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This website was launched on February

This website was launched on February 10 2007.

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November 16, 2016. Casualties for Kheis 28-05-1900 updated and added, correcting Official Casualty Roll

October 16, 2016. KSA roll added for Border Scouts and Geoghegan's Scouts

October 8, 2016. Casualties updated and gazetteer entries created and updated for Dorstfontein and Houtkop

October 2, 2016. Added QSA & KSA roll for Nabha Lancers

August 10, 2016. Action at or near Frederikstad on 10-10-1900 corrected to show "near Welverdiend" and cross-referenced to "British Surrenders" WO108/372

August 9, 2016. Finished going through the Digest of Services for the Artillery searching for information on DCM winners, and updating casualties if other information is shown - nature of wound etc.

August 3, 2016. Action at 13-12-1899 at Zoutpans Drift tidied up, casualties had various locations; Ramah, Orange River and dates 13 and 14 December. Those killed were marked as "died of wounds".

April 21, 2016. For all VCs direct link provided to the London Gazette, all linked to a gazetteer location. Where a citation location is vague, The Register now provides an exact location.

April 5, 2016. For all DCMs direct link provided to the London Gazette. Many locations linked to a gazetteer location. Aim to provide more citations, reasons and locations for DCMs than currently available.

February 24, 2016. Officer biographies from The Last Post, Mildred Dooner, added. Read the blog.

February 16, 2016. Complete QSA roll for the 11th Hussars, including Remounts.Read the blog.

February 5, 2016. Complete QSA & KSA roll for the Royal Engineers.

December 4, 2015. Complete QSA roll for West India Regiment added - they served on St Helena guarding Boer prisoners.

Ongoing - we are working on a major update to the recipients of the Distingusihed Conduct Medal - names, medal entitlements, sources and of course adding details of why the DCM was awarded if we can find it. This will be the best source of DCM information yet compiled.

November 30, 2015 Added in date rejoined and location for 69 battery RFA priosner's of war after the epic action at Blood River Poort.

October 5, 2015 Revised casualties for Imperial Light Infantry at Spion Kop. New memorials and other information updated.


September 7, 2015 Revised casualty locations for the Queen's (Royal West Surrey) Regiment during the relief of Ladysmith. They were base camps like Spearman's or Venter's Spruit, or just Ladysmith. They have been updated to the actual locations they fought - Bastion Hill, Vaal Krantz and so on.

August 16, 2015 Revised the gazetteer entry for Kromspruit(2) - the action on January 3, 1901 involving the Commander-in-Chief's Bodyguard. Recorded in the official casualty rolls as "nr Reitz", in British histories as Kromspruit, following Lourens & Watt (SAMHJ 2008) now Fredericksdale the famr next to Krmspruit(2). All casualties have been updated to reflect this.

July 25, 2015 Complete list of Q battery RHA men who served at the famous VC action of Sanna's Post/Koornspruit 31-03-1900.

June 14, 2015 All recipients of the Distinguished Conduct Medal loaded

May 30, 2015 Casualties for VC action at Zilikat's Nek correctly assigned from Reitfontein. Action nr Wilge River (11-03-1901) written up in gazetteer and casualties correctly assigned.

May 10 2015 QSA roll for Royal Navy, Royal Marine Light Infantry, Royal Marine Artillery, Royal Indian Marine and miscellaneous naval personnel

March 27, 2014 QSA roll for the East Yorkshire Regiment added, clasp entitlement to be added.

February 15, 2014 QSA roll for 4th bn and volunteer service company Somerset Light Infantry added, clasp entitlement to be added.

February 4, 2014 Added previously unrecorded casualties for the first action of the war at Kraaipan 11th October, 1899.

January 5, 2014 Complete QSA roll for 2nd battalion Norfolk Regiment added, clasp entitlement to be added.

November 11, 2013 Complete QSA roll for Civil Army Telegraph. Defence of Mafeking clasps for British South Africa Police, C battery Canadian Field Artillery.Added names from memorials in Wigan Drill Hall (disappeared), Hindley and Standish

October 1, 2013 Complete QSA roll for Port Nolloth Town Guard, Steam Road Transport RE, Balloon Section RE.

September 20, 2013 Complete QSA roll for Springbokfontein Town Guard.

