|Place made||South Africa|
|Date made||c 1899-1901|
South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
|Source credit to||This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.|
Ammunition waistcoat : Boer Commando
Ammunition waistcoat featuring thirty pockets for storing ammunition. Waistcoat is made from a mustard coloured, pinstriped cotton and features a large main body and two shoulder straps, which button back onto the opposing side of the main body at the rear.
Taken off a Boer Commando who was captured at Luckhoff, in the Orange Free State, on 5 march 1901. It was acquired by a Doctor J H Saunders, who was serving as a civilian surgeon with the Royal Army Medical Corps.
Waistcoats were very common among Boer Commandos, they provided extra warmth as well as extra storage. Some Boers fashioned waistcoats specifically for carrying extra ammunition.