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Capt. van Deventer, VCor POW, Ladysmith 1901 10 months 1 day ago #81246

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I found a letter in my great-grandfather's belongings, he was a Lt.Col in the Manchester Regiment, 2nd Battalion from a Capt. van Deventer written in 1901, thanking my great-grandfather for everything he had done for him. I am trying to find any information on Capt. van Deventer. I have attached the letter, any information / assistance will be appreciated.
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Capt. van Deventer, VCor POW, Ladysmith 1901 10 months 2 days ago #81260

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Hello Anna
Welcome to the forum.
I think Mr Van Deventer may have been a POW. The letter mentions Bermuda, I'm no expert on POWs but I did find 2 names which may help.
11117   Van Deventer  Hendrik Johannes
11118   Van Deventer  Lucas Johannes 
Both these gents were sent to Bermuda as Boer prisoners of war.
The V C may refer to Veld Cornet which was a rank in the Boer Kommando. It's only my humble opinion. Hopefully my fellow forum members will be able to help with clarification.

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Capt. van Deventer, VCor POW, Ladysmith 1901 10 months 2 days ago #81262

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Hi Dave

Thank you for the response, I will follow up on these 2 names, appreciate the assistance

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Capt. van Deventer, VCor POW, Ladysmith 1901 10 months 2 days ago #81264

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What a lovely piece of history. This poses a bit of a puzzler. Working solely on the medal rolls (medals issued) to the Boers, only 2 Gert Van Deventer's present themselves - neither of them are officer ranks - one a normal Burger and the other a Corporal.

Of course it is possible that your Captain Van Deventer (the rank by the way is a scarce one to Boer Commandos), never claimed his medal - many didn't.

I also looked at the POW's as your man mentioned he was headed for Bermuda? In total there were 59 POW's recorded with the surname Van Deventer - only a handful of these ended up in Bermuda and none of these were a Gert or a Gert J. as I seem to think he signed the letter.

I am sorry I am not of more help.

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Capt. van Deventer, VCor POW, Ladysmith 1901 10 months 1 day ago #81266

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Hi Rory
Thank you for the response, it was a great find for me, showing my great-grandfather was a good man and treated people kindly in a difficult situation. I was the first to show interest in discovering everything I could about him and his career, so I am starting on a clean slate. If you might be interested, I am also trying to find information on medals I discovered within his belongings, they all were issued to Dooly Bearers, I have 2 X Bronze SA Queen's medals , 1 x Khedive's Sudan Medal, 1 x India General Service Medal, Clasp Burma, 2 x India General Service Medal, Clasp Relief of Chitral, all are named, none share the same details.

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Capt. van Deventer, VCor POW, Ladysmith 1901 10 months 1 day ago #81267

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Anna
Is it possible you could share your G Grandfather's name and a little more detail regarding his date of birth and where he lived? Also, what numbers and names are
there on the IGS Burma and GS Chitral?
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