Hendrik Petrus Geldenhuys, b6c1d10e4f5g2

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About Hendrik Petrus Geldenhuys, b6c1d10e4f5g2

His story is described on page 171-180 of Prisoners of the Boer War in Ceylon and the Dutch East Indies by RL Brohier, revised and reprinted by D Brohier and RA Woodruff, First Edition 2015; Neptune Publications, Battaramulla, Sri Lanka.

All of his sons went to war, and all of them survived. One of his daughters Johanna Catharina, and her two young sons died in the British Concentration Camp in Standerton during the war.

His wife died in the British Concentration Camp in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa on 10 September 1901 (see here).

Despite not taking part in the war, he was taken as a P.O.W. by the British because he owned a rifle, and shipped to the P.O.W. Camp in Diyatalawa, Ceylon. After the war (1902) he refused to take the oath of allegiance to the Crown and was therefore not allowed to return home, but was restricted to the eastern part of the island of Ceylon for the remainder of his life. He carved a miniature gravestone for his wife while he was in Ceylon.

He died on 21 May 1904 in Batticaloa, Ceylon.

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Hendrik Petrus Geldenhuys, b6c1d10e4f5g2's Timeline

June 20, 1838
Swellendam, Overberg DC, Western Cape, South Africa
Swellendam, Overberg District Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa
January 5, 1863
Swellendam, Cape
March 25, 1868
March 14, 1873
Vrede, Thabo Mofutsanyane, Free State, South Africa
October 17, 1878
Vrede, Thabo Mofutsanyane, Free State, South Africa
June 19, 1880
May 1882
Vrede, South Africa
May 21, 1904
Age 65
Batticaloa, Ceylon