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KnoetzeCasparusArtilleristAwarded the ABO. Comdt. D. v DeventerBoer Forces
KockAntonie FrancoisThe son of General J H M Kock, and grandson of Com. J H L Kock. His grandfather, who was one of the Boer pioneers (Voortrekkers), fought against the English under Warren at Boomplaats. His father, General Kock, acted, before the annexation of the Transvaal to the British in 1877, as Member of the Volksraad, and in the war of 1880-81 he acted as Vecht General over the District of Potchefstroom. Advocate Kock was born at Bronkhorstfontein District, Potchefstroom, Sep 20, 1869. He was educated at Potchefstroom and Pretoria. In 1885 he took the Republican Scholarship at Pretoria, and was sent to the Netherlands, where he attended the Gymnasium at Doetinchcm. As the scholarship was subject to certain restrictions his father renounced it, giving his son a free hand. In 1891 he went to Scotland, and during his stay there he revived the SA Union at Edinburgh. At that time he was endeavouring to establish a Union of all South Africans in Europe. After remaining seven months in Edinburgh he went to London, where, in 1892, he was admitted as a student of the Middle Temple. He was called to the English Bar, and after a short visit to Paris he went to Delagoa Bay in June, 1895, and attended the inauguration of the Delagoa Bay Railway as Member of the Festivities Committee. He was admitted as Advocate, after an examination in the Local Laws of the Transvaal, to the High Court of the SAR. On June 8, 1897, he was appointed a Puisne Judge of the SAR Among other well-known oases, he defended Colonel Ferrcira, who was tried for having maliciously, wrongfully, and illegally pegged off the property of J B Robinson at Randfontein. He secured the acquittal of the colonel. He made himself notorious at the trial of Constable Jones (over which he presided) for the murder of the Englishman Edgar, by declaring when he discharged the prisoner with a verdict of not guilty that he hoped that the police under difficult circumstances would always know-how to do their duty. In the troublesome political times before the war he showed himself an uncompromising opponent of the British. At the meeting of burghers at Paardekraal, Krugersdorp, to discuss the coming war, he addressed the burghers, urging them to maintain their rights as an independent Republic against Great Britain. At the outbreak of the war he accompanied his father, who was appointed Assist.-Comdt. General, and was present at Elandslaagte, and with him when he was mortally wounded. A few months later he joined Assist.-Comdt. Lucas Meyer. After being with the Boers before Ladysmith for some time, He went with General Meyer to Colenso, and during the battle of Spion Kop he was in command at Colenso, reinforcing the Spion Kop position with about 1,500 burghers, and at the same time kept the British at bay at Colenso and the lower part of the Tugela River. After remaining three months, he left Colenso on leave for Pretoria, and was in that city during the retreat of the burgher forces from Colenso and Ladysmith. He there arranged, in conjunction, it is said, with State Secretary Reitz, to destroy the mines and meet the British on their ruins. He was prevented from doing this, and was arrested by Dr Krause on June 2, who, in making the arrest, asserted that he acted under instructions of Commndt. General Louis Botha. After being confined in a fort he was taken under armed escort to Pretoria, and was lodged in a room on the racecourse amongst about 5,000 English prisoners of war. He was released after narrowly falling into the hands of Lord Roberts, and went to join the forces round Pretoria, where he was slightly wounded in the leg. Retreating with the burghers he arrived at Machadodorp, where as President of Courts-Martial he tried the Cooper case, at Machadodorp, where the prisoner was sentenced to be shot for having blown up a railway bridge with dynamite on the Delagoa line, causing the death of a night watch; and the case of Pienaar, a Boer Comdt., who was sentenced to six months' imprisonment with hard labour at Nelspruit, for attempted fraud on the Transvaal Government Proceeding to Delagoa Bay, after an attempt upon his life, he was arrested by the Portuguese authorities, lodged in a fort for three days, and then requested to leave the bay for Europe. He went to Paris and met President Kruger. He then visited the Boer prisoners of war at Portugal, and subsequently made several attempts to got back to the scene of war in S A, and finally succeeded. He was, however, captured by the British and looked up for ten weeks, when he was tried as a rebel spy. He was found guilty and sentenced to be shot, but acquitted on a legal point raised by him and upheld by the State Attorney at Pretoria. He was thereupon banished for life, but succeeded in escaping and making his way up country as far as Estcourt. He then went to Pretoria and surrendered himself under the terms of surrender, but he was again arrested and lodged in the Artillery Camp. He finally took the oath of allegiance and was liberated. He afterwards practised as an Advocate in Johannesburg and edited the newspaper De Transvaaler. Boer Forces
KockJ H MGeneralKock was born at Graaff-Reinet in 1835. Hw was only 10 when he witnessed the Battle of Zwartkopjes. At 13 he was at the Battle of Boomplaats (August 1848). He served as Landdrost (Magistrate) of Potchefstroom in 1874, and was elected to the Volksraad. He became a member of the Executive Council of the ZAR In 1892. In the early days of the Boer War eh advanced southwards swiftly and took the mining town of Elandslaagte, 16 miles from Ladysmith. The Battle of Elandslaagte saw him mortally wounded. He was buried in the Old Cemetery in Pretoria. In the archives of the Siege Museum in Ladysmith is a photocopy of a contemporary newspaper article on the death of General Kock. The source of the article is not identified. The article is reproduced here as it presents a different perspective on the events leading to General Kock's mortal wounding. The following is an extract from a letter written by Vyvian J Cogill, the well-known