
Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion)
Born 11 Aug 1881

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TOLL, John Tressilian

Service number OFFICER
Captain
1st South Australian Mounted Contingent
Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion)
Born Oct 1849

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GORDON, Robert

Service number OFFICER
Lieutenant
1st Queensland Mounted Infantry
Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion)
Born 22 Dec 1866

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ROUSE, Thomas Henry

Service number OFFICER
Lieutenant
New South Wales Citizen Bushmen
Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion)
Born 4 Oct 1845

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CHILCOTT, Osborne Alexander Leslie

Service number 283
Corporal
2nd Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 11 Sep 1880

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ROBERTS, James Charles

Service number OFFICER
Lieutenant
1st Victorian Mounted Rifles
Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion)
Born 1872

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HARRIS, Geoffrey Hamlyn Lavicount

Service number 1012
Major
1st Light Horse Regiment
AIF WW1
Born 28 Oct 1881

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BUTLER, Joseph

Service number 104
Private
Born 11 Jun 1875

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