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Anglo Boer War Concentration Camp Memorial

Posted by Roy says.... on Mon February 9, 2015 in Anglo Boer War History of Port Elizabeth.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has two memorials remembering the woman and children who suffered and died in the British Concentration Camps during the Anglo Boer War 1899 - 1902.

This little known Port Elizabeth concentration camp memorial was erected at Kemsley Park. Another memorial was erected in Uitenhage situated on the current show grounds. It is interesting to note that it was during the Anglo Boer War, for the first time in history that concentration camps were used.

The PE concentration camp was in operation from Dec 1900 until Nov 1902. It was inhabited by about 230 children and 85 women. The camp had a 1.5 high meter fence around it and huts were made from corrugated iron. A separate enclosed tented camp was occupied by 32 men. The camp was controlled by British military from Bloemfontein. The inhabitants came from Orange Free State, Jagersfontein and Fauresmith.

Among the inhabitants were General JBM Hertzog's mother,wife, three sister in law and their children. This camp was referred to as "model camp" compared to other concentration camps as few lost their lives here.

There are many ghostly tales believed to have come from this including past soldiers who roam the streets and certain landmarks in search of something.

Find this site in Lenox Street, Mount Croix, Port Elizabeth. It is at the entrance to the Old Grey Club.

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