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Sarel Johannes Eloff, b1c3d2e3f1

Also Known As: "Kommandant ABO"
Birthplace: Rustenburg, Bojanala, North West, South Africa
Death: March 17, 1944 (73)
Middelburg - MP, Nkangala, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Frederik Christoffel Eloff, b1c3d2e3 and Elsje Francina Kruger b7c2d4e3f3g5
Husband of Stephina Petronella Jacobsz
Father of Elizabeth Elsie Von Wielligh; Jan Jacobsz Eloff; Stephanus Petrus Erasmus Eloff; Sarel Johannes Eloff and Frederik Christoffel Eloff
Brother of Gezina Susanna Frederika Wilhelmina Jacobsz; Susanna Cornelia Jacobsz; Stephanetta Johana Paulina ''Nettie'' Bredell; Elsje Francina van Broekhuizen; Stephanus Johannes Paulus Eloff and 2 others

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About Sarel Johannes Eloff, b1c3d2e3f1

Number: 3390 Surname: ELOFF Name: SAREL JOHNNES (COMDT. OF FORT) Age: 30 Address: JOHANNESBURG District: N/A Captured Where: MAFEKING Captured When: 1900/05/12 Camp: DEADWOOD Country: ST. HELENA Ship (To): ONBEKEND Ship (Back): N/A

While the residents of Mafeking adjusted to their diet of horse meat and ground oats, an idealistic young officer of the Johannesburg Fortress Artillery Corps plotted an attack on the town. Sarel Eloff, one of Paul Kruger’s numerous grandsons, planned to lead a force before dawn through the native Stadt, a weak point within Baden-Powell’s line of defense. From there, with reinforcements from General J.P. Snyman pouring in at first daylight, Eloff’s men would take just short steps to reach B-P’s headquarters and capture the town.

Alas! The attack failed, and the stolid General Snyman was largely to blame. He and his listless, undisciplined crew from Rustenburg and Marico did not care to leave the security of their trenches, and Eloff’s party of 240 men (far less than the 700 he’d counted on) was surrounded and eventually captured.


On 2 February 1901, four prisoners, including Sarel Eloff, made a determined escape attempt at Sandy Bay. Having collected a quantity of provisions, the four men seized an old fishing boat in which to make their escape. However, fishermen removed the oars and, despite a struggle, managed to hold on to them. The prisoners climbed into the boat and tore up the bottom boards, intending to use them as paddles. Finding them to be useless, the prisoners then returned to the beach and tried in vain to bribe the fishermen, offering them a good sum in exchange for the boat and oars. In the meantime, a messenger had been sent to report the occurrence and soon after dawn a guard arrived from Deadwood Camp to arrest the escapees.

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Sarel Johannes Eloff, b1c3d2e3f1's Timeline

August 18, 1870
Rustenburg, Bojanala, North West, South Africa
July 27, 1895
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
November 8, 1903
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
June 20, 1907
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
May 7, 1910
Pretoria, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
March 3, 1913
Pretoria, Transvaal, South Africa
March 17, 1944
Age 73
Middelburg - MP, Nkangala, Mpumalanga, South Africa