Angels of Mercy: Foreign Women in the Anglo-Boer War

Angels of Mercy: Foreign Women in the Anglo-Boer War

by Chris Schoeman

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Angels of Mercy: Foreign Women in the Anglo-Boer War by Chris Schoeman

After the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War, hundreds of women left their countries for South Africa, some in search of adventure, others with a strong desire to help the victims of war. They came from all over the world – from Britain and its colonies, and from pro-Boer countries in Europe. But, whatever their origins, they all came to live and work under harsh conditions in a world that was foreign to them. Angels of Mercy tells the story of twelve of these brave women. Hailing from England, the Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, some worked as nurses on the frontline, while others came to teach Boer children in the concentration camps. Based on personal diaries and letters and other wartime sources, this fascinating and inspiring book tells of their trials and tribulations as they dealt with the dangers of war, the extremes of the environment, and the sad eyes of the dying men under their care. Theirs are stories of compassion and courage.

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ISBN-13: 9781770225008
Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa
Publication date: 04/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 265
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Chris Schoeman was born in Somerset East and has master’s degrees in history from the University of Port Elizabeth and Colorado State University. He has worked as a historian and journalist, and has authored and co-authored several books. These include District Six: The Spirit of Kanala, as well as the autobiographies of Springbok legends Danie Gerber, Frik du Preez and Os du Randt. His recent books include Boer Boy: Memoirs of an Anglo-Boer War Youth and Brothers in Arms: Hollanders in the Anglo-Boer War.

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