These two photographs give an idea of the types of trophies officers and men brought home with them.
The first shows Captain G.F. Whitmore, Volunteer Active Service Company, Suffolk Regiment, surrounded by his haul of souvenirs.
The second depicts a collection of Z.A.R. Staatsartillerie caps, badges, accoutrements and Mauser ammunition brought back to England by Drummer H.E.J. Packham, Westminster Dragoons.
There are several extant examples of Boer rifles carved by British men (rather than officers), so such trophies were certainly brought home by all classes of soldier. A good example is the Mauser carved by 4177 Shoeing-Smith J.T. Tucker, "C" Squadron, 18th Hussars (Dave George 2008, p. 251).