The Zuidafrikaanse Republiek en Oranje Vristaat Oorlogmedalje 1899-1902 (ABO) was the medal issued to all ranks of the Transvaal and Orange Free State who fought during the Boer War.  The regulations for the award of the ABO were published in the Government Gazette of the Union of South Africa number 2307 on 21 December 1920.  The application form for people to be awarded the ABO was called Form B.

'The medal which will be designated 'The South African Republic and Orange Free State War Medal' will be silver, circular, having the coat-of-arms of the South African Republic and the inscription 'Anglo-Boeroorlog 1899-1902' on one side, and the coat-of-arms of the Orange Free State and the inscription 'Anglo-Boeroorlog 1899-1902' on the other side, with the name and rank of recipient engraved on the edge of the medal'.

The ABO can still be issued subject to the demands for proof being met.  The last award was made in September 1975.

13,751 ABOs were issued.

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Form B
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Details of the group to D A Swart
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ABO named to D A Swart
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group to D A Swart
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ABO OBE group to Lt A W Collett
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Several Boers subsequently fought on the British side being awarded the QSA.  See the account of M S Thring.

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 Surname   Forename   Rank   Notes   Unit 
AckermanAbraham Michiel ChristianSers/MajAwarded the ABO. StaatsartillerieBoer Forces
AckermanH.J.ArtilleristAwarded the ABO. Comdt. SchoemanBoer Forces
AdankWillem HendrikBurgerAwarded the ABO. ArtillerieBoer Forces
AlbrechtFrederich Wilhelm RMajorBorn in Potsdam, Prussia in 1848. He joined the Artillery in 1867 and served in the Franco-Prussian war of 1870 as a sergeant in the Guards Field Artillery Regiment. He arrived in the Orange Free State in 1879. He joined the Vrystaatse Artilleriekorps as a Captain and used his own training to transform it into an efficient unit. As a Major, he served at Belmont, Graspan, Magersfontein and Klip Drift. He was captured at Paardeberg. He died in 1926. Boer Forces
AlbrechtsRichard Frederick WilhelmComandantAwarded the DTD & ABO. O.V.S. ArtillerieBoer Forces
AndrewsJohn BernardLieutenantAwarded the LVW & ABO. StaatsartillerieBoer Forces
AppelgrynAndries CorneliusKorporalAwarded the LVW & ABO. ArtillerieBoer Forces
ArnholdJohannes Stephanus JacobBurgerAwarded the ABO. StaatsartillerieBoer Forces
AvelingCornelius KlasieLieutenantAwarded the ABO. O.V.S. ArtillerieBoer Forces
BarclayGraham Patrick ClaremontArtilleristAwarded the ABO. LydenburgBoer Forces
BarnardStefanus HendrikBurgerAwarded the ABO. StaatsartillerieBoer Forces
BauermeisterJohannes Stephanus HendrikArtilleristAwarded the ABO. StaatsartillerieBoer Forces
BekkerMartinus JohannesArtilleristAwarded the ABO. POW St. Helena. Released 08/02/01 StaatsartillerieBoer Forces
BenadieThomas JohannesArtilleristAwarded the ABO. StaatsartillerieBoer Forces
BenderDavid FourieArtilleristAwarded the ABO. ArtillerieBoer Forces
BenderFrederick Hendrik JacobusArtilleristAwarded the ABO. Gen. P. JoubertBoer Forces
BenekeJacobus HendrikArtilleristAwarded the ABO. Tvl ArtillerieBoer Forces
BerryGeorge Edmund FerrieraBurgerAwarded the ABO. ArtillerieBoer Forces
BeyersChristiaan FrederikGeneralBorn in Stellenbosch in 1869, he moved to the Transvaal in 1888. He worked as an attorney in Boksburg and, when war broke out, he joined his local commando in Boksburg and was soon voted in as Assistant Field Cornet. After the fall of Pretoria, he was promoted to Assistant Commandant-General of the Waterberg and Zoutpansberg Commandos. He participated in the battle at Nooitgedacht with General de la Rey on 13 December 1900. He operated in the Magaliesberg area and harassed the British. He represented the Boers of the Waterberg in the Vereeniging Peace Conference from 15 May 1902, where he chaired the proceedings. Resuming his practice as an attorney in Pretoria after the war, Beyers became Speaker of the Transvaal Parliament under the Responsible Government. He was appointed Commandant-General of the newly founded Union Defence Force In 1912. In 1913, he visited Europe and met Kaiser Wilhelm II. On his return to South Africa, he clashed with General Louis Botha, whom he considered overly concerned with overseas commitments. He started negotiations with General De La Rey and others in opposition to the Government. At the outbreak of the Great War, he felt he had no choice but to resign. General Smuts accused him of treason. He was involved in the Rebellion and was drowned while crossing the Vaal River, pursued by Government troops. Boer Forces
BeytellArnoldus StepfanusKorporalAwarded the ABO. ArtillerieBoer Forces
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