Sunday service set to largely forgotten brave Boer War soldiers

PAY YOUR RESPECTS: Author and avid historian Helen Haynes is encouraging Orange and district residents to come out and honour those lost in the Boer War at Sunday’s ceremony in Robertson Park. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0527sgboer4

PAY YOUR RESPECTS: Author and avid historian Helen Haynes is encouraging Orange and district residents to come out and honour those lost in the Boer War at Sunday’s ceremony in Robertson Park. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0527sgboer4

A SERVICE to commemorate the end of the Boer War in South Africa on May 29, 1902, will be held in Robertson Park on Sunday.

Avid historian and Boer War author Helen Haynes said between 1899 and 1902 more than 1000 Australians, including four men from Orange, were killed in South Africa fighting in the war.

Each year, on the Sunday closest to the date when the peace treaty was signed on May 31, 1902, a special memorial is held.

“We’d love to have as many descendants and relatives of these brave people come to Sunday’s memorial,” she said.

“We’re not just talking about the men that served, there were lots of nurses and women that were part of the war and all those relatives or anyone who would like to pay there resects is encouraged to come.”

The service will start at 10.30am alongside the Boer War Memorials in Robertson Park and will be conducted by Orange councillor Reg Kidd and members of the Orange RSL sub branch.

This week there is also a special exhibition on display at the Orange City Library.

“Warren Willis’ exhibition will feature all kinds of war memorabilia, poppies, photographs, news clippings and much more,” Mrs Haynes said.

In the lead up to Sunday’s commemoration, Mrs Haynes will feature three articles about the Boer War in the Central Western Daily on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

These articles focus on war memorials, Orange soldiers who died in the Boer War and war horses.

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