Boer War records show 86 soldiers were killed by lightning

Published on June 28th, 2010 | by Admin


Records from the Second Boer War, recently put online, show that 86 British soldiers were killed by lightning.

On one occasion two soldiers were killed within moments of each other, when lightening struck their base in the appropriately-named Stormberg in an area known as the Cape Midlands.

They are included in a collection detailing 55,000 British and colonial soldiers who were killed, wounded, captured or died of disease during the conflict, which lasted from 1899 to 1902.

Of those, more than 22,000 died. Despite the risk posed by the Boer troops in the battle for land and gold in the disputed colonies, the most common cause of death was disease, with dysentery, typhoid fever and intestinal infections accounting for some 12,000 deaths.
One unlucky soldier met a more savage end: he was eaten by a crocodile in the Usutu River in what is now Swaziland.

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