Margaretha Cornelia Herbst (1900 - 1901)

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Death: Died in South Africa
Managed by: Lea Herbst
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About Margaretha Cornelia Herbst

Mafeking Refugee Camp

Personal Details

Name: Miss Magritha Cornelia Herbst

Born in camp? No

Place of death: Mafeking RC

Age died: 1 years

Died in camp? Yes

Gender: female

Race: white

Marital status: single

Nationality: Transvaal

Registration as child: Yes

Unique ID: 65135

Camp History

Name: Mafeking RC

Age arrival: 1

Date arrival: 12/08/1901

Tent number: T 8B C

Farm History

Name: Brakpan

District: Lichtenburg


Miss Magritha Cornelia Herbst

is the daughter of Mrs Willemina Hendrina Herbst


Title: RS 25 Transvaal DL

Type: Death lists

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: 25

Notes: p.155

Title: DBC 158 Mafeking CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Notes: 90

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Margaretha Cornelia Herbst's Timeline

- 1902
South Africa

The camps were formed by the British army to house the residents of the two Boer republics of the South African Republic and the Orange Free State. They were established towards the end of 1900, after Britain had invaded the Boer republics. This database was designed to investigate mortality and morbidity in the camps during the war. Although it will include everyone listed in the registers during the war, it usually excludes returning prisoners-of-war and men who came back from commando at the end of the war, as well as the considerable movement of people which took place after 31 May 1902, when families were repatriated to their homes.

Understanding the history of Mafeking camp presents special problems. For a brief period it had the highest death rate of any camp, in October 1901 reaching a staggering 4132.741 per thousand per annum for children under twelve, the MO calculated. Yet this mortality occurred in a camp which, immediately before that, had seemed relatively healthy. The disaster occurred shortly after the first visit of the Ladies Committee in August 1901, and they returned in November to try to understand what had happened. A number of other reports were also produced, all attempting to explain the crisis and to end it. In addition, we know a fair amount about the context of Mafeking camp, since Mafeking was not only the town which had been besieged longest, but had been under the command of the colourful Robert Baden-Powell. But the position of Mafeking camp was somewhat anomalous since it was actually located in the Cape Colony, although run by the Transvaal camp system. It was also rather isolated, the northernmost point on the railway line up to Bechuanaland. This may, perhaps, partly explain why a sharper eye was not kept on it.

September, 1901
Age 1
South Africa
Age 1
South Africa