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Boer Boy is the touching personal narrative of a ten-year-old farm boy's harrowing but fascinating experiences during the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. Charles du Preez recounts his life on his family's Eastern Free State farm; their harassment by the Khakis; the destruction of their farm and their desperate flight during Lord Kitchener's 'scorched-earth' campaign; and the capture of his mother and siblings, who were sent to the Winburg concentration camp.

He recalls the time hiding in the mountains with his father; their capture and voyage aboard the Aurania to India as prisoners of war; life in the intense heat of the POW camps of Umballa and Solon, where he was the youngest inmate; and their repatriation to South Africa, reuniting with the family and coming home to the ruins of their farm to start again.

Based on an account Du Preez wrote later in life as well as other oral and documentary sources, including a dairy kept by his mother during the war, this is a rich, poignant and valuable addition to the history of the Anglo-Boer War.

Hardcover, 222 pages.

Published March 2011