Monday, December 16, 2013

Tracing Siege Ancestors

Ladysmith 1900 thronged with troops and wagons


The 50th anniversary of the Siege of Ladysmith 1950 with names of those who attended the celebrations, and more on Siege nurse Kate Champion.

Keiron Spires provides a searchable database of approximately 2 000 nurses who served during the Anglo-Boer War.
There is a linked blog at

Site owner Brian Kaighin, a specialist in Ladysmith history and genealogy, has compiled two databases, one recording details of residents of the town and the other for all known British personnel who died during the war. The latter includes information such as regiment, date, where they died, how and any relevant memorials. 
UPDATE Sept 2014: see Brian's new website

David Biggins' site packed with information, plus active forum: a must for all researching Anglo-Boer War ancestors.

Ladysmith Siege Museum: a visit to the museum in Murchison Street, Ladysmith is highly recommended for anyone with Siege ancestry. Built in 1884, the building was used as a ration post for civilians during the Siege.The museum holds a large collection of diaries, letters, books, photographs, maps, firearms and uniforms.

Ladysmith Siege Museum


Chisholm, R: Ladysmith (Osprey 1979)
Watkins-Pitchford, H: Besieged in Ladysmith (Shuter & Shooter 1964)
Diary of The Siege of Ladysmith, 7 vols (Ladysmith Historical Society)
Hall, D: The Hall Handbook of the Anglo Boer War 1899-1902 (UNP 1999)
Watt, S: In Memoriam; Roll of Honour of Imperial Forces in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 (UNP 2000)
Pakenham, T: The Boer War (Weidenfeld & Nicholson Ltd 1979

Ladysmith Town Hall today

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