The Anglo-Boer War Memorials Project was begun in March 1988 by its present co-ordinators, Meurig Jones and Tony McCabe. The Project has three main aims :
1. Record, catalogue and photograph all Anglo-Boer War memorials in the world.
2. Build a list of all those named on the memorials.
3. Encourage the preservation and study of Anglo-Boer War memorials.
There are three main reasons for this project :
1. No comprehensive up-to date catalogue of Anglo-Boer War memorials exists. In 1911 Colonel Sir James Gildea published a catalogue of Anglo-Boer War memorials around the world.
2. Some memorials, especially those outdoors, have been lost or are badly damaged due to weathering, vandalism and enemy action. Details of these memorials urgently need to be recorded.
3. Memorials provide a wealth of information for historians, sociologists and genealogists. The data being compiled will provide a valuable new resource for their research.
All the information collected is entered onto a computer database, allowing the maximum flexibility in retrieval and analysis. Since the Project's inception over 1100 memorials have been recorded, mostly in the UK but including, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Eire, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. More than 17800 names have been entered and cross referenced with the official casualty rolls. Over 200 Imperial and Colonial, regular and volunteer units are represented. Some memorials name those who served and returned safely, this information has never been collected before.
The Project undertook a special commission for Hampshire County Council recording all the memorials in the county. Over 90 memorials have been recorded, an increase of 300% on the total identified by Gildea in 1911.
Much of the work of the Project is done by volunteers. Information is shared with the Imperial War Museum's National Inventory of War Memorials which is recording memorials in the UK to all wars.