Ammunition waistcoat : Boer Commando

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Accession Number RELAWM06167
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton
Maker Unknown
Place made South Africa
Date made c 1899-1901
Conflict South Africa, 1899-1902 (Boer War)
Period 1900-1909
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.
Description

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.

History / Summary

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.