September 20, 2013 Complete QSA roll for Concordia and Namaqualand Town Guards. Added to casualties for the surrender of Concordia.

September 16, 2013 Updated and added to casualties for the operations around O'Okiep (including the siege) March-May 1902

September 13, 2013 Complete KSA roll for Imperial Hospital Corps, Imperial Irregular Corps Depot, Imperial Light Infantry

September 11, 2013 Complete KSA roll for Gorringe's Flying Column, Herbert Mounted Rifles, Herschel Native Police

September 9, 2013 Complete QSA roll for Fingo Levies

September 6, 2013 Complete KSA roll for Frontier Light Horse

September 5, 2013 Complete KSA roll for Clanwilliam Convoy Guard, Corps Of Cattle Rangers, Dennison's Scouts, Dordrecht District Volunteer Guard, Eastern Province Horse, East Griqualand Field Force, East Griqualand Mounted Rifles, East Griqualand Mounted Volunteers, Farmers Guard, French's Scouts.

September 2, 2013 Complete KSA roll for Bechuanaland Rifles, Bechuanaland Protectorate Native Police, Basutoland Police, Bushmanland Borderers, Cape Colonial Ordnance Department and Geoghegan's Scouts.

September 1, 2013 Complete KSA roll for Ashburner's Light Horse.

August 21, 2013 Complete KSA roll for 4th Hussars.

August 8, 2013 Complete KSA roll for 3rd and 13th Hussars. Casualty and Honours and Awards updated for the Royal Scots from the regimental history.

July 28, 2013 Complete QSA roll for City Imperial Volunteers (CIV) added

June 24, 2013 Casualties for Seaforth Highlanders enhanced using the regimental history

March 25, 2013 14th battery RFA - casualties for the battle of Colenso, 15th December 1899, corrected and and medal entitlement added

February 20, 2013 QSA entitlement for Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps - Ceylon Volunteer company of the Gloucestershire Rgt added.

February 18, 2013 The Official Casualty Rolls confuses the separate but related actions on 7 June 1900 at Rhenoster Camp and Roodewal. As far as is possible the location has been corrected for many of the casualties.

February 3, 2013 QSA and KSA entitlement added for Natal Field Artillery. QSA entitlement added for Natal Volunteer Hotchkiss Gun Detachment.

January 25, 2013 The Official Casualty Roll entry for "Trenanfontein" has been identified as Treurfontein and added to the gazetteer.

November 20, 2012 Wepener clasp entitlement for 1st Brabant's Horse added. All Wepener clasps for the units that took part in the defence have now been entered into The Register.

November 14, 2012 Added my bibliography

November 9, 2012 Wepener clasp entitlement for 2nd Brabant's Horse added. Complete QSA medal roll for Maritzburg Ambulance Corps added.

October 25, 2012 Updated gazetteer entry for Uitspanfontein 05-02-1902 and added in casualties not recorded in official casualty records.

October 9, 2012 A major update: 300 QSA clasp entitlements for the Kimberley (Light) Horse, most of these men served in other units which are recorded here. Talana clasp entitlements for the Leicestershire Regiment (899) and King's Royal Rifle Corps (792) and 720 new records for the Leicestershire Regiment and 526 for the King's Royal Rifle Corps.

September 22, 2012 Complete QSA roll for Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) added.

July 3, 2012 Lots of updates and a new gazetteer entry for Mabola added.

May 25, 2012 Complete KSA roll for 12th Lancers added.

May 20, 2012 Complete KSA roll for 11th Hussars added.

May 11, 2012 Complete KSA roll for 10th Hussars added.

May 2, 2012 Complete KSA roll for 9th Lancers added.

April 28, 2012 Casualty locations from Official Casualty Rolls corrected for Gloucestershire Rgt 30-10-1899 and Connaught Rangers 23-02-1900.

March 18, 2012 Completed QSA roll for 1st bn Royal Irish Fusiliers - this includes the important Talana clasp.

February 26, 2012 2,700 names added for Royal Irish Fusiliers from the QSA roll.

February 12, 2012 Names of West Australian Contingent fatalities from King's Park memorial Perth, Western Australia.

