The RA was active throughout the Boer War. The total strength of the Royal Artillery during the Boer War was 20,590:

RHA - 10 Batteries

RFA - 25 Batteries including 6 Howitzer Batteries

RGA - 2 Mountain Batteries and 15 companies

Pompom section

Ammunition Columns

Artillery depots

Militia Artillery (4 companies)

Volunteer Artillery: City Imperial Volunteer Battery; Elswick Battery

A testament to their involvement comes from the 8 VCs they received:

Colenso :

Captain Reed, Captain Schofield, Corporal Nurse

Sannah's Post :

Major Phipps-Hornby, Sergeant Parker, Gunner Lodge, Driver Glasock

Fort Itala :

Driver Bradley

 
Ammunition column
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Ammunition Column. These are representative types of the men who are concerned in the transport and distribution of ammunition. They are the sergeant-major, the gunner, the trumpeter, the sergeant, and the driver, and all are armed with revolvers, and certain of them with swords and rifles. There are two classes of ammunition columns. The first is attached to every division, as well as to the Corps Artillery and to the corps troops attached to the Army Corps, and brings up the ammunition reserve for all arms, the ammunition waggons feeding the batteries, and the small-arm carts supplying the infantry, while there are reserve waggons and carts for both. The other class of ammunition columns forms the ammunition parks, which consist of three sections, and are intended for the supply of the whole Army Corps and the cavalry brigades. 
Howitzer battery
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Howitzer Batteries.  These guns form part of the siege train sent out to South Africa under command of Lieutenant Colonel Perrott, and are engines of enormous destructive power. The howitzer is an old weapon newly introduced with far higher qualities than it ever possessed before. There are several calibres of the siege howitzer, that depicted being the 6-in. breech-loader, weighing 30-cwt., and when limbered up scaling nearly 4.5 tons in draught. The gun fires lyddite shrapnel, the shell complete weighing nearly 70-lb, and having a range of something like 10 miles. The breech mechanism is analogous to that of the field gun, with am interrupted screw, and buffers are provided to take the recoil. A vast amount of material accompanies a siege battery, ammunition being supplied to the extent of 500 rounds per gun, and the work of transport becomes therefore one of great difficulty. But it is in the hands of officers and men who thoroughly competent to undertake it. a siege train is, of course, the artillery formed for the reduction of fortified places. Such a train has nearly always to be organised specially for its particular purpose, and it rarely has any existence in peace-time. Thus when the war broke out the work of organising the siege train began, and the new siege material supplied was soon afloat, and reached South Africa in charge of a highly-trained force of experienced officers and men.
Siege train officers
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Siege train officers. In all about 32 officers, and over 1,1oo men, drawn chiefly from Portsmouth, Plymouth, Exeter, and Devonport, are with the siege train in South Africa. They know the work thoroughly, and are all under command of Lieutenant-Colonel Perrott, who is represented in the picture, with Captain and Adjutant Currie, and Captain De Brett, DSO, on his left, and Major Allen, Major Nicholls, and Captain Strange on his right. These are the principal officers to whom the highly-important duties of the siege train are assigned, but the full exercise of their activity and experience will come later on in the war, when the time arrives for crushing the final opposition of the Boers. Meanwhile, however, the officers of the siege train have been very well employed.
Siege train NCOs
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Siege train NCOs. These excellent men, who are seen wearing the khaki uniform for South Africa, are among the most experienced gunners in the British Army. They belong to the garrison branch of the Artillery, by which the whole of the siege train is provided, the companies now in South Africa being the 15th, 16th, and 36th of the Southern Division. A siege park consists of what are known as "heavy," "middle," or "light" artillery sections; but the composition of these is varied according to circumstances, and great changes have been introduced through the production of the new siege material, consisting of 4 in., 5-in., and 6-in. breech-loading howitzers of enormous power and range.

Howitzer in the siege park
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Howitzer siege park. We have heard so much about the effects of lyddite, pictured sometimes by the vivid pens of correspondents, that full reports upon the operations of the howitzers, and particularly of the siege train when it is carried up to Pretoria, will be regarded with the very greatest interest. Lyddite is a high explosive of great destructive force, with a picric acid base, and is named from Lydd in Kent, the headquarters of our fortress artillery. The nature of siege work calls for a gun of special character, chiefly in regard to construction, and the features of the breech mechanism of the 6-in. are admirably seen, both open and closed, in the picture. The howitzer is designed to fire with a remarkably high elevation, discharging its shell with a comparatively low muzzle velocity through a great curve, and thus giving a descending fire upon the positions attacked. It is therefore able to search out and destroy positions which are invisible, and quite beyond the range of field guns.

