There were two Anglo-Boer wars fought between the United Kingdom and the Transvaal Republic and the Orange Free State. The first was fought between December 1880 and March 1881; the second, in which both the Devonshire Regiment and the Dorsetshire Regiment were involved, broke out on 11th October 1899 and ended on 31st May 1901.
The origins of the Boer Wars were complicated and part of the ‘Scramble for Africa’ by many European nations keen to acquire natural resources. Conflict between the Dutch settlers (Boers) and the British Territories led to war for the for the following reasons:
The Second Boer War was possible the first guerrilla war of modern times.
Read about some of th men who served with our Regiments in this war:
Captain Claude Alexander Lafone DSO, 2nd Battalion Devonshire Regiment in the Boer War
Lieutenant James Masterson VC, 1st Battalion Devonshire Regiment in the Boer War