ABO (Burger P. J. Raats). City Coins November 2007
Saturday, 12 May 1900, saw Commandant Sarel Eloff (a grandson of Pres Kruger) with some 200 men making a last desperate attempt to take Mafeking. They succeeded in penetrating the outer defences of the town and captured the fort in which Colonel Hore had his headquarters. However, the backup and support promised by General Snyman did not materialise. Half of his men managed to escape, but Eloff with 109 officers and men (including Pieter Raatsl had to surrender. That night Eloff was invited to dinner with Baden-Powell.
The official Prisoner-of-War register makes for interesting reading. It contains names such as Capt. Victor Albert Du Framond (French Army), Lt. Carlo Bruno (Italian Navy), Lt. Friedrich Reichard (Germany) and Burghers Antonia Francisco (Oporto, Portugal), Alfred Giradet (Berne, Switzerland), Barend Gyswyt (Leeuwaarden, Holland) and Maurice le Gall (Paris, France). All the PoW’s were sent to St. Helena.