South Africa, 1899−1902
This chapter deals with the Yeomanry’s involvement in the Second Boer War and the raising of three foreign service contingents amounting to nearly 35,000 men, then called the Imperial Yeomanry. This dramatic expansion and mobilisation was largely driven by temporary enlistment, but it did bring the historic institution to national attention. This chapter describes the organisation, social composition, motivations and operational performance of the force, and compares it on all counts to the home service force that acted as its parent. At the heart of this analysis is a database project that will map recruiting trends and provide answers for the occupational changes that took place over the course of the three contingents.