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Anglo Boere Oorlog/Boer War (1899-1902) POW India

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  • Johan Dorotheus Balt (1886 - 1959)
    ===Prisoners of War AOB == Added by AR Swanepoel Database ID: 29551 POW Number: 30476 Surname: BALT Name: JOHAN DOROTHEAS Age: 15 Address: POTCHEFSTROOM District: POTCHEFSTROOM Where Captured: MEREBAN...
  • Dirk Cornelis Badenhorst (1884 - 1965)
    ===Prisoners of War AOB == Added by AR Swanepoel Database ID: 16783 POW Number: 17701 Surname: BADENHORST Name: DIRK CORNELIUS Age: 20 Address: KRUGERSDORP District: KRUGERSDORP Where Captured: KRUGER...
  • Willem Hendrik Badenhorst (c.1874 - 1933)
    ===Prisoners of War AOB == Added by AR Swanepoel Database ID: 16567 POW Number: 17485 Surname: BADENHORST Name: WILLEM HENDRIK Age: 27 Address: KROMDRAAI District: ERMELO Where Captured: KAFFIRSPRUIT ...
  • Pieter Benjamin Bresler Badenhorst (1877 - 1944)
    ===Prisoners of War AOB == Added by AR Swanepoel Database ID: 16784 POW Number: 17702 Surname: BADENHORST Name: PIETER BENJAMIN Age: 24 Address: SAMENKOMST District: HARRISMITH Where Captured: BRANDFO...
  • Philippus Andreas Badenhorst (1888 - d.)
    ===Prisoners of War AOB == Added by AR Swanepoel Database ID: 29549 POW Number: 30474 Surname: BADENHORST Name: PHILIPPUS ANDRIES Age: 14 Address: DOORNLAAGTE District: LICHTENBURG Where Captured: BUY...

The purpose of this project is to gather profiles of these men who are on Geni and to share interesting tales and anecdotes about individuals. Please collaborate...


More than 9,000 POW were held in the following camps:

Camps and Cemeteries

  • Ahmednagar: Cemetery – Fort Ahmednagar Cemetery
  • Amritsar Camp for "irreconcilables"
  • Abbottabad
  • Bellary: Cemetery – Bellary Miltary Cemetery

A camp for 821 prisoners was in operation at Bellary, in Madras Command, between May 1901 and August 1902. The men were accommodated in barracks, and tents with thatched roofs, surrounded by barbed wire entanglements. During the 15 months of the camp's life three prisoners broke parole and were subsequently recaptured, and another was shot one night trying to escape from the hospital. Although conditions within the camp were described as generally good, the health of the prisoners was indifferent, despite having the use of a 50 bed hospital at the station: during 1902 smallpox accounted for two deaths and the hospitalization of six men.

  • Bhim Tal
  • Bombaai: Cemetery – Sewri Cemetery
  • Daghshai
  • Fort Govindagh
  • Gwalior: Cemetery – Gwalior Cemetry
  • Jhansi: Cemetery – Jhansi Cemetery
  • Kaity-Nilgiris
  • Kakool: Cemetery – Kakool Cemetery
  • Kala Khan: Cemetery – Kala Khan Cemetery
  • Kasauli: Cemetery – Kasauli Cemetery
  • Khandema: Cemetery – Khandema Cemetery
  • Madras: Cemeteries – Fort St George Cemetery, Keti-Basel Commisionary Cemetrey, Ootacamund Cemetery, Wellington State Cemetery, Weslyan Cemetery
  • Nainital: Cemetery – Nainital Cemetery
  • Satara
  • Shahjahanpur: Cemetery – Shahjahananpur Cemetery
  • Sialkot: Cemetery – Sialkot Presbyterian Cemetery
  • Solon: Cemetery – Solon Cemetery
  • Trichinopoly: Cemetery – Weslyan Cemetery
  • Umballa. approx 1300 POWs: Cemetery – Umballa Cemetery


  • Bombay, April 23 1901. The Hawarden Castle, with a number of Boer prisoners arrived.
  • Madras, June 3 1901. A Transport (No name given) with 500 Boer prisoners arrived here today. The prisoners were despatched to Trichinopoly in the evening by rail.
  • Bombay, March 1902, 300 POWs, arrived on board the ship Tempelmore


There were several successful escapes. Two Boers escaped from Bellary Camp but escape was generally difficult as the Boers could not 'blend in'. At Trichinopoly, J. L. de Villiers overcame this problem by disguising himself as an Indian. He was able to walk through the gates, past the guards and caught a train to Pondicherry the first station in French territory in India. and returned to South Africa via France and the Netherlands.

