BCCDBritish Concentration Camps
of the South African War

Personal Details
Name:Mrs Henrietta Esther Carolina Armstrong
Maiden name:Oberholzer
Date of birth:18620221
Place of birth:Fauresmith
Born in camp? No
Died in camp? No
Marital status:married
Camp occupation:volunteer nurse
Notes:Daughter of W Oberholzer and Anna Kieser; educated at Dames Instiuut Eunice.
8/4/1890 married John Edward Armstrong in Kimberley, who worked for various banks including, from 1/6/1895, ZAR Nasionale Bank. At one stage she ran a boarding house in Pretoria. The marriage was not a happy one and they separated at the beginning of the SA War. They were finally divorced 13/12/1907.

p.7 Initially she worked as a field nurse in the ambulance of Dr Johan Balthasar Knobel, founder and vice-chairman of the Transvaalsche Roode Kruis, and was present at the Battle of Colenso on 15/12/1899.

p.59 She was one of the first two nurses to work in Irene RC.
Unique ID:114738
Camp History
Name:Irene RC
Date arrival:06/04/1901
Date departure:11/10/1901
Reason departure:dismissed
Date appointed (as staff):6/4/1901
Title:Armstrong, Camp Diary

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.