The Boers in Ceylon

A NOTE from Wikipedia:  “The Second Boer War (AfrikaansTweede Vryheidsoorloglit. ’Second Freedom War’, 11 October 1899–31 May 1902), also known as the Boer War, the Anglo–Boer War, or the South African War, was a conflict fought between the British Empire and the two Boer Republics (the South African Republic and the Orange Free State) over the Empire’s influence in Southern Africa from 1899 to 1902″ … with the collage below.




The British found it conveneient to place their captured Boer POWs in Ceylon. Thuppahi presents some bibliogrpahical refrences relating to this ‘story,’ while embellishing the lsiting with some striking photographs that resulted from the event.

The Boer POWs and Some Local Brits at cricket

…but….initially there was the journey up country by train









Boer POWs assembled for worship …. and an ‘overview’ of the camp … and its entrance gates  …while there was yet another campat Ragama near Colombo







…. while there was yet another camp at Ragama near Colombo

… a medley of scenes from the camps


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One response to “The Boers in Ceylon

  1. G. Kumanayake

    The Boer soldiers who were captured by the British were brought to Diyatalawa. There is a memorial with some of their names situated close to Fox Hill.

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