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About Willem Jacobus Herbst, b3c5d17

c5 Marthinus Johannes Hendrik * 3.5.1820 = Graaff-Reinet 16.7.1820 † Piet Retief 30.11.1898 (78.7.26) x Maria Magdalena BREITENBACH † 1845 xx Maria Elizabeth BOTHA * c. 1831 † Piet Retief 14.11.1898 (67.-) d.v. Andries Hendrik Botha en Eva Maria Engelbrecht

Tweede huwelik

d17 Willem Jacobus * 7.6.1872 = Wakkerstroom 10.10.1875

e1 Anna Helena Martha * 1899

e2 Marthinus Johannes Hendrik * 1901 † 24 November 1901

Middelburg Refugee Camp 27 April 1901 – 1902

Personal Details

Name: Mr Willem Jacobus Herbst

Born in camp? No

Died in camp? No

Gender: male

Race: white

Marital status: married

Nationality: Transvaal

Occupation: farmer

Registration as head of family: Yes

Unique ID: 80425

Camp History

Name: Middelburg RC

Age arrival: 28

Date arrival: 27/04/1901

Tent number: I

Farm History

Name: Springbokkraal

District: Piet Retief


Type: Surrendered

Notes: 18 Feb 1901


Mr Willem Jacobus Herbst is the husband of Mrs Willem Jacobus Herbst is the father of Master Marthinus Johannes Hendrik Herbst is the father of Miss Anna Helena Martha Herbst


Title: DBC 83 Middelburg CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: DBC 83

Notes: p. 109

Title: DBC 83 Middelburg CR

Type: Camp register

Location: National Archives, Pretoria

Reference No.: DBC 83

Notes: p. 109

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Willem Jacobus Herbst, b3c5d17's Timeline

June 7, 1872
Wakkerstroom, South Africa
October 10, 1875
Age 3
Wakkerstroom, South Africa
April 15, 1899
Age 26
November 9, 1900
Age 28
- 1902
Age 27
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.

Middelburg camp presents a problem in trying to understand why so many people died in the camps. It was the largest camp in the Transvaal system, reaching over 7,000 inmates at one point, and the reports of Dr Kendal Franks and the Ladies Committee suggest that it was very badly run. Dr Franks was critical of the layout of the camp and complained that the administration was ‘lax’, while the Ladies Committee thought it ‘one of the most unsatisfactory we have seen’. An intake of over 3,000 in May 1901 brought in desperately impoverished and debilitated people, which precipitated disease.


November 27, 1902
Age 30
South Africa
July 10, 1904
Age 32
March 16, 1906
Age 33
September 8, 1907
Age 35
April 6, 1909
Age 36