Angels of Mercy: Foreign Women in the Anglo-Boer War

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After the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War, hundreds of women left their countries for South Africa, some in search of adventure, others with a strong desire to help the victims of war. They came from all over the world – from Britain and its colonies, and from pro-Boer countries in Europe. But, whatever their origins, they all came to live and work under harsh conditions in a world that was foreign to them.

Angels of Mercy tells the story of twelve of these brave women. Hailing from England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, some worked as nurses on the frontline, while others came to teach Boer children in the concentration camps. Based on personal diaries and letters, as well as other wartime sources, this fascinating and inspiring book tells of their trials and tribulations as they dealt with the dangers of war, the extremes of the environment, and the sad eyes of the dying men under their care. Theirs are stories of compassion and courage. Angels of Mercy fills a void in Anglo-Boer War literature, where the role of women has been neglected.

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CHRIS SCHOEMAN was born in Somerset East and has master’s degrees in history from the University of Port Elizabeth and Colorado State University. He has worked as a historian/conservationist and journalist and has authored and co-authored several books. These include District Six:The Spirit of Kanala and the bestselling autobiographies of Springbok legends Frik du Preez (2004) and Os du Randt (2006). His recent books include Boer Boy: Memoirs of an Anglo-Boer War Youth and Brothers in Arms: Hollanders in the Anglo-Boer War.

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