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 Surname   Forename   No   Rank   Notes 
AbdyA J Major Slightly wounded at Ladysmith. 24 Oct 1899.
Source: Natal Field Force Casualty Roll, page 27 line 20
AdyeJMajorHe served in the Afghan War, 1879.—Medal. Egyptian Expedition, 1882. ADC to GOC. Actions of El Magfar, Tel-el-Mahuta, Kassassin of 9 Sept, and battle of Tel-el-Kebir. Despatches, LG 2 Nov 82. Medal with clasp; bronze star; 5th class Medjidie ; Brev. of Maj. Soudan Expedition, 1884-5. Nile and Suakin. As ADC to the GO Commdg-in-Chief; 2nd action at Abu Klea on 17 Feb. 85. Despatches, LG 25 Aug. 85. 2 clasps; Brev. of Lt.-Col. Boer War 1899-1902. Special Sevice Officer and afterwards on Staff, and as OC NW Districts. Cape Colony. Operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, 99-00, including action at Kheis. MID (Earl Roberts and Lord Kitchener), LG 17 Jun. 02. QSA (3) and KSA (2). CB.
Source: List of CB recipients. Various sources
AlexanderHarveyCaptainALEXANDER, HARVEY, Lieutenant Colonel, was born 3 June, 1859, son of Caledon Dufre Alexander, of 30 Belgrave Square, London.  He joined the 10th Hussars, as Second Lieutenant, 24 January 1880; became Lieutenant 1 July 1881; Captain 16 March, 1889; was Adjutant, Yeomanry Cavalry, 1 February 1890 to 31 January 1895.  He was promoted to Major 2 January 1897.  He served throughout the South African War of 1899-1902.  He was twice wounded; was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 16 April, 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with five clasps; King's Medal with two clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 19 April, 1901]: "Harvey Alexander, Lieutenant Colonel, 10th Hussars.  In recognition of services during the recent operations in South Africa".  He had been promoted Lieutenant Colonel 3 August 1900.  On 17 September 1904, he was given the Brevet of Colonel, and on 3 November 1906, he retired from the Staff.  Colonel Alexander married, in 1890, Mildred, youngest daughter of  C G Prideaux-Brune, of Prideaux Place, Padstow.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
AndrewsHarry72593SergeantQSA (4)
Source: List of QSAs with the clasp Elandslaagte
ArchdaleTheodore MontgomeryLieutenantARCHDALE, THEODORE MONTGOMERY, Lieutenant, was born 24 September 1873, youngest son of  Nicholas Montgomery Archdale, of Crock-na-Crieve, County Fermanagh.  He entered the Royal Artillery 12 December 1894, becoming Lieutenant, 12 December 1897, and Captain 12 March, 1901.  He served in the South African War, 1899-1900, taking part in the Relief of Ladysmith.  including operations of 17 to 24 January 1900, and action at Spion Kop; operations of 5 to 7 February 1900, and action at Vaal Kranz; operations on Tugela Heights (14 to 27 February).  He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 22 February and 10 September 1901]; received the Queen's Medal with three clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]: "Theodore Montgomery Archdale, Lieutenant, Royal Artillery.  In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa".  The Insignia were presented by the King 18 December 1902.  He was promoted to Captain 12 March, 1901, and was Adjutant, Militia, 28 August 1901 to 27 August 1904.  Captain Archdale married, in 1901, Helen Alexander, daughter of  Alexander Russel.  He was promoted to Major 16 August 1911.  He served in the European War from 1914; was wounded and mentioned in Despatches.  He died 10 October 1918.
DSO, QSA (3) CC T-H RofL (Capt DSO RFA), 1914 Star and bar (Major DSO RFA), BWM, Victory Medal with MID (Lt Col).  Hall 1983 £600.  Lusted 1984 £590.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
AsserVerneyLieutenantASSER, VERNEY, Lieutenant, was born at Beadonwell, Kent, 28 December 1873, third son of S B V Asser, JP, of Windlesham, Surrey.  He was educated at Uppingham School, and joined the Yorkshire Artillery in 1893; served with the British South Africa Police in the Matabele War of 1898 (Medal).  He was commissioned to the Royal Artillery 4 March, 1899; was promoted Lieutenant 16 February 1901.  He fought in the South African War from 1900 to 1902, with the 83rd Battery, Royal Artillery, taking part in operations in the Transvaal and Orange River Colony; operations on the Zululand Frontier of Natal in September and October 1901.  For his services in the Boer War he was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 29 July 1902]; received the Queen's Medal with three clasps; the King's Medal and clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 31 October 1902]: "Verney Asser, Lieutenant, Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery.  In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa".  He was Adjutant, 11th Brigade, 1 October 1905 to 31 January 1908; was promoted Captain 3 July 1907; served in the operations on the Blue Nile, 1908 (Medal); was attached to the Egyptian Army 1 February 1908, to 31 January 1912; Officer of a Company and Commander of a Company of Gentleman Cadets at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, from 16 September 1912 to 25 August 1913; Adjutant, Royal Military Academy, 26 August 1913 to 30 September 1914; was promoted Major 30 October 1914.  Major V Asser served in the European War from 1914 to 1918.  He was employed as Staff Captain, Royal Artillery, 8th Division, British Expeditionary Force, 1 October 1914 to 26 March, 1915; Brigade Major, Royal Artillery, 27th Division, British Expeditionary Force, Egyptian Expeditionary Force, 27 March, 1915 to 27 March, 1916; GSO2, 26th Division, Salonika Army, 28 March to 19 September 1916; became Acting Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Artillery, 10 October 1916; Brigadier General, Royal Artillery, 27th Division, British Salonika Force, 4 September 1918.  He was mentioned in Despatches; received the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 1 January 1916, and was created a CMG in 1919.  He married, in 1911, Hyacinth, daughter of Henry Irwin, CIE, of Madras, and of Henrietta Helen, daughter of the Reverend Robert Irwin, and they had one daughter.
Source: DSO recipients (VC and DSO Book)
BailwardA L MajorPrisoner - released at Colenso. 15 Dec 1899.
Source: Natal Field Force Casualty Roll, page 27 line 27
BaldockT SLieutenant ColonelList of CB recipients. Various sources
BarrettJ 21643Gunner Ammunition Park. Died of enteric at Pietermaritzburg. 4 May 1900.
Source: Natal Field Force Casualty Roll, page 27 line 6
BelcherH T Lieutenant Severely wounded at Farquhar's Farm. 3 Nov 1899.
Source: Natal Field Force Casualty Roll, page 27 line 26
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