HAGSOC Monthly Meeting; Nigel Webster: Australians in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 – Not a Gentlemen’s War
2 Apr 2013 8:00pm - 9:30pm
- Neighbourhood Hall, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton St, Cook, ACT 2614
- Australian Capital Territory
- Cost: Free - visitors welcome
Nigel Webster: Australians in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 – Not a Gentlemen’s War
At the monthly meeting of The Heraldry & Genealogy Society of Canberra (HAGSOC) on Tuesday 2 April 2013 at 8pm at the Neighbourhood Hall, Cook Community Hub, 41 Templeton Street Cook ACT 2614 (6251 7004) our guest speaker will be Nigel Webster. Nigel’s topic will be: Australians in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 – Not a Gentlemen’s War.
Nigel Webster is the Chairperson of the ACT Committee of the National Boer War Memorial Association and a member of the Anglo-Boer War Study Group of Australia. His interest in the Anglo-Boer War started many years ago during time spent in South Africa and Zimbabwe and through family connections to the First and Second Anglo-Boer Wars.
Nigel was last in South Africa in October 2012 walking battlefields such as Koster River, Wilmansrust and Langverwacht which revised his assessment of the evolution of Boer minor tactics. He is currently preparing a paper on this subject for the Anglo-Boer War Study Group of Australia. He is also the Vice President of the Military Historical Society of Australia. While in South Africa he was guided through the Zoutpansberg in the Limpopo province where Harry Harbord (Breaker) Morant operated by South Africa’s leading expert, Charles Leach which was a sobering and insightful experience.
Nigel is a serving member of Royal Australian Infantry Corps and is a keen horseman who has instructed on a mounted infantry course and taken part in mounted patrols with Norforce in the Northern Territory.
Nigel will speak on “Australians in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 – Not a Gentlemen’s War” and will focus on what was one of the first modern wars. It is worth remembering that the Boer War was very unlike the Australian experience of the two world wars, but very much like the experience of counter insurgency warfare in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. At the time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle believed that 'amid the scattered nationals who came from the same home there is not one with a more fiery courage and a higher sense of martial duty than the men from the great island continent'.
Australians won six VC’s, 65 D.S.O.’s and 66 D.C.M’s. Like all wars we should remember the good and also the bad of Australia’s part in the fighting; the bravery and the bastardry; the pain and loneliness and uncertainty that soldiers and their families went through; the heated arguments in Australia about whether the war was right or not; and above all that humble doing of duty on the battlefield that is so easily forgotten.
There is no charge for attending the monthly meeting and visitors are welcome.
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