A new book by Taffy and David Shearing, The Rebel Record, is a list of 15,433 Cape colonists who joined the Transvaal and Orange Free State forces as Cape Rebels in the South African War of 1899-1902. It is a book for military historians, genealogists and anybody interested in their family It forms the database of Taffy’s doctoral dissertation at the University of Stellenbosch, entitled The Cape Rebel of the South African War, 1899-1902 in 2004. It consists of three A4 volumes, 983 pages, and has a full list of sources for further research.
In his foreword to this work, Prof Albert Grundlingh of Stellenbosch University said, “Taffy and David Shearing have been exceptional in mining the rich history of the Cape rebels during the war. Theirs have in many ways been a labour of love for fifty years. What is remarkable is their utter devotion to the topic and unflagging attention to detail. These volumes bear testimony to their labours and will serve as the authoritative record of virtually every Cape rebel. It comes highly recommended.”
The list contains full names, addresses, and even voter and ward numbers where possible, in order to identify people who had the same family names. Surrendered rebels and those who were captured under arms were first divided into Class 1 (the leaders who were gaoled) and Class 2 (the followers who were disfranchised). It was in 1901 when Martial Law returned that 32 Cape Rebels were sentenced to death by Military Courts and executed for High Treason under arms, to the horror of their families, who thought the Cape Parliament was protecting them.
For the family historian searching for roots in the South African War, there are no hard and fast rules when searching for records. Many rebel prisoners-of-war gave false addresses, and it was only after many years that these were discovered and the corrections made. This is a must for South African genealogists and military historians.
The cost for the three volumes is R700 plus R70 postage and packing in South Africa (others please ask), and this may be paid by cheque made out to CAPE COMMANDO SERIES or by direct deposit into our bank account. PayPal is also available for overseas orders. Details are:
I'm looking for any information on my family that lived in Winterton, KZN. To be specific they lived in "Mayor's Walk" in later years after moving from their farm which was near the Spion Kop Dam - unconfirmed story handed down to me.
I know two names: Charles & Popsy Clark, but that's where the trail runs cold for me.