Legendary Karoo Field Hospital Celebrated


Deelfontein cemetery is nearly all that remains of the legendary Imperial Yeomanry Hospital in the Karoo,


Yeomen of the Karoo, authored by Rose Willis, Arnold van Dyk and JC “Kay” de Villiers, has just made the Finalist lineup in the Self Publisher Awards section of the Richmond Boekbedonnerd Festival on October 25-28.

In terms of depth of research and clear writing style, the book is an awesome achievement, and a must-have for anyone interested in the human interest side of the bitter Anglo-Boer (South African) War.


Cover image of Yeomen of the Karoo. Photo courtesy of Van Dyk ABO Trust Collection.

Yeomen is all about a massive field hospital set up by a small group of British high society ladies at a railway siding between Richmond and De Aar called Deelfontein.

Rose Willis, an old friend of Karoo Space, is recognised as the most popular cultural history scribe in the region. Van Dyk and De Villiers, her co-authors, bring both medical expertise and historical knowledge of the war to the project.

  • The September 2017 issue of South African Country Life magazine has the full story on the book and the place, written and photographed by Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit.
  • Yeomen is available from Firefly Publications: Email: palberts@telkomsa.net or you can contact Rose Willis directly at 082 926 0474.

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4 Responses to Legendary Karoo Field Hospital Celebrated

  1. Sarah Welham August 29, 2017 at 5:58 am #

    What will this book sell for? I have to get a copy. Ray and I have visited the site of the hospital on a couple of occasions on our way home from Boekbedonnerd.

    • Julienne du Toit August 29, 2017 at 2:27 pm #

      Hi there! The price of the book is R450.

  2. Sarah Welham August 29, 2017 at 6:00 am #

    The email address for P Alberts appears to be wrong. My email to them is returned, “undeliverable”.

    • Julienne du Toit August 29, 2017 at 2:24 pm #

      Hi Sarah – Thanks for pointing this out. Please also try Rose Willis’ email: rosewillis705@gmail – Thanks, Chris

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