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Sergeant Arthur Jones of the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, was extra-regimentally employed during the South African War to the Atlantic island of St. Helena to guard Boer Prisoners of War.
These photographs are from an album he owned.


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The Island of St. Helena and Boer War Prisoners page ten

During the South African 'Boer War' 1899-1902 the Atlantic Island of St. Helena was used as a Prisoner of War camp.  Over five thousand Boer POWs were held on the island, camped on 'Deadwood Plain' and 'Broad Bottom'.  The first 514 POWs landed at St. Helena from the 'SS Milwaukee' on 14th April 1900, including General and Mrs Cronje and his military staff.  The General and his wife were accommodated in 'Kent Cottage'.  Further POWs arrived, 394 on board 'Lake Erie' in April 1900, 1099 on board 'Bavarian' on 1st May 1900, and the last ship was the 'Mongolian' which arrived with 649 Prisoners of War on 3rd February 1901.

More arrived in 1902 with 1050 on board the 'Orient' and others on board the 'Britannia'.  Peace came in June 1902 and this was followed with the return of the POWs, the first of which on board the 'Canada' on 26th June 1902.

Sergeant Arthur Jones, number 4507, of the 2nd Battalion, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, was 'extra-regimentally employed' to St. Helena between 20th February 1901 and 3rd November 1902.  He obtained this album of photographs which includes over one hundred images.


St. Helena.
Accession Number KO1466/10-091


Plantation House, the Governor's Residence, St. Helena.
Accession Number KO1466/10-092


St. Helena.
Accession Number KO1466/10-093


St. Helena.
Accession Number KO1466/10-094


Prisoner of War Camp, St. Helena.

Selective enlargement of the above photograph.
Accession Number KO1466/10-095


Two British soldiers, St. Helena.
Accession Number KO1466/10-096


Two British soldiers and their dogs, St. Helena.
Accession Number KO1466/10-097


Jacobs Ladder, up Ladder Hill, Jamestown, St. Helena.
Accession Number KO1466/10-098


Cannon and fortified wall, Jamestown, St. Helena.
Accession Number KO1466/10-099


Group of Boer Prisoners '18 Different Nationalities in Deadwood Camp, St. Helena.'
Accession Number KO1466/10-100


Boer Prisoners in Jamestown, St. Helena.
Accession Number KO1466/10-101


Boer General Piet Cronje is on the right.
Accession Number KO1466/10-102


Boer prisoners probably at Deadwood Camp, St. Helena.
Accession Number KO1466/10-103


Deadwood Prisoner of War Camp can be seen in the distance, St. Helena.
Accession Number KO1466/10-104


'Lappies Dorp' Broad Bottom Kamp, St. Helena, 14th August 1901.  'Dorp' means village.

Selective enlargement of the above photograph.
Accession Number KO1466/10-105

St. Helena and Boer War Prisoners page one
St. Helena and Boer War Prisoners page two
St. Helena and Boer War Prisoners page three
St. Helena and Boer War Prisoners page four
St. Helena and Boer War Prisoners page five
St. Helena and Boer War Prisoners page six
St. Helena and Boer War Prisoners page seven
St. Helena and Boer War Prisoners page eight
St. Helena and Boer War Prisoners page nine
St. Helena and Boer War Prisoners page ten

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