This series comprises nominal rolls of some of the units raised in South Africa during the Anglo-South African War 1899-1902. They give the names of the men, their ranks, the units they served with and, in many cases, the dates of enrolment and discharge. This transcription is taken from piece WO 127 at The National Archives in England.
By the time Britain went to war with the Boer Republic in October 1899, there were many former british soldiers, or men who had emigrated to South Africa in the years before, who were more allied to the British cause than they were to the Boer cause. Many of these men wanted to lend military support to the weight of the British Army, and a number of local units were formed which comprised local men. This so called 'nominal roll' survives at the National Archives as WO 127 and Findmypast now publishes a transcription of this. In most cases expect to find the following information:
Name of the man
Dates of service
Additionally, some records contain remarks about the man, next of kin and/or place of enlistment.
There are over 53,000 records on this collection, many of these giving terrific additional information about the soldier who signed up.
Dozens of local units were formed during the Boer War, many of the men joining these units having emigrated to South Africa for business reasons, and others too who had made South Africa their home after discharge from the British Army.
The amount of information recorded does vary according to the unit. For example, if your ancestor served with Bethune's Mounted Infantry you will probably also see the next of kin name, their relationship to him, and their address. Details concerning discharge or transfer are also usually noted.
On the other hand, if your ancestors served with the Rand Rifles, you will only see first name, last name, rank and regimental number. It's very much a mixed bag, but well worth investigating.