Boer War records show 86 were struck by lightning

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Getting struck by lightning was a real hazard for British soldiers in the Second Boer War, according to military records put online for the first time.

During the late Victorian conflict 86 men were killed or injured by lightening while serving in southern Africa, the records published online today by genealogy website show.

On one occasion two soldiers were killed within moments of each other, when lightening struck their base in the appropriately-named Stormberg in an area known as the Cape Midlands....

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