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The Boer War Experience: The Imperial Yeomanry Hospital A Palace In The Desert

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In 1899 the British War Office called for volunteers for active service in South Africa. Medical staffs were also urgently needed so it is hardly surprising that Jack Christopherson, thirty-two and unmarried, signed up. The 'scramble for Africa,' as it was known, had been in process since the 1870s, with Britain, France, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, and later Germany, all trying to grab a piece of the pie. The Boer War, often referred to as the South African war, was about greed. Christopherson is listed in The Times as leaving South Africa on 31 October, 1900 on The Scot bound for Southampton. His contract, unless terminated early and nothing has surfaced that would suggest this, was therefore for about nine months.

Keywords: Boer War; Dr. J.B. Christopherson; Imperial Yeomanry Hospital; South Africa

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