The Boer War gave Winston Churchill the boost he needed to get his parliamentary career started, for which Britain and some other countries in the world should be grateful. This war also helped the political careers of Botha and Smuts(South Africa), and Gandhi (India). Were there other, perhaps less notable examples of successful politicians who took part in this war?
an excellent book on the boer war is 'An imperial war and the British working class'. Richard Price does a deep analysis on working class reaction to the war and there is a chapter on the 1900 election with once again a deep analysis on voting, candidates and results. It seems the pro-boer candidates did not fare badly and indeed the governments majority was eighteen seats down compared to the result of the 1895 election. social reform and working conditions it seemed were more important to the working class than a rich man's war in a distant land. Proboer