Sunday, September 30, 2012

Boer War Nurses

K.M. Champion
This cabinet print taken by Duffus Bros, Johannesburg, in the late 1890s, shows Kate Champion, a trained nurse who was to serve, a few years after this photograph was taken, during the Siege of Ladysmith.

Descended from the Hillary family of Hampshire, who emigrated to South Africa in the 1850s, Kate was born to Charles and Emma Champion ca 1870 and grew up in the Free State.

She survived the rigours of the Siege and was able to be in Ladysmith for the 1950 anniversary celebrations.

If your ancestor was a nurse during the Anglo-Boer War, visit Keiron Spires' fascinating and useful site at

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