Van Der Walt, Johannes Christiaan. Burger

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1 year 5 days ago #45302 by Adrian123456
Hi Mike

Yes it does.

I would start by getting his ABO application papers, they show in which commandoes he served, dates, injuries, capture etc.

I will get this one for you.

I am no expert on Boer commandoes, but a quick look shows that Smithfield took part in the Battle of Biddulphsberg on 29 May 1900, under Kommandant J Potgieter.

There are also mentions in De Wet's "Three Years War" like this extract:

"The first, some five hundred men in all, consisted chiefly of Smithfield burghers under Commandant Swanepoel, of Yzervarkfontein, but there were also some Wepener men amongst them. I gave General Froneman the command over this party, and ordered him to proceed without delay and attack the small English garrison at Smithfield.
Christiaan Rudolf De Wet – Three Years’ War"

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Adrian

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1 year 3 days ago #45312 by QSAMIKE
Good Morning Adrian.....

I found the following in Hall's Handbook of the Anglo Boer War......

SMITHFIELD Commando, outline of Service......

Stormberg, Smithfield, Wepener, Korannaberg, Ladybrand and Brandwater Basin

SMITHFIELD Commando, Commandant's.......

Commandant J. Swanepoel
Commandant J.F. Polgeiter

Commando Numbers: 299

Thanks for the info that you found for me.......

Mike

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1 year 3 days ago #45318 by Adrian123456
Hi Mike

Please PM me and I will email you the file directly.
But here is his ABO application form: Vorm "B".
Its full of good information.
Regards

Adrian



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1 year 3 days ago #45319 by Adrian123456
Hi Mike

A translation into English may be required:

It says

Force or Commando
Burger Force Smithfield Kommando


Date and Place

From 3rd October 1899 to February 1900
Service in ? in Cape Province
See Column 6

Name of Officers

Johannes Swanepoel Kommandant
Smithfield District
Merten Kruger
Veldkornet Smithfield
Christiaan de Wet
President Steyn
General Botha


Battles or Engagements

Stormberg
Bethuliebrug (Bethulie Bridge)
Mostershoek in Cape Province between Brak River and Hopetown
Last battle
Prisoner of war taken in 1901 and sent to India
Came back in November 1902

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10 months 3 weeks ago #45989 by QSAMIKE
Well Everyone I guess I will not be doing the Jiffy Bag Dance......... :( :( :( :(

It seems that this medal was either Lost or Stolen in the mail en-route South Africa to Canada via UK........

Got my payment back from seller but that is not the point.......

Maybe you can keep your eyes open for it.......

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10 months 3 weeks ago #45992 by sahpa2000
Tracking number results?
Very sorry to hear...

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