General – Sarel Francois Oosthuizen.

General Sarel Francois Oosthuizen.
Birthplace: Sterkfontein, Pretoria on March 22, 1862.
Son of Daniel Jacobus Oosthuizen and Anna Susanna du Toit and husband of Susanna Cornelia Hendrika Johanna Alberts
capturing Winston Churc hill -After the locomotive’s escape from the ambush, the Boers captured Captain Haldane, a non-commissioned officer of the Dublin Fusiliers, along with 53 more non-commissioned officers and troops. It was here that Field-Cornet Sarel Oosthuizen succeeded in capturing Winston Churchill.
A Boer contingent was under the command of General Sarel Oosthuizen. Smith-Dorien decided to return to Krugersdorp with the main contingent of his force, but left a battalion of Royal Scottish Fusiliers under the command of Captain Trenchard to cover his back and to protect a gun battery. During the following skirmishes Trenchard was seriously wounded.General Sarel Oosthuizen was fatally wounded and a Captain Younger killed in the fight for the possession of the gun battery.
The battle of Dwarsvlei has also been referred to as Leeuhoek, Doornboschfontein and Onrus, all being names of farms in the area that the
action took place in that day. Various bigger and smaller skirmishes were fought in the Krugersdorp District. The exceptions are the Battle of Dwarsvlei (7 July 1900) and the Battle of Nooitgedacht (13 December 1900). Major-General H.A. Smith-Dorien was en route to Hekpoort with his army consisting of Gordon Highlanders, Shopshire Light Infantry, Imperial Yeoman, Royal Scottish Fusiliers and the 7th Battery Royal Field Artillery when his advance was stopped on the farm Dwarsvlei by a contingent Boers under the command of General Sarel Oosthuizen.
Oosthuizen died three days later from his wounds.
Death: Died August 14, 1900 in Zanddrift, Krokodilrivier
Cause of death: Died of wounds received in action during the Anglo Boer War at battle of Dwarsvlei.
Place of Burial: In the Krugersdorp Cemetery, Captain Younger’s headstone stands thirty paces away from the memorial stone to veg general Sarel Oosthuizen and his younger brother, corporal Isak Johannes Oosthuizen (who died on 20 April 1902, a few days before the end of the war).
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