ABO (Burger W.G. Raubenheimer). City Coins August 2011.
There were some “problems” with the ABO/LvW application of George Raubenheimer!
He claimed service from 13 October 1899, initially under Comdt. Visser (Lichtenburg Cdo), and subsequently with the Griqualand Commando. He was wounded at Koedoes Rand (February 1900) and taken prisoner in May 1900. The contentious part was his statement that he was then sent to Bulawayo, Kimberley and Vryburg gaols and ended up in the Concentration Camp at Kimberley. He strongly denied having taken parole and maintained that he was in the various gaols as PoW. He stated that he was classified as a Cape Rebel (due to him being a resident of Beaconsfield) and this led to him being detained to the end of the war in the Kimberley Camp. The O/C, No. 6 Military District, was not prepared to make a recommendation regarding the application, but the Central Medal Board accepted Raubenheimer’s bona fides and eventually granted him the ABO and LvW.