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From: "Rita Sondergaard" <>
Subject: Re: Boer POW Records
Date: Fri, 22 May 1998 16:37:38 -0000
I replied to you on this a while ago, and mentioned that I was happy to
capture some of the data for you. What I was wondering is : while you're
all still discussing what and how of the details databases etc the data
could so long be captured in access or excel and then uploaded into a
required format with minimal changes if any. I am happy to start on this
so long and you can either fax or photocopy some of the pages and get them
to me (if we both live close enough) and I'll begin.
Just a suggestion.
> From: Conrod Mercer <>
> Subject: Boer POW Records
> Date: Monday, May 18, 1998 9:39 PM
> Hi All,
> I have a xerox copy of the Red Cross Boer Prisoners of War from the
> Anglo-Boer War and following on from the previous discussions
> concerning a searchable data base of information here in South
> Africa, thought that this may be the ideal opportunity to get this
> information on line.
> I must say up front that there are 720 pages of names that are
> printed and in the format:
> Prisoner No.
> Christian Name
> Commando (on some sheets, Field Cornetcy on others)
> Home Address
> District (not on all sheets)
> Married or Single
> Where Captured
> Date of Capture (not on all sheets)
> Remarks (Normally shows place where a POW, i.e. Ceylon, St Helena,
> The information is in a table format with the headings listed above
> across the page and the details of the individuals down the page,
> under the headings.
> The information is broken down into sections as follows:
> No's 1-206 List of Prisoners of War - Natal
> No's 480 - 2579 List of Transvaal Prisoners of War
> 2580 - 3019 Second List of Transvaal Prisoners of War at Simon's Town
> 3020 - 3271 Transvaal Prisoners of War (at Ceylon)
> No's 3272 - 3499 Transvaal List
> No's 3500 - 4396 List of Prisoners of War at St Helena
> No's 4397 - 4405
> No's 5000 - 7101 Free State Prisoners of War
> No's 7102 - 7328 Green Point Track
> 7329 - 7404 Free State List
> This section seems to cover all those Boer's captured up-to 1900
> The next section starts at 23455 -32561 and seems to be for prisonors
> captured between 1901 and the end of the war.
> These list provide the details for 7404 plus (+) 9106 Boers
> captured during the Boer War. Total records = 16510 soldiers.
> Obviously such a list would take-up a great deal of space and in
> order to capture the information, would require the assistance of as
> many volunteers as are prepared to come forward as possible.
> I am of course looking for volunteers to assist in capturing this
> information :)
> Some questions that need to be answered before a project of this
> nature is undertaken are as follows:
> What format (software programme) should be used by all the volunteers
> so that the information is in the same format?
> How does one set-up a searchable data base on the internet?
> How will the records be distributed to the volunteers?
> Who will proofread the information once it has been captured?
> I'm sure that more questions will arise as we debate this issue.
> What do the members of the list think of this as a potential project
> for us to undertake in achieving the dream of adding to the store of
> knowledge on the Internet about South African Genealogy? Is it
> feasable and can we tackle it?
> I look forward to your comments in this regard.
> Conrod Mercer
> 28 Hosking Street, Brenthurst, Brakpan, 1541, RSA
> Home Page: http://home.global.co.za/~mercon/
> South-Africa-L and South-Africa-D listowner
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