BCCDBritish Concentration Camps
of the South African War

Browse Persons in Pietersburg RCBrowse Persons who died in Pietersburg RC

Camp Details
Name:Pietersburg RC
Location:on the south-west side of the station, south of the town
Date open:10/05/1901

Raath, p.267: The inhabitants lived for over a year in tents, on a ration of mealie-coffee, salt, sugar and meat. In addition to the main camp, there was a camp for hensoppers. While the Boer families were kept in the camp, hensoppers were allowed to live in their houses. P.268: In May 1902 there were 78 women and children living in the town; during April 1902 there were at least 712 National Scouts - 71 men, 223 women and 223 children living in Pietersburg. In Dec 1901 it was decided to erect a camp for NS. It was located just beyond the boundaries of the town and consisted of 6 bell tents with 17 inmates - 3 men, 8 women and 12 children. These people had originally lived in houses in the town but because of immorality and for other reasons - not stated - they were removed from the town and placed in tents. As far as is known, there were no deaths in the National Scouts camp. [Coetzee & van Schoor, Kampkinders, p.83]. Raath gives 657 deaths; I have a total of 920 deaths

Unique ID:54

Acknowledgments: The project was funded by the Wellcome Trust, which is not responsible for the contents of the database. The help of the following research assistants is gratefully acknowledged: Ryna Boshoff, Murray Gorman, Janie Grobler, Marelize Grobler, Luke Humby, Clare O’Reilly Jacomina Roose, Elsa Strydom, Mary van Blerk. Thanks also go to Peter Dennis for the design of the original database and to Dr Iain Smith, co-grantholder.