The POWs





  • Commandant T. F. J. Dreyer, commandant of the Potchefstroom Commando

  • Diederik Martinus de Beer. Age 33. Ahmednagar India on board the Hawarden Castle


  • Commandant J. L. P. Erasmus Shahjehanpur, Feb 1902, he was transferred with a dozen "irreconcilables" to Amritsar and detained in Fort Gobindgarh. He made a study of Hindu philosophy and delivered a series of six lectures on "India: its religions and social history"







  • Nico H Lindenberg No 194, Sect. 2; Boer Camp, Bellary. Became a teacher and eventually a school principal in Cape Town.


  • Jacobus Joshua Francois (Koos) Maartens, 30886, Ship Tempelmore, Umbala Camp, Ship Pahtang.
  • Jacobus Cornelius Maartens, 30887, Ship Tempelmore, Umbala Camp, Ship Pahtang.
  • Tobias Gerhardus Mahne 1879 POW in India, Trichinopoly Camp.
  • Abraham Stephanus Marais
  • Edward MeyersHawarden Castle, Ahmednagar Camp, Amritsar where he married Mabel Lilian Lincoln




  • Alexander Nikolaievich Shulzhenko A Russian



Those who died on the ships on the way to India where buried at sea.

Inscriptions on gravestone at Umbala cemetery,

  • H.J. van Asewgan Fauresmith 16.6.02
  • L.P. Boshoff Lindley 22.5.02
  • P.C. Celliers Heilbron 23.12.01
  • F.J. Cronje Pcstroom 21.5.02
  • E. Edmund
  • E.W. von Jager Bethlehem 30.6..02
  • E.E. von Malitz Winburg 16.4.02
  • J.F. Martin 11.11.02
  • G.J. v.d Merwe Kroonstad 3.7.01
  • H.J.S. v.d Merwe Fauresmith 15.6.02
  • R.J. j.v. Vuuren Middleburg 17.10.01
  • R.E. v.d. Merwe Fauresmith 11.11.01
  • P.W.J. Nel Kroonstad 4.11.01
  • A.J. Pienaar Bethvlie 16.11.01
  • P.I.M. du Plessis Kroonstad 21.11.01
  • J.J.Raath Parijs 31.10.01
  • W.N. van Rensburg Philippolis 16.1.02
  • B.J.M. Vorster Fauresmith 26.10.02
  • Jansen 17.10.01
  • B.J.L. van der Walt Wolmaranstad 15.12.01

Names on a monument erected by Indian government at Shahjahanpur (see photo section)

  • JH Combrinck, van distr. Carolina, overleden 10-10-1902
  • PW Erasmus, Winburg, 31-05-'02
  • WJ Grobler, Zoutpansberg, 07-07-'02
  • CC Harmse, Rustenburg, 03-01-'02
  • CG Jacobs, Boshoff, 05-10-'02
  • JP de Jager, Bethlehem, 25-04-'02
  • B Jonker, Rustenburg, 01-11-'01
  • NF du Plessis, Potchefstroom, 21-08-'02
  • A du Plessis, Fauresmith, 13-10-'02
  • DJJ van Rensburg, Rouxville, 20-05-'02
  • HH Sauerman, Harrismith, 05-05-'02
  • HA Smit, Harrismith, 30-11-'02
  • PA Swanepoel, Rustenburg, 18-11-'02
  • AP van Wijk, Smithfield, 14-08-'02

How to Participate

If you have an ancestor who was a POWin India during the ABW

  1. Get yourself added as a collaborator
  2. Navigate to your ancestor's profile
  3. Under the "More Actions" link choose "Add to Project"
  4. Select the Harrismith Native Concentration " project

How to add a link is explained in the attached document - Adding links to Geni profiles to projects.


  • Include in the "About Me" section of each person a brief biographical sketch of their lives. Also include their Settler party and ship name and arrival date if known
  • Include a photograph/painting of your ancestor if one exists.
  • Your ancestor's profiles should be marked as "public" and not "private".
  • All included profiles should include full identifying information including birth and death dates as well as birth and death locations. It would also be very helpful if the immediate family of your pioneer ancestor, (their parents, siblings and children) profiles were public profiles also.
  • Do not make public any profiles of living people. NOTE: All POW included on this project will have their profiles editable by other collaborators of this project. The object of reproducing the list here is to see if these people can be located on Geni and perhaps develop trees from them. To take part in any project - you do need to first be a collaborator - so join the project. See the discussion Project Help: How to add Text to a Project - Starter Kit to get you going!

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