Sunday, November 3, 2013

Remembrance Day - Part 2: Boer War

Why study the Boer War:

1) first overseas conflict in which Canadians served
2) Canadians Sam Steel and John McCrae served (alongside Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Gandhi, Winston Churchill and others)
3) Canadian military reputation
4) Demonstrates the relationship between Britain and Canada and the continuing conflict between French and English Canada.  Both of these affect Canada in the century to follow.

Boer War:

Wikipedia overview

Breaker Morant

Canadian War Museum - Boer War

Attestation papers and other documents for a Canadian volunteer\

Spion Kop

Excerpts from John McCrae's letters & a good overview of the war and aftermath for Canada

Canada's ties to Britain or why Canadians volunteered for the Boer War

Biography of John McCrae - author of In Flanders Fields

Popular Christian hymn in Canada "When the Roll is Called Up Yonder" as Canadians became aware of the casualty toll in South Africa.  From this website:

Battle Lines: Last Boer War Veteran - video

Trailer for Breaker Morant 

How peace was finally achieved:

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