Boer War, York and

In 1899 the struggle between the English and Boer Republics over control of South Africa was considered a most fierce war because of the ‘hit and run’ tactics used by the Dutch settlers who were like guerrilla commandos against the cumbersome cavalry of the British army.  The war memorial in Duncombe Place, York, unveiled in August 1905, records the 1,490 York people who lost their lives, including two female nurses.

The death toll was a result of not just warfare but also disease. The single greatest loss for the Yorkshire regiments was during the time of the Blomfontein campaign when typhoid struck. After the war, many of the returning soldiers could not find employment when they returned, they were so poor.