Deelfontein is a small railway siding in the middle of the Karoo. While today it is a desolate and dusty place, it is nevertheless widely known by Boer War enthusiasts, both in South Africa and abroad.
This is because Deelfontein was the site of a huge military hospital during the Boer War. It has two cemeteries with 134 graves.
Deelfontein is situated 46km south of De Aar with a turnoff at Mynfontein.
Deelfontein was chosen at the turn of the century as a site for a Military Hospital by Lord Roberts, Commander in Chief of the British Forces in South-Africa.
Staff was recruited in January, 1900. Most of them sailed for South-Africa from Southampton on the SS Norman on February 10, that year.
The hospital was opened under the command of Colonel A T Sloggett on March 17, 1900. He had two years experience of running military hospitals and he also considered the site ideal.