There are no Boer War survivors. Old age has achieved what the enemy could not. These men now live on through the stories, letters and diaries uncovered by the Great Search and reproduced here. Read how South Africa had two tough things going for them, the terrain and the flint-hard farmers, known as Boers.
The Victorian town of Inglewood had a strong community spirit in the late 1890s with mining and agriculture bringing great wealth to the region.
With this background, it was hardly surprising that when a call came to develop its own defence system in the form of a militia, there was great support for the plan. Members of the Inglewood Rifle Club were among the first to become members of the Inglewood F Company of the Victorian Rangers but it later expanded to include any skilled male from the district.
When the Boer War started in 1899, many young Australians made an instant decision to offer their services as soldiers, but actually getting into the various army units that were to head for South Africa wasn't as easy as you might expect.
Things were tough in Australia in the 1890s with little work available in the building trade, so Charles Alexander Haslett, faced with a number of debts, decided to leave his home in Sorrento, Victoria, and try his luck in South Africa, where he planned to make a fresh start.
Private Jack Kelly, from Tenterfield, NSW, was determined to take part in the Boer War. So keen was he to go that he defied his father's wishes and then "bought himself out" of his Artillery unit because it was not going to the war.
When two brothers, Colin John and George McVinish, migrated to Australia from Scotland in the late 1800s they had no idea they would be starting a chain of events that would lead to members of their family taking part in virtually every conflict involving Australian troops that followed.
Private Walter Pope served with the NSW Mounted Rifles during the Boer War, surviving many battles, but like many of his countrymen he caught dysentery, bronchitis and rheumatic fever before being repatriated.