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Complete Boer War uniform at auction 3 weeks 5 days ago #93971

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Here is a link to the item on the C&T site: bid.candtauctions.co.uk/lot-details/inde...red%3D0%26key%3Dboer

There are several pictures.

This is the caption for the item which differs from the catalogue description:

2nd Battalion, F Company, Harrismith, South Africa. 2nd Mounted Intantry Battalion, 1910.

Dr David Biggins
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Complete Boer War uniform at auction 3 weeks 5 days ago #93978

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Thank you, David,

1910 makes much more sense. That would tally with the 1903 pattern bandolier and the transitional tunic (with longer skirt, but still retaining stand-up collar).

As IL points out the boots are much later. They are of the type I spent many hours spit-and-polishing when I was in the school cadet force in the 1970s. ABW regulation service boots did not have toe-caps. See below for the example brought home by 2420 Lance-Corporal Henry Pullin, 2nd Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment.

Pullen kept the boot because he was wearing it when he was shot in the foot at Klip Kraal (Paaredeberg). It retains the bullet hole, entering through the heel and exiting via the uppers.

I have written a piece about Pullen's boot, which can be found here:

Lance-Corporal Pullin's boot (or shot through the foot at Klip Kraal)



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