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I have several young men and women who I cannot trace on the British 1901 census, despite numerous and extensive efforts. While there are a number of reasons why I might not be able to find them, one that I have not yet ruled out is that they were serving in the military abroad.

At the time of the 1901 census, the Second Boer War (1899-1902) was near its height.

How many (or what percentage of) British men and women were serving in the Boer War at the time of the 1901 census, and are therefore not enumerated on that census? Should I consider it likely that a missing woman on the 1901 census may have been a nurse or otherwise serving in the Boer War? Any additional demographic data (age, occupation, etc.) about those serving in the Boer War would be a bonus.

  • @JanMurphy linked in chat to some British Army List publications at archive.org. The 1901 edition is there. It might contain some helpful information regarding numbers and deployments for (approximately) the right date. Example from a randomly selected page: the Duke of Wellington's West Riding Regiment had the 1st Battalion in SA and the 2nd in Burma. – AndyW May 2 '17 at 14:11
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    Not an answer, but britisharmynurses.com/index.php/researching-army-nurses/… suggests that the number of British women nusring in the Boer wall was quite small; if you can't identify a person definitevily, I'd be doubtful it was a valid explanation. – user104 May 2 '17 at 15:37

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