Boer War archives containing photographs and memorabilia sold | History | News

The haunting images included pictures of slain Boers, a funeral of a British serviceman and a dog from the war which took place between 1899 and 1902.

The rare collection were part of a time capsule which also included hats, medals and gloves.

The memorabilia and photographs which belonged to war hero Robert Oliver were found in a time capsule in a house in Derbyshire.

Mr Oliver was awarded the Queens medal for South Africa after fighting in Cape Colony, the Orange Free State, the Transvaal and South Africa in 1901 and 1902.

The collection was sold for ten times its original guide price at Hansons Auctioneers in Etwall, Derbyshire, in their Militaria sale last week.

Auctioneer Charles Hanson said: “We had three phone bidders battling to secure this historical and unique collection and we were delighted to see this important piece of military history sell for such a high price.

“We had huge interest at both a national and an international level in this Derbyshire’s man wartime collection and thousands of people now know who Robert Oliver is.

“Items like this bring history back to life and shed light on the men who fought in distant wars.

“The collection was quite remarkable for several reasons.

“As well as a photo album of unpublished personal photos of the war, plus many loose Boer War images, it contained two pairs of original kid gloves, spurs, an ammunition bandolier, caps and hats, Queens and Kings South African medals, a glazed portrait of Robert Oliver, a powder flask, cap badges, an original South African feathered headdress, a cartridge belt and other items.

“It really was quite an archive. We know from the family that Robert Oliver was quite a rogue in his youth.

“At the age of 16, he ran away, ending up on a ship to Canada where he found work as a lumberjack.

“He later joined Staffordshire Police and our client’s memory of him was that he was funny but firm and strict.

“Later in life he became a landlord, owning the Devonshire pub in Hartington.

“The photographs, many never seen publicly before, comprised amazing images of a war which took a horrific number of lives.

“They included pictures of a Boer War dog, an observation balloon at Ladysmith and General Buller.

“There are also images of Boers and their homes, together with graphic images recording the harsh reality, and true horror, of war – something the Victorian press did not portray at the time, as the British Empire was deemed undefeatable.

“British went into the Boer War over confident and under…

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