About Gerrit Johannes Jacobus Botha
Number: 594 Surname: BOTHA Name: GERRIT JOHANNES JACOBUS Age: 20 Address: KAFFERSKRAAL District: POTCHEFSTROOM Captured Where: PAARDEBERG Captured When: 1900/02/27 Camp: DARRELLS Country: BERMUDA Ship (To): ARMENIAN Ship (Back): N/A
Your letter dated 22 September reached me. Thank you very much. I am doing fine thanks to the hand of the Almighty and I hope to hear that you are doing likewise. Ah! I feel very sad, abandoned and lonely tonight. Far from friends and home. Ah, and in a strange country.
You wrote that I should never lose hope, but sometimes it’s hard, especially when I get such bad news regarding our beloved Transvaal and of our beloved, fallen two friends Frank Smeer and J. Baxter. Smeer had fallen, but Baxter was captured by the enemy and shot for wearing Khaki clothes. Terrible, isn’t it? Ah! If only I could die for my Motherland.
Have you heard from my father and brothers as I’ve been here for two months and haven’t received a letter from them. Ah, many horrible things take place here, but I thank God that I’m only one of the lower class. I pray that I will not be led into temptation; this is all I can ask.
I will send you some flowers that I picked in that terrible waterfall; look after it as if it were gold as I will not go there again. I heard from Frank and Boetie; they are doing fine. I believe that through God’s power they are persisting. We don’t see much here and seldom or ever see the sun. A thousand times I’ve asked ‘How long, oh Lord? How much longer?’ Send my regards to your father and all the real Afrikaners and don’t forget yourself and your mother.
Yours always, Ann
PS: Gerrit, you asked if I still remembered the question you asked me by the fountain. To tell you the truth I can’t remember which question you are referring to. Maybe it will come to me at a later stage. Regards, Ann