January 17, 2012 Complete QSA roll added for Rundle's Scouts

January 7, 2012 130 records for the Kimberley Light Horse with QSA clasp entitlement added and clasp entitlement added to over 400 Kimberley Light Horse records.

January 1, 2012 QSA roll and clasp entitlement for Irish Guards loaded.

November 15, 2011 A busy summer with the usual updates and improvements to existing records, corrected a major error in the Official Casualty Rolls to casualties of Sanna's Pos/Koornspruit.

July 12, 2011 All Wepener clasp (siege of Wepener) entitlements for Kaffrarian Rifles along with the usual updates and improvements to existing records.

April 24, 2011 All Wepener clasp (siege of Wepener) entitlements for Driscoll's Scouts along with the usual updates and improvements to existing records.

February 10, 2011 All Wepener clasp (siege of Wepener) entitlements for the Cape Mounted Rifles, Royal Scots and Royal Engineers entered along with the usual updates and improvements to existing records.

February 6, 2011 The Register is 4 years old! 200 new records for the Cape Mounted Rifles with the usual updates and improvements to existing records.

January 16, 2011 190 new records for the Cape Mounted Rifles and Royal Dublin Fusiliers with the usual updates and improvements to existing records.

January 4, 2011 181 new records with many updates and improvements to existing records.

December 4, 2010 Tidying up many casualty records from the Official Casualty Rolls to accurately record place, cause and date of casualty.

November 19, 2010 500 records added for the Commander-in-Chief's Bodyguard and Rand Rifles.

November 1, 2010 200 records added for the Prince of Wales's Light Horse in addition to the regular updates and improvements to existing records.

Autumn 2010 The Register became available through FindmyPast. At the recent Who Do You Think You Are show in London The Register figured in a round up of FindmyPast's recent releases. You can hear the interview - skip to 5 minutes 52 seconds to hear about The Register.

October 28, 2010 260 records added for Steinaecker's Horse, Gorringe's Flying Column in addition to the regular updates and improvements to existing records.

October 17, 2010 250 records added for the Namaqualand Border Scouts, QSA roll and entitlements for Stockenstroom District Mounted Troops, KSA roll and entitlements for the 3rd Dragoon Guards in additions to the regular updates and improvements to existing records.

September 26, 2010 120 records added for Border Horse in additions to the regular updates and improvements to existing records.

September 17, 2010 225 records added for Natal Volunteer Ambulance Corps in additions to the regular updates and improvements to existing records.

September 12, 2010 175 records added for Ladysmith Town Guard, Lidgetton, New Hanover, Malton and Melmoth Rifle Associations. On-going updates from IY, Scottish Horse and Lovat's Scouts KSA rolls with many other additions and improvements to existing records.

August 12, 2010 Another 100 records added with many additions and improvements to existing records.

August 27, 2010 Another 200 records added with many additions and improvements to existing records.

July 4, 2010 Another 100 records added with many additions and improvements to existing records.

June 23, 2010 21,700 records loaded for South African colonial units. Also many general updates including more from the Imperial Yeomanry KSA roll

March 21, 2010 Complete QSA roll with clasp entitlement for 29th Tsomo Mounted Rfile Club. Improvements and additions to many records since January update.

January 2, 2010 Complete QSA roll with clasp entitlement for the Bechuanaland Rifles, Victoria West Mounted Scouts and Victoria West Mounted Police

December 29, 2009 Complete QSA roll with clasp entitlement for the Lanark and Hampshire Royal Engineers (Volunteers)

December 28, 2009 Complete QSA roll with clasp entitlement for the Devon and Somerset, Durham and Gloucester Royal Engineers (Volunteers)

December 23, 2009 Mouse hover tags updated on Search results screen

November 10, 2009 1000 new records added from a variety of sources

October 4, 2009 600 new records added and general updates, including KSA roll for IY.

September 30, 2009 General updates especially Mention in Despatch details that were not published in the London Gazette.

September 24, 2009 General updates especially Mention in Despatch details that were not published in the London Gazette.

September 2, 2009 General updates especially Mention in Despatch details that were not published in the London Gazette.

August 23, 2009 65 new records added. 4th VB East Surrey Rgt added and including updates for Honours & Awards.

August 14, 2009 500 new records added - including updates for Honours & Awards. Work continuing on KSA roll for IY.

