Private Leonard Bowe's diary of the Boer War

Scope and Content

Handwritten diary of the Boer War, by Private Leonard Bowe, 1st Border Regiment, 1901 (with a later typescript transcript of the diary).

Administrative / Biographical History

Private Leonard Bowe (born in 1873) from Ambleside, Cumberland, served in the South African War in the 1st Border Regiment Active Service Company. He was recruited in January 1900 aged 26 when he was working as a labourer. It appears that he saw active service again, during the First World War, as part of the King's Regiment (Liverpool). He died in 1943.

Acquisition Information

Given to the Centre for Southern African Studies by his daughter, February 1977.

Note

Private Leonard Bowe (born in 1873) from Ambleside, Cumberland, served in the South African War in the 1st Border Regiment Active Service Company. He was recruited in January 1900 aged 26 when he was working as a labourer. It appears that he saw active service again, during the First World War, as part of the King's Regiment (Liverpool). He died in 1943.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

The original pocket diary is very fragile and without its covers. Support from the Conservation team is required before handling.

Conditions Governing Use

Conservation support is required before handling the original diary.

Bibliography

Hope Hay Hewison, Hedge of Wild Almonds: South Africa, the 'Pro-Boers' & the Quaker Conscience 1890-1910 (London: James Currey, 1989)

Additional Information

Published