General – Paul Hendrik Roux

Born On 1862/09/28 at Hopetown
He originally wanted to become a journalist, but after being exposed to the sermons of Dr Andrew Murray, a Dutch Reformed missionary whom had been sent from Scotland to South Africa, he decided on becoming a church minister in the Dutch Reformed Church. At age 37, Reverend Paul Roux joined Anglo-Boer War as a Boer preacher from the Dutch Reformed Church, Senekal. In May 1900 General AI de Villiers was fatally founded and Paul Roux assumed his command. Paul Roux, who was a minister at Senekal, was much younger than Prinsloo and had drawn attention to himself and his commando in Natal by making useful suggestions about the organization of the forces and by his devotion to the wounded. After General P H de Villiers had become disabled at Biddulphsberg, Roux had been appointed veg-genernal in spite of some jealousy from other commandants.
 At the outbreak of the Boer War in 1899 he joined the Boer forces and fought as a guerrilla fighter. He was considered to be exceptionally brave and clever and was soon promoted to the position of Fighting General (Veg-Generaal). During the war he was caught by the British forces and banished to Ceylon where he remained for two years until the end of the war. He was held there in captivity for eight months before anyone in his family found out what had happened to him. General Roux’s wife, Hettie, was sent to a British concentration camp in Winburg in the Orange Free State along with her two young children and their fox terrier, Vix. General Lord Kitchener, the British military commander, became so frustrated with the Boers’ guerrilla warfare tactics that he embarked on a strategy of flushing out the Boer guerrillas by clearing the countryside of everything that could possibly sustain them—farmhouses and farm buildings, horses, cattle, sheep, and even the women and children. This caused enormous bitterness amongst the Boer folk, which in some quarters has not entirely dissipated to this day. He was a man of great courage, but though a stout fighter and a good general, he is said to have never carried a weapon in his hands.By
July 1900 Paul Roux and his outfit had joined General de Wet’s commando On 1900/07/19 they were forced to surrender with General Prinsloo at Brandwaterkom. Paul Roux was at that stage chairman of the Council of War and as such received the blame for the surrender.
Paul Roux was exiled to Dyatalawa, Ceylon, but returned to Senekal after the end of the war. In 1905 he took up a position at the Dutch
Reformed Church, Beaufort West where lived until his death on 1911/06/08
He died during an outing to Nyasaland in 1911 after contracting sleeping-sickness.