This is small article that appeared on the Natal Mercury late October 1899 :
AN INJURED GUNNER
Gunner C Florens , late of the Natal Naval Volunteers , called at this office on Saturday , and asked us to contradict what he stated was rumour in town that he has deserted from the force, but had been captured going on board a ship at Durban, by sailors of the HMS Tartar .The fact is that Gunner Florens was run over by a big gun at Ladismith, and has received his discharge as being medically unfit. He has been granted a pension for two years.
Is this the same man as Flarcus, which would appear to be a misspelling on the roll or read wrong ? As he was not in Ladysmith as of the 3rd of November 1899, he would not be entitled to the Defence of Ladysmith bar.
There is a C Florens who joined the Natal Mounted Rifles in March of 1901