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M/C P

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Royal Navy
« on: October 01, 2008, 02:42:01 AM »
Could anyone tell me what part the Royal Navy played in the BOER War i.e. troopships, provisioning etc, and were they considered to be a vital part of this war?
Just in broad terms would be very helpful to me.
The period is 1898-1903 (The crewman was stationed at Chatham Kent in the 1901 Census)
Thank you
Pat

Offline Robert Bonner

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Re: Royal Navy
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2008, 11:02:09 AM »
Troopships in the Anglo Boer War were invariably civilian ships manned by the merchant navy.  The Royal Navy carried out a certain amount of blockade work preventing German ships from bringing in supplies for the Boers.

However the Royal Navy played a very important and active role on the battlefield in the shape of the Naval Brigade, manning  converted 4.7 inch naval guns and similar pieces in support of the infantry and cavalry.
Robert

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Re: Royal Navy
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2008, 04:14:17 AM »
Thank you so much Robert, that is very interesting to know, and really helps me.

Kindest regards,
Pat