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Deelfontein Cemetery

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.

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