He is the eldest of five children; their father was killed in the Boer War, and the family is desperately poor.
During the Boer War, Canadians flocked to the colours to defend the British Empire.
These are military and political debacles to rival the Boer War.
"Dutch colonist in South Africa," 1824, from Dutch boer "farmer," from Middle Dutch, cognate with Old English gebur "dweller, farmer, peasant," and thus related to bower, German Bauer, and the final syllable of neighbor (see boor). Boer War (1899-1902) was technically the Second Boer War, there having been a brief preview 1880-1881.