South Africa, 1900-1902

The Second Boer War was fought between the British Empire and two independent Boer states, the South African Republic (Republic of Transvaal) and the Orange Free State, over the Empire’s influence in South Africa. The trigger of the war was the discovery of diamonds and gold in the Boer states. Initial Boer attacks were successful, and although British reinforcements later reversed these, the war continued for years with Boer guerrilla warfare, until harsh British counter-measures including a scorched earth policy brought the Boers to terms.

The Honour is borne on the Guidon of the 8th Hussars.


Discover more about the action behind each battle during the campaign in South Africa 1899-1902.