Tag: Concentration Camp

Bethulie Concentration Camp Memorials

The images in this post are courtesy of Clive Jackson and are used with permission. 

The concentration camp in Bethulie does not have a good reputation as can be read in British Concentration Camps of the South African War, and this can be seen from the long list of names at the new concentration camp monument (Kamp Kerkhof).

The graves of 1737 people were relocated to the present graveyard which is 3km from the town.  It was unveiled by then State President CR Swart  in October 1996.  The graves were moved to the new site because it was feared that the water from the Gariep (former Hendrik Verwoed) Dam would inundate them.  More information about the memorial may be found at the Bethulie Concentration Camp site on Pathfinda.com, the monument may be found at Google Earth co-ordinates: -30.484774°, 25.999216°. 

Gariep Dam (Image by Ronnie Lovemore)

Gariep Dam (Image by Ronnie Lovemore)

On the Gariep Dam is a plaque commemorating those whose graves were covered by the waters of the dam.

(Image by Ronnie Lovemore)

The old camp memorial was located at  -30.484778, 25.999231 and the original cairn and two monuments can still be seen.  The old memorial is at the sight of the original camp cemetery and a glimpse at the Google Earth image shows the rough outline of the cemetery.

There is also a memorial to Louw Wepener  who was killed in the second Basotho (aka The Seqiti War) war along with his companion Adam Raubenheimer. The story goes that when the Boers tried to attack the Basotho Mountain Stronghold, Thaba Bosiou, they were bombarded with huge rocks rolled from the top. When the remains were recovered some time later, it was impossible to tell whose bones belonged to whom, so they were interred together at the memorial.

© DRW 2016-2018. Created 20/10/2016.  Images by Clive Jackson and Ronnie Lovemore. 

Updated: 11/01/2018 — 07:56

The Panoramic Cemetery Gallery (4)

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Heidelberg Camp Cemetery (1506x659)

Heidelberg Camp Cemetery (1506×659)

Heidelberg Camp Cemetery (1506x461)

Heidelberg Camp Cemetery (1506×461)

Heidelberg Kloof Cemetery (1506x614)

Heidelberg Kloof Cemetery (1506×614)

Heidelberg Kloof Cemetery (1506x598)

Heidelberg Kloof Cemetery (1506×598)

Heidelberg Kloof Cemetery (1506x639)

Heidelberg Kloof Cemetery (1506×639)

Heidelberg Rensburg Cemetery (1506x509)

Heidelberg Rensburg Cemetery (1506×509)

Heidelberg Rensburg Cemetery (1506x484)

Heidelberg Rensburg Cemetery (1506×484)

Heidelberg Schuins Street Cemetery (1506x610)

Heidelberg Schuins Street Cemetery (1506×610)

Alberton Florentia Cemetery (1506x612)

Alberton Florentia Cemetery (1506×612)

Edenvale Mopedi Road Cemetery (1470x631)

Edenvale Mopedi Road Cemetery (1470×631)

 Edenvale Cemetery (1506x625)

Edenvale Cemetery (1506×625)

Edenvale Cemetery (1506x648)

Edenvale Cemetery (1506×648)

Krugersdorp Burgershoop Cemetery (1506x487)

Krugersdorp Burgershoop Cemetery (1506×487)

Krugersdorp Burgershoop Cemetery (1506x426)

Krugersdorp Burgershoop Cemetery (1506×426)

Krugersdorp Burgershoop Cemetery (1506x491)

Krugersdorp Burgershoop Cemetery (1506×491)

Krugersdorp Burgershoop Cemetery (1505x472)

Krugersdorp Burgershoop Cemetery (1505×472)

Krugersdorp Burgershoop Cemetery Concentration Camp graves (1256x420)

Krugersdorp Burgershoop Cemetery Concentration Camp graves (1256×420)

Davidsonville Cemetery (1506x541)

Davidsonville Cemetery (1506×541)

Davidsonville Cemetery (1506x523)

Davidsonville Cemetery (1506×523)

Horizonview Cemetery (1503x397)

Horizonview Cemetery (1503×397)

© DRW 2007-2018. Added to blog 31/09/2014. Images resized and table colour changed 18/08/2016

Updated: 08/01/2018 — 07:21

Heilbron Boer War Memorial

This memorial can be found inside the grounds of the NG Kerk Moedeergemeente in Heilbron, Free State. The church is fronted in Lang Markt Street (Longmarket, Langmark) and is fenced, but access is possible through a side gate in Steil Street where the hall is.

The plinth has the names of Boer combatants who died in the war, and some of these may be buried in the nearby cemetery which is associated with the Heilbron Concentration Camp. 787  inmates lost their lives in the camp, a large portion dieing of measles and typhoid.

The memorial may be found at Google Earth Co-ordinates   27° 17.000’S,  27° 58.278’E.

NG Kerk Moedeergemeente, Heilbron

NG Kerk Moedeergemeente, Heilbron

© DRW 2011-2018. Created 18/11/2011. Moved to blog 21/01/2014.

Updated: 05/01/2018 — 20:41
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