van Heerden Genealogy

The van Heerden family of the Carnarvon and Victoria West District.

 British Concentration Camp & Memorial Cemetery, Mafikeng, Mafikeng, North West, South Africa

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Latitude: -25.81452617, Longitude: 25.61230659
British Concentration Camp & Memorial Cemetery, Mafikeng

These cemeteries were for those who supported the Boer cause and for the wives of commandos who refused to surrender to the British. One contains 825 marked graves although the total number of recorded burials is 858. This figure includes 33 burghers who died around Mafikeng during and just after the Siege. Their remains were exhumed from isolated graves and reburied in a mass grave in the larger cemetery in 1934.

A smaller Concentration Camp Cemetery is situated about 800 metres south of the large one in the Magogoe area (named after the Magogoe stream that runs into the Molopo River). Only four graves with inscriptions were found here. However, 220 marked graves are recorded. A 1949 renovation unearthed up to four corpses in many graves. This strengthens the belief that many black women and children were also buried here, but never recorded. The two graveyards are at Lotlamoreng dam, two kilometres out of town on the right and left of the Vryburg Road.

All Burials - British Concentration Camp & Memorial Cemetery, Mafikeng, North West, South Africa

 #   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Died/Buried   Person ID 
1. van Heerden, Baby   I1042
2. van Heerden, Jacobus S M   I1230
3. van Heerden, Solomon C   I1231

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