General – Philip Rudolf Botha

General Philip Rudolf Botha
Philip Rudolf was born on 30 Junie 1851 in the distrik of Greytown in Natal . His parents was Louis Botha and his wife Salomina Adriana van Rooyen. Hy is the elder brother of  genl. Louis Botha who was the Commander of the Transvaal forces. He was 18 years old when his parents moved in 1869 from Natal and went to life near Vrede in the Orange Free State.
He was noted for his conduct at Paardeburg and Poplar Grove. While in command of the Harrismith burghers, he made a breakthrough at Sprinkaan’s Nek. He was married to Magdalena Maria Wessels. They had 11 children.
Near Senekal he was told by General Christiaan de Wet to look after the traitor Bole because he (De Wet) was tired of him and he restricted his movements. After De Wet left he instructed a few boers to take Boyle to a hill close by and shoot him. He was instructed to go to Bethlehem to be trialed by a court marshall for the murder of Boyle but before that happen he was killed in action while attacking the British positions near Ventersburg on 6 March 1901.

He was buried on his farm Kalverfontein  in the Vrede district.

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