mile runner, a lad of 19, addressed to his mother in Johannesburg. He was with the Johannesburg Commando, and stuck to General Kock to the last, was with him when he fell, and only left him when it was impossible to render further service. “We kept firing till the infantry came on and looked like surrounding us: then some fled. In the flight the Germans suffered heaviest. Some fifty of us, however, stuck to our posts with the officers. Then the fire from the Maxims and the cannon became so hot that we retreated to the back of the kop, where Commandant Viljoen and General Kock rallied our men, and we came forward again. Some of the others took the nearest horses and cleared off; but twelve of us stuck to the General and returned to the guns, while the balance went with Commandant Viljoen to the other side of the kop. When the English were about 500 yards away we mowed them down like sheep. It was terrible! I never felt a little bit of fear. I prayed to God, and fired like a soldier, taking aim every time. All the time, a good many men were retreating. I was about ten yards from the General, behind three stones, when a lyddite shell struck the first of the three, about two yards in front of me, and burst, sending the stones all over the place; a piece of stone just falling by my side. Then the General and some others retreated, and we followed suit. We stopped, and just as we stood, one of the men close to me was shot in the side and ran like a buck. We followed, saw him mount a horse, and get away. By this time we were only fifty men altogether left on the kop, and the English soldiers were climbing up and surrounding the kop. Some of the Highlanders were running after our men, when eight of us, including General Kock, opened fire on them at 50 yards, and not one escaped. Just then General Kock was shot down just at my side, and three others wounded within five yards of me. I stood up and said “God help me,” and van Niekerk (detective) got a shot in his wrist. As his hand dropped he took his gun in his left, threw his gun over his arm, and continued firing as if nothing had happened. General Kock lay half-dying at our feet, and we could not help him. Then the infantry came round the other side of the kop and there was only a space of 200 yards to go through to get out, and only about five men standing on the kop, with bullets and shells flying around. None of us would put up the white flag and we made a break for safety. The English turned a maxim on us, and I never ran in all my life as I did then. When I got down my horse was gone, but I found another, and, after just escaping a charge from the Lancers, got clean away. I slept in a Kaffir kraal that night and met Commandant Viljoen the next day as I was going to Newcastle.Boer Forces
KoedykSybrand HermanustSers/Maj.Awarded the ABO. ArtillerieBoer Forces
KoenCarel JohannesSersantAwarded the LVW & ABO. StaatsartillerieBoer Forces
KoenCarel JohannesLieutenantAwarded the DTD & ABO. StaatsartillerieBoer Forces
KolbeWillem JGeneralBorn near Philippolis, OFS, in 1847. He grew up in Bloemfontein and saw active service in 1865 in the Basuto War. He led the Bloemfontein Commando during the Boer War. He was present during the siege of Kimberley and later at Paardeberg, Driefontein and the Brandwater Basin. He also accompanied De Wet during his incursion into Cape Colony in February 1901.Boer Forces
KoopmansMrs de WetShe was the daughter of H de Wet, a member of one of the most aristocratic old Dutch families, who assisted in the framing of the Constitution of the Cape, and who was the first President of the Legislative Council. Mrs Koopmans reigned in years gone by as the social queen in Cape Town. She formed a warm friendship with the Empress Eugenie at the time of the Prince Imperial's death, and with other Royalties and distinguished strangers who visited the Cape. At the outbreak of the Boer War Mrs Koopmans gave, her support to the friends of the Republics, and her drawing room became the rendezvous of the leaders of the Dutch party. Her influence in the country was far-reaching, but in spite of her alienation from the policy of the Imperial Government, she was a staunch supporter of Sir Bartle Frere, and formed intimate friendships with Lord Loch, Lord Rosmead, and General Baden-Powell, whom, however, she refused to receive when he returned from defending Mafeking, saying, "He has shed the blood of my people and I cannot receive him". She died in the summer of 1906.Boer Forces
KorckPieter WilliamArtilleristAwarded the ABO. StaatsartillerieBoer Forces
KorffChristiaan HermanusArtilleristAwarded the ABO. Comdt. SchoemanBoer Forces
KotzeLouis JacobusArtilleristAwarded the ABO. PretoriaBoer Forces
KotzeLouis JacobusArtilleristAwarded the ABO. SmithfieldBoer Forces
KrigeJosephLieutenantAwarded the ABO. ArtillerieBoer Forces
KritzingerPieter HendrickGeneralHe was born in 1870 near Port Elizabeth and moved in 1882 to the Orange Free State. In 1887 he began farming in Rouxville and served in the local commando when war broke out, as did Commandant Fouche. He saw action in Cape Colony in December 1900 and in the Free State under General de Wet and was a distinguished soldier. Promoted to the rank of General himself in April 1901 and once more returned to the Cape in May 1901. His reputation of being a very effective guerrilla leader grew from his raids into the Cape in 1900-1091. He was captured after being wounded in Cape Colony in December 1901. He was tried for murder in March 1902 but acquitted. After the war, he helped to raised money for Christian National education. He served as a member of the Cape Provincial Council in 1930 and died in 1935. Boer Forces
KroonThomasKapteinAwarded the DTD,LVW & ABO. StaatsartillerieBoer Forces
KrugerAndries JacobSers/Maj.Awarded the ABO. ArtillerieBoer Forces
KrugerBarend CorneliusArtilleristAwarded the LVW & ABO. ArtillerieBoer Forces
KrugerChristiaan WillemBurgerAwarded the ABO. StaatsartillerieBoer Forces
KrugerDaniel FrederickSers/Maj.Awarded the LVW & ABO. StaatsartillerieBoer Forces
KrugerGerhardus HendrikLieutenantAwarded the DTD,LVW & ABO. StaatsartillerieBoer Forces
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