HC Deb 05 August 1902 vol 112 cc667-8
MR. CHANNING (Northamptonshire, E.)

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether a Boer officer, named Solomon Van Os, was shot by order of a court martial at Heidelberg, South Africa, on 23rd June; and, if so, will he state the charge and the nature of the evidence against him, and by whom he was tried.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Brodrick.) The person alluded to is evidently Solomon Vonaas, who was convicted of the murder of Captain Myers, South African Constabulary, on September 25th, by a military court held at Heidelberg on the 19th June, and was sentenced to death. Captain Myers went † See preceding Volume, p. 1348. out alone to meet a party of three Boers, who had approached the blockhouse line under a white flag, and asked to see an officer. While talking to them, Captain Myers was shot and stripped in broad daylight, and in full view of the blockhouses. The identity of the men was established, and Vonaas confessed that he was the man who actually shot Captain Myers.