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Philip Samuel Owen, South Wales Borderers, papers (diary)
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General Physical Description note
Photocopy of original diary retained by the owner.

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Biographical/Historical note

Philip Samuel Owen served as a private soldier in the 2nd Active Voluntary Service Company of the South Wales Borderers during the Second Boer War.

At the time of volunteering he was living in the vicinity of Pontypool. The burial register for Garndiffaith St. John has an entry for a Philip Samuel Owen who may be the same person, who was born in 1873 and died in 1937. His residence at the time of his death was 32, The Avenue, Garndiffaith.

The South Wales Borderers, formerly the 24th Regiment of Foot and later the Regiment of the Royal Welsh, was active in the Second Boer War of 1899-1902. From 1873 its headquarters were in Brecon.

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Scope and Contents note

Diary of Philip Samuel Owen, 11th Feb. ? 1900- June 1901.

Chronicles service in Boer War, from volunteering and training in Brecon until end of service and departure for home.

The diary is dated 1900-1901. The entries themselves do not give the year.

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Publication Information

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Conditions Governing Access note

There are no restrictions on access.


Normal regulations apply.

Appraisal note

All records have been retained.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The following related records are held at Gwent Archives:

A certificate issued to a soldier from Blaenavon, on his return from the Second Boer War, 1901 (collection ref. MISCMSS2154);

Microfiche of Welsh Casualty list of South African War, 1899-1902.

Further records of the South Wales Borderers are held by the National Archives and by the South Wales Borderers Museum.

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