The Boer War

The Boer War

The Boer War was fought from 11 October 1899 until 31 May 1902, between the British Empire and the two independent Boer republics of the Orange Free State and the South African Republic (Transvaal Republic). A number of men connected with Kiveton served during that war.

At the very end of the nineteenth century, British forces went to war against the Boers in South Africa. Several years of bitter fighting followed. A number of men connected with Kiveton served during that war. A proud portrait of a soldier who later moved to Kiveton sits above a mantelpiece on Wales Road.

Worthy Wigmore, who was later a winder at Kiveton Pit, served during both the Boer War and the First World War. These photos show him in a proud stance while in South Africa and a few years later with his family on Colliery Road. The medals shown here are those he was awarded with after serving in the Boer War and while serving in World War One.