August 5, 2009 100 new records added. Work continuing on KSA roll for IY and WO97 Enlistment Papers and Honours & Awards.

July 28, 2009 75 new records added for Natal Transport. QSA clasp entitlement added for A Battery RHA.

July 7, 2009 500 new records added from a variety of sources including WO97 Enlistment Papers and Honours & Awards. Continuing KSA roll for IY and general updates.

June 28, 2009 425 new records added from a variety of sources including WO97 Enlistment Papers and Honours & Awards. Continuing KSA roll for IY and general updates.

June 19, 2009 Updating DCM winners, KSA roll for IY, biographies and other general information.

June 1, 2009 900 new records added. Complete QSA roll for the 3rd Hussars and 18th Hussars with clasp entitlement loaded. The British Cavalry QSA roll is complete. We have also been adding updates to biographies, first names and other useful data for may other personnel.

May 8, 2009 3900 new records added. Complete QSA roll for the 2nd Dragoons, 5th Dragoon Guards, 5th Lancers, 8th Hussars and 19th Hussars with clasp entitlement loaded. Just the 3rd Hussars and 18th Hussars to go and the British Cavalry will be complete.

April 23, 2009 2900 new records added. Complete QSA roll for the 1st Dragoons, 6th Dragoon Guards and 7th Dragoon Guards with clasp entitlement loaded.

April 21, 2009 1800 new records added. Complete QSA roll for the 1st (King's) Dragoon Guards, 2nd Dragoon Guards and 3rd Dragoon Guards with clasp entitlement loaded.

April 17, 2009 1800 new records added. Complete QSA roll for the 17th Lancers with clasp entitlement loaded. Updated WO97 Enlistment Papers.

April 14, 2009 800 new records added. Complete QSA roll for the 6th Dragoons with clasp entitlement loaded. I have begun adding in the KSA entitlement for the Imperial Yeomanry.

April 11, 2009 Complete QSA roll for the 16th Lancers with clasp entitlement loaded.

April 4, 2009 Complete QSA roll for the 9th Lancers with clasp entitlement loaded. Updated WO97 Enlistment Papers.

March 12, 2009 2,400 new records added. Complete QSA roll for the 1st Life Guards and 2nd Life Guards with clasp entitlement loaded.

February 28, 2009 2,500 new records added. Complete QSA roll for the 7th Hussars, 10th Hussars, 11th Hussars and 13th Hussars with clasp entitlement loaded.

January 11, 2009 4,200 new records added. Complete QSA roll for the 12th Lancers, Scottish Horse and Lovats Scouts with clasp entitlement loaded.

December 28, 2008 230 new records added. Complete QSA roll for the Border Mounted Rifles with clasp entitlement loaded.

December 22, 2008 200 new records added. New casualty indicator of 'X' added to show casualty records with improved/added information to that in the Official Casualty Rolls. There are 15,930 improved casualty records.

December 17, 2008 3000 new records added for the Imperial Yeomanry with clasp entitlement and 100 new records with WO97 service papers.

December 6, 2008 1800 new records added for the Imperial Yeomanry with clasp entitlement and 100 new records with WO97 service papers.

November 26, 2008 1100 new records added for the Imperial Yeomanry with clasp entitlement.

November 19, 2008 1200 new records added for the Imperial Yeomanry with clasp entitlement.

November 15, 2008 300 new records added for the Imperial Yeomanry with clasp entitlement.

November 9, 2008 1900 new records added for the Imperial Yeomanry with clasp entitlement. Clasp entitlement for the Rhodesian Regiment complete.

October 28, 2008 2900 new records added for the Imperial Yeomanry with clasp entitlement and complete QSA roll with clasp entitlement for Struben's Scouts and Standerton Mounted Police.

October 17, 2008 400 new records added for the Imperial Yeomanry with clasp entitlement. Clasp entitlement for the Rhodesian Regiment continues A & B squadrons complete.

October 4, 2008 1,000 new records for the Imperial Yeomanry with clasp entitlement. Clasp entitlement for the Rhodesian Regiment begun.

September 28, 2008 1,000 new records for the Imperial Yeomanry with clasp entitlement.

