People in Camp
People who died
The Natal camp system was somewhat different from the Transvaal and ORC systems although the majority of the inmates came from the Boer republics. Howick was one of the oldest camps, established originally by the military to take families from northern Natal. Certainly it was in existence by March 1901 when the military reported that there were 705 inmates, all housed in marquees. The sick were cared for in a separate ward in the general Howick hospital. The Rev. van der Horst ministered to the inmates and taught at the school. The camp was not fenced but the inhabitants and their friends needed passes to visit since the country was under martial law.
Reports were scrappy, providing only the barest information but the camp appeared to be run reasonably well and the people were healthy, apart from a few cases of typhoid, bronchitis, pneumonia and rheumatism. Numbers increased slowly – at the beginning of August 1901 there were still only 648 white inmates and 13 black, while a handful of people had reported sick. There were no deaths at all. In August, however, three families arrived from Klerksdorp, one of them with measles. Although the case was isolated, it was an ominous trend. At some stage the superintendent, Mr Caldecott, was subsequently replaced by Dr Hunter. http://www2.lib.uct.ac.za/mss/bccd/Histories/Howick/
The object of reproducing the list here is to see if these people can be located on Geni and perhaps develop trees from them.
BLUE Geni Profiles
BLACK Not found on Geni
THEY LIVED TO GO HOME
- Du Plessis, Mev Johannes Christiaan (42) 9/7/1901- 16/10/1901
- Farm history:Welgevonden, Pretoria
THEY DIED IN THE CAMP
- Daniel Heinrich Behrens (2) Died from ziekte
- Farm history: Schurvepoort, Utrecht
- Andries Hermanus Botha (2) Unique ID 2364
- Farm History: Morgenzon, MW Stroom, Transvaal.
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While the two main forces in the Anglo-Boer War 2 were White, it was not an exclusively White war. At least 15 000 Blacks were used as combatants by the British, especially as scouts to track down Boer commandoes and armed block house guards, but also in non-combatant roles by both British and Boer forces as wagon drivers, etc. They suffered severely as result of the British "scorched earth policy" during which those who lived on White farms were removed to concentration camps, as were the women and children of their White employers