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POW records 1 month 4 days ago #85337

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Morning, can anyone tell me if there is a record anywhere of British prisoners of war and where they were held during the 2nd Boer War?
My great great grandfather was part of the 54th Company, 13th battalion of the Imperial Yeomanry, and from what I've read online, they were captured at Lindley in May 1900. He was discharged in July 1901 after his time expired so I know he made it home.

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POW records 1 month 4 days ago #85339

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Hello Magzofelle
Welcome to the forum , a link to this sites information on POW,S
www.angloboerwar.com/other-information/8...ial-prisoners-of-war
What was the name of your G G Grandfather? it may be possible to provide you with details of his time in S A with this information. Also the Times newspaper reported on British POWs

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Hi Dave, thanks for the reply and pointers! His name was Thomas Cairns, regimental number 11134. I will try and have a look through the newspapers!

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Hello Magzofelle

The 13 Battalion Imperial Yeomanry had a disastrous time in May 1900 at Lindley. There were many prisoners of war taken between the 28th and 31st of May 1900 by the Boers. These included the 45th, 46th,47th and your G G Grandfather's 54th company. I have had a look at the prisoners roll and casualty list for that time period and I couldn't find an entry for 11134 Private T Cairns.
Do you have any information that led you to believe he was captured?


I found his medal roll entitlement and unfortunately only one document pertaining to his claim for a pension regarding his Imperial Yeomanry service. There seems to be no attestation papers for Thomas Cairns.
I have attached the documents for your records.




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Hi Dave

Many thanks for looking into it for me. All info is greatly appreciated. I had assumed he was captured as I had read that the battalion had been after their surrender at Lindley. I'm unsure if that means all or most of the battalion, hence why I have been searching for POW records.

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