Hendrik Lourens Botes

My Maternal Grandfather

Born 14 June 1897 in Boshoff, Orange Free State.

Died 3 June 1956 in Benoni, Transvaal

Hendrik Lourens Botes was a Sergeant in the old South African Police and was accorded a Military Funeral.

He received the following medals:

  • Faithful Service Medal in 1940. At age 43
  • African Service Medal in August of 1945. At age 48

Hendrik Botes volunteered for active duty during the Second World War but was found to be unfit due to heart problems. For carrying out his Police duties during this time he was awarded the African Service Medal.

During the Anglo Boer War 1899 to 1902 he was taken with his Mother and two elder Sisters, Ellie Sophia Botes and Martha Louisa Botes, to the Kimberley Concentration Camp. They arrived on the 25 May 1901 and released on the 22 August 1902.

From left – Hendrik Lourens Botes (Grand Father), Ellie Sophia Botes (His Sister), Sophia Caroline Botes (His Daughter, later Prinsloo), Martha Louisa Botes (His Sister, Van Coller), Diana Margaret De Witt (My Grand Mother), Susanna Maria Botes (His Daughter, My Mother, Later Norval), in the wheelchair Jacobus Johannes Van Coller