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Boer War

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence at how many sites in South Africa are British service personnel who died during the Boer War thought to be buried; what estimate his Department has made of the cost of maintaining these burial sites; how much the British Government contributes towards the maintenance of these burial sites; and if he will make a statement. [113502]

There are over 350 separate sites containing the graves of British service personnel in South Africa, including isolated graves dug where soldiers fell. These sites contain approximately 20,000 individual graves.The Government currently contributes £15,000 per annum to the South African Heritage Resources Agency for the maintenance of British war graves.