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    On 5 April a detachment of 750 men from the Imperial Yeomanry, the Kimberley Mounted Corps and the 4th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, attacked a small commando of 150 led by Col (Veg-Gen) G.H.A.V. de Villebois Mareuil in laager on a farm eight kilometres south-east of Boshof. 

    The commando held out for four hours before being forced to surrender. De Villebois Mareuil (“The French General”) was killed by a shell and buried by the British with full military honours in Boshof cemetery.


    The body was reinterred at Magersfontein on 14 August 1971. 


    This action is also known as the battle of Boshoff.

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