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Ancestry.com. Canada, South African War Land Grants, 1908-1910 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
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Department of Veterans Affairs. Soldiers of the South African War, Land Grant Applications. Record Group 38 (vols. 117-136). Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.

About Canada, South African War Land Grants, 1908-1910

During the South African War (or Boer War) of 1899–1902, for the first time, Canada sent troops to fight in a war overseas. About 7,300 Canadian troops and 12 nurses served in South Africa. Veterans of the war were became eligible for 320 acres of Dominion Land (or a payment of $160 in scrip) under the 1908 Volunteer Bounty Act. This database contains applications for these bounty land grants. Applications typically include the following details:

  • name
  • gender
  • service start date, location
  • residence
  • death date
  • place of death
  • age at death
  • birth date
  • birth place
  • regiment

The applications are two pages long, so be sure to page forward to see the entire record.

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