September 21, 2008 1,000 new records for the Imperial Yeomanry with clasp entitlement. The complete QSA roll for the Southern Rhodesian Volunteers with clasp entitlement is loaded.

September 20, 2008 Clasp abbreviations used in the medal entitlements explained; The Medals

September 11, 2008 1,900 new records added for the Imperial Yeomanry and Southern Rhodesian Volunteers.

September 6, 2008 Over 600 new records added. Work continues to add medal entitlement to the Imperial Yeomanry records.

August 29, 2008 Records where the first name(s) is known is indicated on the Results List with an asterisk against the initials. Over 40,000 records have a first name.

August 27, 2008 Over 5,000 new records added. The vast majority are for the Imperial Yeomanry and show medal entitlement.

August 11, 2008 New South African Researcher, Brian Kaighin, added. Links page updated.

August 3, 2008 - Guide on Researching your ancestor in the Anglo-Boer War published. Major release of Medal Entitlements for the Imperial Yeomanry, Lovat Scouts and Scottish Horse.

June 27, 2008 - 3,500 new records added for the Lancashire Fusiliers, this includes the complete QSA & KSA medal roll and clasp entitlement.

June 22, 2008 - 10,500 new records added for the Gordon Highlanders, Middlesex and Loyal North Lancashire Regiments and various other units.

May 5, 2008 - 500 new records added. All the names from the KSA roll for the Johannesburg Mounted Rifles have been entered.

April 20, 2008 - 600 new records added. All the names from the QSA roll for the Natal Royal Rifles have been entered. Updated WO97 Enlistment Papers.

April 13, 2008 - 400 new records added.

March 19, 2008 - 250 new records added.

March 9, 2008 - 250 new records added. All the names from the QSA and KSA rolls for the Umvoti Mounted Rifles have been entered.

March 3, 2008 - 750 new records added. Have begun to extract data from The Times Digital Archive, this adds first names, gives details of wounds, specifies cause of death usually noted in the Official Casualty Rolls as 'disease' and also notes soldiers in hospital who survived their illnesses.

February 24, 2008 - 350 new records added. All the names from the QSA roll for the Van Alen Field Hospital have been entered.

February 17, 2008 - 500 new records added. All the names from the QSA roll for the Rhodesian Regiment have been entered. This has enabled an updating of the casualty roll by adding missing squadron designations, initials and correcting errors in the Official Casualty Rolls.

January 13, 2008 - 250 new records added

January 10, 2008 - 150 new records added

December 27, 2007 - 700 new records added

December 26, 2007 - 1,000 new records added

December 12, 2007 - 1,000 new records added

November 29, 2007 - 500 new records added

November 22, 2007 - 6,600 new records added

November 9, 2007 - 26 new Biographies loaded

November 4, 2007 - Yikes! Two months since the last "What's New" entry. In the last 8 weeks there have been a number of updates - removing duplicates, improving information and updating WO97 Enlistment Papers. A batch of new records is currently being prepared.

September 2, 2007 - 8,000 new records added

August 31, 2007 - Successes page updated

August 8, 2007 - Successes page updated

July 21, 2007 - 6,000 new records added

June 25, 2007 - 500 new records added

May 31, 2007 - 1,000 new records added

May 28, 2007 - 1,000 new records added

May 15, 2007 - started use of World War I records from Commonwealth War Graves Commission. If a participant died in World War I this is shown with 'CWGC' in the References field.

May 14, 2007 - 1,000 new records added

May 9, 2007 - page on South African researchers added

- new resource for The Register - WO97 Enlistment Papers

April 19, 2007 - 1,000 new records added

April 7, 2007 - 1,500 new records added

April 3, 2007 - 2,000 new records added. Proved a method using OCR to get the circa 100,000 names on a printed list into the database.

March 26, 2007 - 2,000 new records added

March 23, 2007 - 1,000 new records added

March 9, 2007 - 1,000 new records added

March 6, 2007 - over 3,000 new records added

Future developments include:

  • Transcribing another 100,000 names from Winifred Scott's Anglo-Boer War Index

  • Updating the Gazetteer

  • Adding to the Register from the medal rolls

  • Increasing the number of contemporary sources consulted

  • Developing a subscriber’s area giving greater access to The Register and the Gazetter with an enhanced search facility