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Anglo Boere Oorlog/Boer War (1899-1902) BALMORAL Kamp/Camp

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  • Johanna Gerharda Stefina Bodenstein (c.1847 - d.)
    ANGLO BOERE OORLOG Personal Details Name: Mrs Charles Peter Bodenstein Born in camp? No Died in camp? No Gender: female Race: white Marital status: married Nationality: Transvaal Oc...
  • Charles Peter Bodenstein (c.1893 - 1932)
  • Dirkje McCoy (c.1879 - 1947)
    Probate: Boer War: Balmoral & Middelburg Concentration Camps Mrs Dirkie Jacoba McCoy Other Names: Mrs Johannes Jacobus Born in camp? No Died in camp? No Gender: female Race: white Mar...
  • Maria Gertruida Hendrika Henderson (1883 - d.)
    Boer War: Balmoral Concentration Camp Miss Maria Anderson incorrectly transcribed should be Henderson. Born in camp? No Died in camp? No Gender: female Race: white Nationality: Transvaal...
  • Maria Geertruida Janeke (1836 - 1922)
    The family name been spelled differently, even in South Africa, it is also spelled Jäneker / Jänecke / Jäneke / Janecke / Janeke for the same person in different documents. Boer War: Balmoral Concent...


Camp Details Type:white / black Location:Transvaal Date closed:27/09/1902 Unique ID:154

A Short History

Balmoral camp was established relatively late, on 25 July 1901, coming into use a week later – a remarkably short time in which to set up a camp. It was created to take the overflow from the Middelburg and Belfast camps and was divided into the districts from which most of the inmates came – Balmoral, Lydenburg and, later, Ermelo. The move from Middelburg had been precipitated by the poor health in that very large camp and the people arrived unwell. Later arrivals included fugitives from the Bronkhorstspruit district, who were starving and exhausted. By November 1901 they were coming in from the Lydenburg and Barberton districts, in a very bedraggled state, it was noted, because they had been out on the veld for some time. Although by the end of 1901 Kitchener had ordered that no more families should be sent to the camps, his instructions were often ignored and some continued to trickle in. On 27 April 1902 125 people arrived, half of them men, in a pitiful state. ‘They were literally in rags and it was hard to discern the original material of the men’s clothing. When compared with the inmates of the camp they looked a very unkempt lot’, the superintendent noted.

The original site was an old military camp, just south of the railway station, and was strewn with refuse. E.R Harvey, the first superintendent, had hard work getting the area into a reasonable condition, as he was limited by lack of transport. This was often a problem for the camps when the military requisitioned all the available animals. The camp was unfenced as the entire area was protected by blockhouses. Within this vicinity camp inmates were allowed to wander freely. Because Balmoral was established so late, it was easy to pitch the camp with the mathematical tidiness favoured by the British officials. The tents had dung floors

Conditions were not comfortable. The new hospital was eventually occupied in April 1902. Despite all the work, it remained fairly primitive, with antheap floors, although these were supposed to be tarred. The marquees were not warm enough for chest cases, the MO complained, and a brick and iron ward of twelve beds was finally erected for such cases. Africans were regularly treated in the hospital, at least in 1902. In July 1902 a black man was brought in from a neighbouring farm with diphtheria and a tracheotomy was administered; in the same month another black man from outside died in the hospital of pneumonia. The following month two more men were admitted from the Repatriation Department, one with jaundice and the other with injuries after he had been run over by an ox wagon; two more were hurt by ox wagons in September while another outsider also died in the hospital.

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They Lived



  • Stayed on the farm Morgenstond, Roosenekal of which he owns a portion.
  • Captured with wife and 2 children
  • Unique ID 80620
  • Came from the farm Ogjesfontein, Middelburg. S.o. Mrs Willem Christiaan Botha



  • Unique ID 59740
  • Unique ID 59741
  • Unique ID 59750
  • Unique ID 59751
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  • Unique ID 59753
  • Unique ID 59755
  • Unique ID 60390


  • Unique ID 110938


  • Unique ID 59742
  • Incorrectly transcribed as Anderson, should be Henderson. Shared tent 640 with her grandmother Maria Geertruyda Davis (Janeke) above.


  • Unique ID 60400
  • Unique ID 60391
  • Unique ID 60396
  • Unique ID 60395
  • Unique ID 110939
  • Unique ID 60397
  • Unique ID 60398
  • Unique ID 60389
  • Unique ID 60392
  • Unique ID 60401
  • Unique ID 110940
  • Unique ID 60393
  • Unique ID 110941
  • Unique ID 111004




  • Unique ID 60394


  • Unique ID 61785
  • Unique ID 61784
  • Unique ID 61786
  • Unique ID 61783



  • Husband on Commando Mr. Willem Christiaan Botha
  • Unique ID 61782

They Died





  • Unique ID 59754



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