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Jacoba Barrett (Groenewald)

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The widow Jacoba Barrett, née Groenewald, was a loyalist Natal Afrikaner woman who did sterling work for the British authorities

Not to be confused with Mrs Berrett referred to on pg 86 In 'Die Helde-Album van ons Vryheidstryd' (P.H.S. van Zyl) Mrs. Berrett - was on commando for 3 months as was wounded at Spioenkop, 1900

A matter of concern is the photo and information about Helena Wagner. Women would dress up in male clothes for photos, but that did not mean that they participated in the Anglo-Boer War itself. In fact, according to Act No 20 of 1898 of the ZAR specified that only men should do military service. According to F Pretorius, the photo of Wagner was taken for publicity purposes and the same female, and most probably during the same photo shoot is shown on her own in a photograph where her name is Mrs Berrett. Both photos were used for pro-Boer publicity. In 1903 the Wagner couple photo was published in Germany. Then the latter photo of the same lady, but now known as Mrs Berrett was published in 1904 in the Netherlands

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