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Aragorn
Saturday, March 22nd, 2008, 10:39 PM
A project that received the full support of the authorities was the erection of a monument in remembrance of those Boers who had died while in captivity. Rev van Blerk was put in touch with the Committee for the Restoration of the Anglican Cathedral and it was decided to build an obelisk of Nova Scotia freestone on a base of Bermuda limestone. The monument, which has the names of the dead inscribed on its plinth, was duly erected by the convicts at one end of the Lond Island cemetery and it was dedicated by the Bishop of Newfoundland and Bermuda in 1903.
Most of the carving on this obelisk was done by Francois "Rooi Faan" van der Merwe, a real extrovert with long red hair, whose natural exuberance had got him into many a scrape both before and during the war. On his return home, he was a well known designer of clothes, a successful garage owner, and superintendent of a power station - all without the benefit of previous training! He died in Krugerspan in 1958 at the age of 81.

There are some errors and discrepancies with regard to the names and dates inscribed on the monument and Dr Carl Schulenburg, who visited Long Island in 1974, has meticulously researched the subject with reference to various burial registers and information obtained from the Pretoria Archives. The definitive list of the 35 dead is as follows:

GRAVE - NUMBER - NAME and AGE - CAUSE - BURIAL DATE

01 119117 DJ Roodt (19) Enteric fever 6.7.01
02 19883 P de Klerck (22) Enteric fever 19.8.01
03 20371 WJ Smith (30) Erysipelas 26.8.01
04 19662 SJ Eloff (37) Carcinoma 10.9.01
05 19971 PW Maartens (23) Enteric fever 11.9.01
06 20093 LA Nel (54) Heart disease 15.9.01
07 21491 JN Steyn (31) Enteric fever 23.9.01
08 21023 CS de Haas (55) Pneumonia 3.10.01
09 17429 WDJ van Vuuren (71) Debility 4.11.01
10 19883 D de Klerk (19) Meningitis 21.11.01
11 20852 JA Calitz (41) Pnemuonia 21.11.01
12 21330 JP du Plessis (53) Pneumonia 30.12.01
13 24507 DF Beukes (19) Pneumonia 23.1.01
14 20326 PB Schalkwyk (41) Pneumonia 30.1.02
15 26127 GC Olivier (31) Heart disease 01.2.02
16 26047 TD Moolman (12) Meningitis 08.3.02
17 20663 S Charalaahedron (22) Tuberculosis 18.3.02
18 20339 AHA Schoeman (65) Syncope 30.3.02
19 25530 DJ Botha (40) Pneumonia 31.3.02
20 21309 RJ Opperman (45) Bright's disease 07.4.02
21 20843 *DJ de Bruyn (18) Enteric fever 08.4.02
22 16870 F Bosch (16) Shot escaping 28.4.02
23 20654 AJ van der Walt (66) Pneumonia 29.4.02
24 19638 WC Diedericks (66) Heart disease 01.5.02
25 20102 DG Nortje (53) Syncope 31.5.02
26 20562 JS Vermaak (53) Dysentery 02.7.02
27 24809 JH Joubert (67) Pericarditis 04.7.02
28 25116 DS Prinsloo (66) Gastritis 20.7.02
29 20048 BE Meyer (36) Enteric fever 15.8.02
30 26685 WJJ van Zyl (20) Heart disease 23.8.02
31 26326 SW van der Sandt (41) Enteric fever 03.9.02
32 21003 NJ Goosen (27) Tuberculosis 06.9.02
33 25269 *SJ Steyn (49) Bright's disease 12.9.02
34 21496 *JH Steyn (20) Enteric fever 06.11.02
35 21078 *WE Johnston (27) Enteric fever 15.1.03

WE Johnstone had died in 1901 during the period that the rebels (*) were held in the military prison at St. George's. He had been buried there, but his remains were moved to Long Island on the date shown.

Source: BOER PRISONERS OF WAR IN BERMUDA, published 1962 by the Bermuda Historical Society , Par-la-Ville, Hamilton, Bermuda.


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