BCCDBritish Concentration Camps
of the South African War

Personal Details
Name:Mrs David Hermanus Petrus du Toit
Born in camp? No
Died in camp? No
Marital status:married
Registration as head of family:Yes
Notes: Note #1626

Subject[ Transvaal: black sympathy; flight; mortality; deportation to Middelburg; elderly; hunger
Date[ 11-12 January 1900 [sic: 1901?]
Source[ Neethling, Mag Ons Vergeet? [3d edn, 1942]
Note[ p.57 Testimony of Mrs Anna Sophia du Toit, née Neethling, Klipkopjes, Pretoria
Refers to the great battle of Donkerhoek of 11-12 January 1900, during which her house was under fire. The English threatened to blow up they house, believing that there was a Boer officer inside. They were saved by ' 'n out swart skepsel - dit was asof 'n engel hom gestuur het', who spoke good English and assured the British that the owner was not an officer and that he was away on commando.
p.58 'Terwyl hy dit s^e, kniel die ou neer en bevestig dit met 'n eed. So is die huis gesppar gebly.'
The remainder of the account is devoted to their flight; they went north to the Bosveld, to the Olifants River. During the course of this period there were a number of deaths.
p.63 'Die dogtertjie wat die koors gehad het, het erg siek geword,
p.64 en ook my jongste kind. Menige dag het ek gevrees dat ek hulle hier in die wildernis sou moes agterlaat.'
On 17 December her 'skoondogter, complained that she felt sick. 'Sy het erger en erger geword. Omtrent elfuur het sy stuiptrekkings kedry en die middag om vyfuur het sy gesterwe. Dink tog hoe hartsser ons was! Daar sit ons ongered in die woestyn en op die wa l^e ons dooie.'
p.67 They trekked round for 8 months and eventually found refuge for 4 months on her brother-in-law's farm. Here they were taken on 7 July [her dates don't make sense]. She gives the usual account of the deportation, not allowed to take any food, given nothing to eat. They arrived at Middelburg camp on the evening of 24 July 1901.
They were put into a marquee housing 65 people.
p.69 'Die swaarste vir my was om my liewe ou moeder van twee-en sewentig jaar so te sien sukkel op die harde grond, en sy het oud geword op 'n verebed. Vir my was dit swaar genoeg, maar om haar in die toestand te sien was ondraaglik.'
She comments on the lack of food: 'Al om die derde dag het hulle vier ons 'n bietjei suiker en koffie, al ag dae 'n stukkie rou vlees en 'n beker meel vir elke volwassene en 'n halwe beker vir elke kind gegee. Om 'n kind te hoor huil: "Ma ek het so honger; gee my tog 'n stukkie brood", en niks te h^e om vir hom to gee nie! Ag, dan kon my hart van droefheid en smart breek.'
They were given nothing to make fires and had to scavenge in the sheep kraal. They were not allowed to wash in the stream, but had to carry their water away.
Subsequently they were moved to Balmoral.
Unique ID:88452
Camp History
Name:Balmoral RC
Age arrival:42
Date arrival:03/08/1901
Date arrival:4/8/1901
Date departure:14/06/1902
Reason departure:returned home
Destination:Klipkoppjes Farm
Tent number:137
Notes:RT 137
Name:Middelburg RC
Age arrival:42
Date arrival:26/07/1901
Date departure:04/08/1901
Reason departure:transferred
Destination:Balmoral RC
Farm History
Name:Klipkoppies / Klipkoppen / Klipkopjes
Notes:share of farm
Status of Husband
Type:on commando
Notes:age 45
Mrs David Hermanus Petrus du Toit
      is the mother of Master Johan Diederik du Toit (Johaan Diederick; Johaan Diedrick)
      is the adoptive mother of Master Herold Johannes Nabel (du Toit, Harold Naba)
      is the adoptive mother of Master David Hermanus Petrus Nabel (du Toit; David Hermans Petrus)
      is the adoptive mother of Master Christian Rudolph Neethling Nabel (du Toit, Christian Rudolf Neethling)
      is the mother of Miss Sofia Jacomina du Toit (Sophia Jacomina)
      is the mother of Miss Elizabeth Gertruda Jacobus du Toit (Elizabeth Getruida Jacoba)
      is the adoptive mother of Miss Anna Sophia Nabel (du Toit, Anna Sofia)
      is the adoptive mother of Miss Magdalena Elizabetha Nabel (du Toit, Magdalena Elizabeth; Magdelena Elizabeth)
      is the adoptive mother of Miss Maria Johanna Nabel (du Toit)
      is the unknown of Mrs Sofia Jacomina Neethling
Title:DBC 47 Balmoral CR
Type:Camp register
Location:National Archives, Pretoria
Reference No.:DBC 47
Title:DBC 46 Balmoral CR
Type:Index camp register
Location:National Archives, Pretoria
Reference No.:DBC 46
Notes:T 01
Title:DBC 84 Middelburg CR
Type:Camp register
Location:National Archives, Pretoria
Reference No.:DBC 84
Notes:p. 422

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.